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CISC Participates in TRANSACT Research Project

Moving Towards Safe and Secure Distributed Cyber-Physical Systems!

A European consortium of 30 partners from the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Norway, Spain, Belgium, and Denmark has launched TRANSACT, and ECSEL Joint Undertaking funded by the European Union’s H2020 Framework Programme.

CISC Semiconductor from Austria will support TRANSACT with services, verification, and integration of trusted CPS in domains such as Smart Cities and Smart Factories.

In June 2021, the TRANSACT (Transform safety-critical cyber-physical systems into distributed solutions for end-users and partners) ECSEL JU was kicked off under the leadership of Philips.

The goal of TRANSACT is to develop a universal, distributed solution architecture for the transformation of safety-critical cyber-physical systems, from localized stand-alone systems into safe and secure distributed solutions. Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are all around us, but due to today’s technical limitations and the possibility of human error, we cannot yet tap into their full potential.

A seamlessly integrated and connected architecture for such systems, via edge and cloud technologies, could overcome these limitations. To that end, TRANSACT will research distributed reference architectures for safety-critical CPS that rely on edge and cloud computing, ensuring that performance, safety, security, and privacy of data are guaranteed.

The project brings together large companies, SMEs, research institutes, and universities from nine European countries that will demonstrate the capabilities of TRANSACT through real-world use cases in five relevant business areas:

  • Remote operation of autonomous vehicles for navigating in urban environments
  • Critical maritime decision support enhanced by distributed, AI-enhanced edge and cloud solutions
  • Cloud-featured battery management systems for electric vehicles
  • Edge-cloud-based clinical applications platform for image-guided therapy and diagnostic imaging systems
  • Critical wastewater treatment decision support enhanced by distributed, AI-enhanced edge and cloud solutions

“We are on the pathway of digital transformation, however, safety-critical applications are still deployed as standalone systems because it’s the only way to ensure system’s safety, security, and performance simultaneously”, says Sasa Marinkovic, Coordinator of the TRANSACT project. “TRANSACT will extend the existing edge/cloud technologies in order to support safety-critical applications and will enable a transition from standalone systems to an ecosystem of digital propositions”.

“Security is one of the key building blocks to achieve wide adoption and build trust in highly distributed cyber-physical systems”, says Markus Pistauer, CEO of CISC Semiconductor. “We are thrilled to support this path and support the growth of a vibrant TRANSACT ecosystem with our expertise in hardware and software solutions for secure wireless CPS and dedicated test equipment.”

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