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The new Safety4Rails project has officially started

The latest innovation project in which we are participating, Safety4Rails, has now officially started and we are beginning our work to improve rail safety and utility in a world of interconnected devices and systems. Check back here soon for a link to the project website and social media channels!

Safety4Rails delivers methods and systems to increase the safety and recovery of track-based inter-city railway and intra-city metro transportation. It addresses both cyber-only attacks (such as impact from WannaCry infections), physical-only attacks (such as the Madrid commuter trains bombing in 2014) and combined cyber-physical attacks, which an important emerging scenarios are given increasing IoT infrastructure integration. SAFETY4RAILS concentrates on rush hour rail transport scenarios where many passengers are using metros and railways to commute to work or attend mass events (e.g. large multi-venue sporting events such as the Olympics).

When an incident occurs during heavy usage, metro and railway operators have to consider many aspects to ensure passenger safety and security, e.g. carry out a threat analysis, maintain situation awareness, establish crisis communication and response, and they have to ensure that mitigation steps are taken and communicated to travellers and other users. SAFETY4RAILS will improve the handling of such events through a holistic approach.

It will analyse the cyber-physical resilience of metro and railway systems and deliver mitigation strategies for an efficient response, and, in order to remain secure given ever-changing novel emerging risks, it will facilitate continuous adaptation of the SAFETY4RAILS solution; this is validated by two rail transport operators and the results supporting the re-design of the final prototype.

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883532.

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New project Safety4Rails to start in October

Now that all paper work has been completed, the project start date for the new Safety4Rails project has been confirmed for October 2020.

Safety4Rails delivers methods and systems to increase the safety and recovery of track-based inter-city railway and intra-city metro transportation. It addresses both cyber-only attacks (such as impact from WannaCry infections), physical-only attacks (such as the Madrid commuter trains bombing in 2014) and combined cyber-physical attacks, which an important emerging scenarios are given increasing IoT infrastructure integration. SAFETY4RAILS concentrates on rush hour rail transport scenarios where many passengers are using metros and railways to commute to work or attend mass events (e.g. large multi-venue sporting events such as the Olympics).

When an incident occurs during heavy usage, metro and railway operators have to consider many aspects to ensure passenger safety and security, e.g. carry out a threat analysis, maintain situation awareness, establish crisis communication and response, and they have to ensure that mitigation steps are taken and communicated to travellers and other users. SAFETY4RAILS will improve the handling of such events through a holistic approach.

It will analyse the cyber-physical resilience of metro and railway systems and deliver mitigation strategies for an efficient response, and, in order to remain secure given ever-changing novel emerging risks, it will facilitate continuous adaptation of the SAFETY4RAILS solution; this is validated by two rail transport operators and the results supporting the re-design of the final prototype.

The project leading to this application has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883532.

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Join Us at the N4C Virtual Forum

We will be presenting CitizenSay at the Nature4Cities Virtual Forum for nature-based solutions – please join us for a presentation, demo and Q&A session on how CitizenSay can be used to involve citizens in planning processes for nature-based solutions.

Nature4Cities NBS Virtual Forum, May 19-20, 2020

Our presentation takes place on May 20th, but please consider joining for both days if you are interested in learning about nature-based solutions and how Nature4Cities can help you introduce them into cities.

Please register here to join us at the virtual forum.

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AgriRobot: Autonomous Navigation in Agriculture

The AgriRobot research project, a joint initiative between companies and universities in the United Kingdom and Jiangsu Province in China, has been completed successfully at the end of March 2020 with the completion of a prototype autonomous navigation system for agricultural vehicles.

AgriRobot vehicle prototype
AgriRobot vehicle prototype

The project ran for a duration of two years with the aim of creating a prototype autonomous navigation system for agricultural vehicles, specifically for task-based navigation on orchard environments. The project was lead by Innova Integra and involved Loughborough University as a scientific partner in the development of the prototype system. Additional partners from Jiangsu Province in China contributed to the project development and to use case, demonstration and testing activities. The AgriRobot project received financial supported from InnovateUK in the United Kingdom and Jiangsu Province in Jiangsu Province, China. Innova Integra continues to work on the development and commercialisation of the prototype.

More information on AgriRobot is available on the project website.