Smart Cities


One of the driving forces for smart cities is the enhancement of public safety – in terms of infrastructure, devices etc – that has emerged from the recent development of the smart cities concept. The scope is to ensure and safeguard privacy concerns, aiming at applying the framework on systems that target the physical security. The main requirements are:

  • Privacy and confidentiality of data exchanged within systems
  • Integrity of data sources and restricted access to data

The core objective is to automate the interactions between various technologies and systems comprising heterogeneous SoS-enabled ecosystems. Cities are dynamically evolving urban environments and cyber-attacks on eGovernance systems are significantly increased, thus decisions on systems’ security are critical, especially for systems that ensure public safety.

ASSURED Framework will use all the runtime risk assessment and auditable security policy enforcement mechanisms (via the use of smart contracts) to allow fast prototyping and enable protection at a device level, and collaboratively prove its nominal functionality to the belonging network.

Models and code of the current device processing algorithms will be combined with models of the requirements (monitors), and co-simulated with plant models of the smart city infrastructure at the lab using a 3D simulation environment. The specific device will be initially injected with faults and attacks at different level of control (control software, hardware, firmware), exercising several security policies after the use-case risk assessment. At the same time attestation mechanisms will be challenged with specific security attacks physically and logically performed at the device hardware or software resources. Furthermore, the current management framework will make full use of ASSURED internal Blockchain-based distributed ledgers.