Europe invests 50 million euros into secure automated systems

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69 partners, including Fraunhofer IESE in Kaiserslautern, are collaborating in the development of future technologies with a focus on security, safety, and privacy across numerous application domains.

SECREDAS stands for “Product Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems”. The SECREDAS consortium – consisting of 69 partners from 16 European countries – started the research and innovation project, which is being funded in the context of the ECSEL Joint Undertaking with 50 million euros for the establishment of a GDPR-compliant reference architecture for safe and secure automated systems. The focus is on the areas of Automotive, Rail, and Personal Healthcare, all of which demand a high degree of security and safety, covering technologies such as radar, lidar, vehicle-to-infrastructure, and in-vehicle networks.

Within the SECREDAS project, Fraunhofer IESE is in charge of task management in the areas of Supervisor Architecture for Mitigating Safety & Security Issues, and Safety, Security & Privacy Analysis of Design Patterns. The Supervisor architecture allows the most critical system requirements to be assigned to a highly reliable channel. The planned architecture will make use of the institute’s rich background on safety@runtime methods. For the task of analyzing design patterns, the Fraunhofer IESE departments dealing with safety and security will combine their respective competencies into a joint development process.

The project started on 1 May 2018 and the kick-off took place on 16-17 May on the premises of NXP Semiconductors, the project coordinator. The project has a duration of 3 years. The first results are expected to be presented at the ITS European Congress, which will take place in Helmond/Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from 3 to 6 June 2019 (see

Bert De Colvenaer, executive director of ECSEL JU: “SECREDAS is one of the first projects funded by ECSEL JU that deals with security, safety, and privacy across numerous application domains. The new European GDPR offers the opportunity to develop future technologies capable of answering the pressing questions regarding safety, security, and privacy. With this, the ECSEL JU program once again demonstrates its flexibility when it comes to addressing new challenges.”

Patrick Pype, project manager of SECREDAS: “We are proud to have been able to bring together the most important European stakeholders with experience in the respective application domains as well as in the area of security & privacy. This will lead to a giant leap forward regarding the confidence of road users in autonomous means of transport as well as confidence in the healthcare system. The consortium estimates that 25% of all road vehicles will be equipped with the SECREDAS technology by 2030, which corresponds to a value of 10 billion euros.”

The integration of the safety, security, and privacy of networked and automated systems is a concern for many consumers in the European Union in numerous application domains. For example, one in four potential buyers/users in Europe hesitates when it comes to automated driving, which is mainly due to a lack of confidence in safety in this area. This is why industry and research must jointly develop an answer to ensure that these concerns no longer constitute obstacles to further development in the transport and health sectors.

The superordinate goal of SECREDAS is the development and validation of multi-domain architecture methodologies, reference architectures, components, and suitable integration and verification approaches for automated systems, as well as the consideration of and influence on standardization, certification, and qualification in different domains. High levels of security and privacy protection are combined in all these aspects, while safety and performance are maintained. SECREDAS is an important step towards the development of “confidence-building” components and (sub-)systems, particularly for the European transport and medical industry of tomorrow.

The vision of SECREDAS is to take an important step forward by providing the appropriate means for increasing this trustworthiness. This will contribute to making networked and automated vehicles a reality on the market, thus ensuring that European OEMs will remain competitive and able to maintain their global leadership together with the providers of embedded systems and semiconductors. Additionally, SECREDAS deals with cross-domain technologies in the areas of cyber-security, privacy, and safety for automated systems in the personal healthcare and rail transport sectors, with strong support for cross-domain actions.


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