Communication Middleware for Monitoring Financial Critical Infrastructure
Coordinator: ElsagDatamat

elsag.jpg Elsag Datamat is a new business concern established to act as a centre of excellence for the design and production of systems, services and solutions in automation, security, transport, defence & space, and information technology. Resulting from the integration of Elsag and Datamat in 2007, Elsag Datamat is a company in Finmeccanica group, one of the world's leading industrial conglomerates. The professional skills of 4,000 employees, technology, know-how, the capacity to operate in critical contexts, and an innovative approach demonstrated by constant investment in Research & Development, are just some of the distinctive features developed over more than a century in business. The ability to identify problems and design solutions, combined with skills and experience in mechanical and information technology, put Elsag Datamat in the ideal position to develop new products and systems as it works to achieve its goal of Italian leadership and global recognition on reference markets.

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Partner: Technische Universit├Ąt Darmstadt
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TU Darmstadt is Germany's premier Technical University and especially for Computer Science. Within the CS department, the DEEDS (Dependable Systems and SW) Group specifically targets research for the development, assessment and validation of systems, services and protocols as an infrastructural basis for trustworthy systems and services. The DEEDS group is internationally renowned for its unique composite coverage of dependability + security research and has garnered extensive ongoing support from the European Commission, US NSF, US DARPA, Airbus, Audi, Saab, Volvo, Daimler Chrysler, NASA, IBM, Boeing, Microsoft and Intel among others. The DEEDS group also leads the technical efforts for an existing FP6 IP on component based dependable embedded systems (DECOS) and as part of the Dependability/Security NoE ReSIST. The DEEDS prior EU involvements include dependability STREPS of NextTTA, FIT, Dbench, as well as extensive ongoing EC project review and evaluation activities.

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Partner: IBM

IBM Haifa Research Lab, HRL (IBM), is a subsidiary of IBM Israel and part of IBM’s Research Division. It has been active for over 30 years in research and develoibm.jpgpment to advance IBM’s development capabilities and products. The Distributed Middleware group is part of HRL’s Software and Services which is involved in developing technology and software to exploit advances in computing infrastructure for the benefit of the end user in the following areas: dependable middleware and scalable messaging technology, business optimization and transformation, Service Oriented Architecture tools and modelling, application portfolio management, complex event processing, and model based tooling for architecture, execution and testing with focus on telecom services. The web environment has amplified traditional server requirements - such as scalability, availability, and manageability - to unprecedented levels. The Distributed Middleware group develop technologies that address these challenges. The Distributed Middleware group focuses on clustering middleware for dependable solutions and high throughput messaging technologies for IBM middleware. Activities include the development of a core infrastructure for high availability (DCS, Distribution and Consistency Services) and for high throughput messaging, both part of WebSphere. The group is working on real-time messaging technologies as part of the GridCC EU project. Research in algorithms for high availability and high throughput, low latency messaging in scale-out multi-tier environments is also part of the group’s research activities.

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Partner: Waterford Institute of Technology - TSSG
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Waterford Institute of Technology is a publicly funded third level institute in the South East region of Ireland with 6,400 full-time students and 4,550 part-time students. Founded in 1996, the Telecommunications Software & Systems Group (TSSG) is the largest research group in WIT working on a range of nationally funded and EU-funded research programmes and projects, as well as direct commercial consultancy and development. Security competence is becoming a key horizontal theme for the whole TSSG group, in much the same way the European research work programme and Technology Platforms for FP7 are developing. Initial work within TSSG was on telecoms network management, but this has expanded since then to include mobility, security, autonomics, software development tools, pervasive computing and multimedia.

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Partner: Ministry of Economics and Finance of Italy

The Italian Ministry of Economics and Finance (MEF) is in charge of technical support for the Government’s economic and financial policies, macroeconomic strategies and mef.jpg the most relevant regulatory and planning documents.Its competences include:· Analysis of national and international economic, monetary and financial problems; Drawing up of economic and financial plans, in relation to the stability pact deriving from the European Union’s membership; Management of national and foreign public debt and financial transactions, as well as analysis of the relative trends and flows; Regulations of the financial and banking system; Fight against financial crimes, money-laundering and usury; Financial management of equities owned by the State, relevant divestment and privatization. The Department of the Treasury is one division of MEF and is divided into four staff offices, seven Directorates and a Departmental Administrative Service. A General Director is in charge of its coordination. Each Directorate of the Department of the Treasury is divided into executive offices with specific competences. A manager is in charge of
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Partner: OptXware

Optoptxwaresmall.jpg Xware Ltd. was established in 2005 as a spin-off by a team of experts from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). The members of the company - who are from the Fault-tolerant System Research Group (FTSRG) - have many years of experience in research, development, consulting and field implementations in dependability related areas. OptXware offers its customers state-of-the art professional services that include business systems dependability consulting and IT systems dependability assessment. The customers can evaluate, test and upgrade the dependability of their systems. OptXware is member of NESSI, the DECOS interest group, is an IBM Business Partner and an SA Forum training partner.

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Partner: KreditTilsynet

Kredittilsynet is an independent government agency that builds on laws and decisions emanating from the Parliament (Stortinget), the Government and the Ministry okredit-tilsnet.jpg f Finance and on international standards for financial supervision and regulation. Through its supervision of enterprises and markets, Kredittilsynet strives to promote financial stability and orderly market conditions and to instil confidence that financial contracts will be honoured and services performed as intended. In addition to its preventative work, Kredittilsynet maintains a preparedness for dealing with concrete problems that may arise. Kredittilsynet’s premise is that Norwegian enterprises must be afforded competitive conditions which all in all are in line with those enjoyed by institutions in other EEA member states.

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Partner: University of Modena

University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Logo UoM - CRIS, acronym for Inter-department Research Center on Security, was founded to gather all the security-related competencies available at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The CRIS has an holistic approach to security issues, with a special focus on computer, communication and electronics technologies, high-tech crimes, biochemical sciences, hazardous materials, economic, financial and juridical expertise. CRIS disseminates the security culture through the organization of seminars, workshops, post-graduate Masters ("Information System Security" and "National and International Management of Emergencies "), and through scientific publications. CRIS has 40 permanent researchers in addition to several temporary positions. His members participate and manage research projects on security at national and European level. CRIS collaborates with regional and national institutions and with some of the most important companies in the sector of logical and physical security. 

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Partner: Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l'Informatica

CINI (Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per l’Informatica) is a consortium of Computer Science and Computer cini.jpg Engineering research groups operating within Italian Universities. It was founded in 1990 as a non-profit organization to foster the co-operation of Italian computer scientists and engineers in nation-wide and international projects in the area of computing and data communication. It currently comprises the major Italian Universities and receives support from the Ministry for University and Research (MIUR) and from the Ministry for Industry. Similarly to other consortia recently activated across Europe, CINI’s research activities are performed by the Research Units located at the member Universities, or via structures created ex-novo by the CINI itself. In particular CINI created two technical laboratories in Naples and Rome and partecipate to many EU projects including CADENUS (FP5-IST-1999-11017), INTERMON (FP5-IST-2001-34123); E-NEXT (FP6-IST-2003-506869); NETQoS (FP6-IST-2005-033516) , OneLab (FP6-IST-2005-034819); and CONTENT (FP6-IST-2005-0384239).


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