FERAL – Validation and virtual integration for complex digital ecosystems

Fraunhofer IESE at CEBIT 2018

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New digital ecosystems are currently emerging in all areas of our lives, which combine existing products and processes via software and data. One central challenge in this respect is the integration of components and sys-tems, which increasingly takes place dynamically and at runtime. Particular-ly systems such as automotive platforms, which even make safety-relevant decisions in an automated manner and on which, in extreme cases, human lives may depend, must then be validated and tested in a particular way. This includes, for instance, automotive platforms that can dynamically re-ceive and integrate driving functions. At this year’s CEBIT in Hannover from 12 to 15 June 2018, Fraunhofer IESE will present its FERAL solution at the joint Fraunhofer booth in Hall 27, Booth E78. Visitors will be able to experi-ence live how the virtual integration and validation works with suitable models and “digital twins”.

At the fair booth, Fraunhofer IESE will use automotive platforms as an application example to show you how the real and the virtual world can be linked and how the FERAL simulation framework can be used to thoroughly test individual soft-ware functions in their complex interaction. Model cars that drive autonomously and that the visitors can follow virtually on the monitor will demonstrate the inte-gration of various driving functions. Experts call these virtual hardware-in-the-loop tests.

The FERAL solution of Fraunhofer IESE is a simulation platform with various com-ponents, which allow integrating even complex, heterogeneous scenarios into a test scenario and systematically checking properties in a protected virtual space with the help of digital twins. Such a scenario may be the correct functioning of a pedestrian recognition system or the faultless interaction of two functions from different manufacturers. As no physical test setups and experiments are needed, costs can be saved; on the other hand, specific situations can be generated that only occur rarely in reality or that involve a lot of risk.

The use of FERAL permits the realization of numerous networking scenarios with different protocols, incl. CAN, Flexray, and Ethernet. The underlying concepts and the FERAL framework can be used independent of the application purpose for all systems where the great complexity of heterogeneous systems and high quality require-ments on safety and reliability come together.

Furthermore only on Tuesday, 12 June, at CeBIT:

GDPR and Privacy by Design: With IND²UCE, Fraunhofer IESE offers next-generation data protection technology

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) of the EU will enter into full force on 25 May 2018. Personal data will be protected better; customers and con-sumers will get significantly more rights; companies will be held more accountable. The concept of Privacy by Design, which will be required by regulation for the first time in the GDPR, is closely connected to all levels of an organization and means new, comprehensive challenges for companies: from the organization of processes to the software and the systems that support these processes and per-form automated data processing.
At an exclusive event at CEBIT on 12 June, we will present IND²UCE, the next-generation data protection technology. IND²UCE enables Privacy by Design through simple, efficient, effective, and safe integration into existing software, sys-tems, and digital ecosystems. IND²UCE combines components that are crucial for the successful implementation of the GDPR: internal formalization of data protec-tion requirements and guidelines, their management, as well as their technical en-forcement at runtime.

By using IND²UCE, organizations will greatly save on development and mainte-nance effort – particularly in the uniform technical implementation of the individu-ally permitted and purpose-related processing of personal data. At runtime, IND²UCE enables adapting the processing of data without any changes being nec-essary to the application software or the organization‘s system.

This allows organizations to achieve GDPR compliance in the area of technical Pri-vacy by Design faster and on a highly reliable level. In addition, the risk of reporta-ble data protection incidents is reduced considerably.

At the Fraunhofer booth, we will present a scenario from the financial industry where bank customers can flexibly control various views of their account infor-mation for third parties with the help of IND²UCE without any changes having to be made to the underlying processing system.