Smart systems are taking over the increasingly complex tasks of our private and professional daily lives. To ensure that these systems work flawlessly in harsh environments, secure and dependable solutions are required. An interdisciplinary research team at TU Graz is working on these solutions in the framework of the project ‘Dependability in the Internet of things’, which was originally the first ever lead project of TU Graz. In the context of this funding programme, the University gives special financing to interdisciplinary projects in the field of basic research to strengthen TU Graz’s research profile and to further develop outstanding top research areas.
In the ‘Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments’ project, researchers are not developing any new smart applications, but instead are ensuring that applications will work in the way they are supposed to. ‘The Internet of things is being increasingly used for security-critical applications – not only must the individual appliances work reliably in isolation, but they also have to be dependable within the overall system and communicate flawlessly,’ explains project leader Kay Römer.
Promising results as foundation stone for the second project phase
The first three years of the project yielded promising results. The team developed a positioning system which works more efficiently and accurately than the systems available today. It ensured the cooperation in the IoT by appliances from various manufacturers using an adaptive algorithm, and protected the integrated software against security attacks. And it developed a predictive system for autonomous vehicle convoys which preemptively sidesteps dangerous situations.
New objectives for the next three years
In the last few days the research project was extended for a further three years after successful evaluation by an external jury. Now the researchers want to upscale the previous results achieved in the laboratory to the actual realities in the field, as Kay Römer explains: ‘Our approaches work extremely well on the small scale. In a dynamic system such as the Internet of things in which hundreds of billions of intelligence systems could communicate with each other in the future, the challenge is so much bigger.
In the long term, the research project is meant to develop into a research centre in which specialists from all the different areas can work together to further increase dependability in the IoT.
Further information on the project ‘Dependable Internet of Things in Adverse Environments’ can be found online on the project website and in our Planet Research section. An interview with Kay Römer can be found in our Face-to-Face section.
This research topic is anchored in the Field of Expertise ‘Information, Communication & Computing‘, one of the five strategic research FoE of TU Graz.