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TRIPS: A New Approach to Designing Transport Systems Free of Mobility Barriers

“You only need empathy in design, if you have excluded the people you claim to have empathy for.” – Liz Jackson, Founder of The Disabled List

The ambition of the TRIPS project is to take practical steps to address and pre-empt discrimination of all citizens, who are dis-abled by barriers and challenges in urban transport.

By ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the EU and all Member States are committed to respect the rights of people with disabilities, including the right to mobility and independent living. In practice however, these rights have yet to materialize for disabled people in large parts of the EU, and today’s transport systems remain largely inaccessible. 

As a consequence, people are disabled from accessing job opportunities, education, social and leisure activities and other services. This limits lifestyle choices, reinforces exclusion from local communities, and ultimately blocks people from participating in society as full and independent citizens.

The TRIPS project will:

  • Propose a co-design approach that allows people, disabled by inaccessible environments, to take the leading role in designing accessible and useable transport systems. By focusing on the experience and needs of disabled people, we aim to directly address a wide variety of barriers in current urban transport systems. This includes barriers due to for example age, health, or language.
  • Provide case studies that show how such co-designed mobility solutions can indeed provide inclusive urban transport-for-all in seven example European cities: Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Lisbon, Sofia, Stockholm, and Zagreb.

The consortium brings together organizations for disability (ENIL), transport (UITP), accessibility and assistive technologies (AAATE), and design (TUE) to devise and promote a co-design-for-all methodology for developing inclusive mobility solutions and effect process innovation and change. The consortium is completed by partners with expertise in strategy and change management (TB), strategic technology development and user-centered design (DLR), and policy and regulatory advice on technologies (TRI). In addition, we will work with local partners in the transport ecosystem (ZAGREB, CTM SPA, CARRIS, SRM) to develop and test methods and mobility solution models as well as derive lessons-learned with respect to change management and process innovation in the cities of Bologna, Brussels, Cagliari, Lisbon, Sofia, Stockholm, and Zagreb.

T Bridge will have a transversal role in identifying the technological applications to be used in local trials in the seven pilot cities, which will then coordinate the implementation and business case planning phase.

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ITASEC 2020, BV TECH presents the “CyberSecurity Suite products and SOC” research project.

BV TECH participated as a Platinum Sponsor at the 2020 edition of ITASEC, which took place February 4th-7th in Ancona. Hundreds of cyber security players were present at the event to assess the national security perimeter situation and ensure that the country remains on track with the constant technological evolution of the sector. On this occasion, BV TECH presented its activities in the development of national cyber security technologies, with a particular focus on the “CyberSecurity Suite products and SOC ” research project, funded by the Regione Puglia (a co-financed operation with the European Regional Development Fund Puglia POR Puglia 2014 – 2020 – Axis I – Specific Objective 1a – Action 1.1 R&S) and with the support of the University of Bari and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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BV TECH supports the specialization course in “Intelligence and national security”

Edition VI of the post-graduate specialization course in “Intelligence and national security” concluded on Friday, January 31st. The certificate delivery ceremony took place in the impressive hall dedicated to Charles VIII of France at the Palazzo Medici Riccardi. The following individuals spoke at the ceremony: Prof. Luciano Bozzo, President of the Degree Course in International Relations and European Studies of the University of Florence and Director of the Course, Laura Lega, the prefect of Florence, Gen. Paolo Nardone, Director of the DIS ‘Training School’, and Eng. Sabino Caporusso representing BV TECH, a leading Italian cyber security company.

The extensive 100-hour Course aims to contribute to the training of a new generation of intelligence experts in public and private fields. At the same time, it offers an opportunity for continuous professional updates for operators in the sector, integrating the methodological and analytical tools of social sciences with er technological approaches.

The Course, carried out with the support of BV TECH, is part of an agreement between the University of Florence and the Intelligence System for the Security of the Republic (Dipartimento delle Informazioni per la Sicurezza-DIS).

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Cyber Risk Self Assessment

The Cyber ​​Risk Self-Assessment project is underway. The initiative promoted by Unindustria, in particular by the IT, Security and Communications sections, was presented by Dr. Gianfilippo D’Agostino, vice president of Unindustria with responsibility for digital transformation, during the Presidency Council on 24 September. 

The project goal is to assess the level of safety and exposure of SMEs to cyber risks, establish their needs in general terms and increase their awareness and skills to protect corporate assets.

SMEs are the cornerstone of the national and European economy, but can also be a weak link in terms of security, as they can be attacked from many sides. With the increased use of IT tools by all types of SMEs, the digitization of services and production processes, the scope of attack becomes wider, the exposure to IT risks and cyber risks grows so it becomes essential for every company to guarantee adequate levels of IT security.

Consequently, in order to safeguard Company’s business, know-how, reputation, digital services and data security of its Customers, it becomes necessary and urgent to have full awareness of the current level of cybersecurity of the company, in order to achieve an adequate level of protection in line with international standards.

The working group was opened and coordinated by Poste Italiane, which worked with companies and universities, obtaining the “scientific collaboration” of the National Cybersecurity Laboratory of CINI as well as of the Rome Biomedical Campus. Other companies associated with Unindustria also contributed to the project, such as: ENEL, TIM, Almaviva, BT, GFX, Teleconsys, Technologie e Comunicazioni – Automatic Control.

To date, the main activity has involved the preparation and dissemination of a self-assessment tool for companies. The approach used in the analysis methodology consists of three operational phases:

1. CYBER SECURITY SURVEY:

Filling of a checklist by the SME, in anonymous mode.

2. CLUSTERING AND ASSESSMENT SECURITY STATUS:

Categorization in three levels of maturity and assessment of the risk level (critical – sensitive but not organized – advanced) of the SME, through the analysis of the results of the survey, with immediate result in «risk radar» mode.

3. DATA ANALYSIS AND ACTION PLAN:

Data analysis and focus on SME issues, in order to provide support and targeted intervention plans, aimed at raising the level of security.

The test was performed on a sample of 117 companies from the three sections of Unindustria (IT, Security and Communication), which worked on preparing the test, to verify its initial effectiveness.

The feedback was positive and now the goal is to extend the filling of the test also to the other associates, evaluating the possibility of making it available also to the outside.

The outcome that emerges in the four types of company dimensions (micro-enterprise – small enterprise – medium-sized enterprise – large enterprise) is that the level of security rises with the increasing of the size of the company and at the same time as the size of the company increases the variability decreases, that is, while in micro-enterprises there are both extremely risky and extremely protected companies, in large enterprises the safety range is 59-97% (more stable and, therefore, less variable).

The micro-enterprises prove to have an important gap with respect to large companies, which are more mature in terms of security than cyber risks.

16 Ottobre 2019

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BV TECH partner of Cyber ​​4.0 Competence Center

BV TECH is partner of Cyber ​​4.0 Competence Center (CC) in Rome, one of eight national highly specialized Centers of Expertise set up under the National Industry 4.0 Plan following a Public-Private Partnership model.

An orientation and training Center for the implementation of new processes, products and services (or their improvement) adopting cybersecurity advanced technologies of Industry 4.0 national Plan.

The CC has two levels: a central Cyber ​​Security Core area (coordinated by Sapienza-Luiss) and three vertical pillars on specific strategic cybersecurity market domains: Space (coordinated by La Sapienza University), eHealth (coordinated by Tor Vergata University), and Automotive (coordinated by Roma Tre University).

Each of these domains will provide services for business, training, technological innovation and research projects within the Industry 4.0 Plan in the field of cybersecurity.

The Cyber 4.0 CC includes 10 organizations from the public sector and 37 private corporations and institutions, including big tech companies, SMEs and Foundations, so to guarantee all required skills for activity planning, training, innovation and research.

The project is led by La Sapienza University, with the support of Tor Vergata University, Rome 3 University, LUISS, University of Tuscia, University of Cassino, University of L’Aquila, CNR, INAIL, ISS, and 37 partner companies, including BV TECH, Leonardo, Poste Italiane, Sogei, Thales, Telespazio, Selta and Cy4gate

Raffaele Boccardo is a member of the Management Council of the Cyber ​​4.0 Association. The Council is responsible for managing the 4.0 Cyber CC being directly in charge of the following major activities:

  1. a) promoting, presenting and carry out research projects;
  2. b) carry out and support training, orientation, information, analysis and research activities;
  3. c) fund-raising activities;
  4. d) providing new collaborations and agreements;
  5. e) establishing agreements with the European Community and other international bodies, departments, organizations and private companies;
  6. f) directly or indirectly supporting design, implementation and development of projects and initiatives of general interest;
  7. g) collecting and sharing information and technical proposals for the potential users;
  8. h) training users, also through the design and implementation of products, services and higher training programs;
  9. i) promoting and improving, nationally and internationally, the image of the members;
  10. j) establishing actions for creating new material capabilities, for the acquisition/rent of movable and immovable property, equipment and materials;
  11. k) being the owner and/or licensee of trademarks, certifications and industrial property rights;
  12. l) carrying out any other instrumental activity, accessory or connected with the purposes of the whole initiative;
  13. m) supporting policymaking activities at national level and collaborating with the national authorities in the Cybersecurity sector.

The total cost for the creation and management of the CC, which has a duration of 36 months, is 15 million EUR: 9 ml EUR for the operational activities, dissemination, management and training activities in the framework of the CC and 6 ml EUR for the implementation of 15 R&D projects. Additional funds and provisions come from Cyber 4.0 CC Partners so to ensure a quick start up of CC.

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Cybersecurity, mHACKeroni placed fifth in the world during Def Con CTF

The Italian national team of ethical hackers, “mHACKeroni”, placed fifth in the world (and first among the European teams) during the cyber defense competition (Def Con CTF). For the seventh consecutive year, the team from University of Pittsburgh has won the challenge. Second place went to Taiwan National Team, third to China and fourth to South Korea.

After three days of cyber challenge played by sixteen qualified groups among the most talented “hackers” of each continent, the 27th edition of Def Con ended on 11 August in Las Vegas.

Def Con CTF is the world’s most prestigious and famous hacking competition, and it has been mentioned in movies and TV series like X-Files, The Signal and Mr. Robot.

The Italian national team of ethical hackers confirmed its international excellence, gaining two positions compared to last year’s world ranking. mHACKeroni is the result of 5 CTF Italian teams and is composed of 40 members, who are among the best students and researchers in the field of cybersecurity from the main Italian universities (especially from La SapienzaPolytechnic University of Milan, and Ca’ Foscari of Venice); also “hackers” from Cyberdefender, the team created by the National Cybersecurity Lab of CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics), are part of this “mega-team”.

It is a source of pride and honour for BV Tech to be sponsor and partner of mHACKeroni. We are also very happy for the contribution to the training of young cyber-specialists in PoliMI by Prof. Zanero, founder of Secure Network.

(Photo source: Facebook)

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TBridge at the TRA ’18 in Vienna

TBridge research on the Rumobil European project was presented at the 7th Transport Research Arena TRA ’18 in Vienna (https://www.traconference.eu/). The participation of TBridge experts at the Vienna TRA is very significant; given it is one of the most important European events in the field of transport. After the Budapest Conference, the BV TECH Group company was also one of the protagonists in Vienna, once again with its Rumobil project, alongside other European partners. Such an important contribution and presence, confirming the role of TBridge on the international scene as a reference point able to facilitate the technological challenge of smart mobility and to propose innovative approaches for public transport. The conference theme was: “A digital age for transport – solutions for society, economy, environment”. For four days, from April 16th to 19th, Vienna was the capital of European transport research: TBridge was asked to bring its own contribution of ideas, skills and know-how.  With its quality contribution, the Italian company asserted itself among the major European actors in the transport innovation of the future.

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RUMOBIL project for smart mobility: TBRIDGE’s contribution to the CSEE’18 in Budapest

From smart city to smart land: new technologies cross urban boundaries to involve neighboring areas. The RUMOBIL project, based on transnational cooperation between institutions and public transport authorities, is funded by the European Union, and caters to the challenge of smart mobility also in peripheral areas. The project suggests innovative approaches for public transport to Central European Regions: strategies based on the jointly-analysed best practices, on the knowledge and ideas of both the project partners and the stakeholders involved, and on user experience. Work papers on the different aspects of public transport policies were developed, capable to predict how  the future demand for public transport will evolve in the coming years. TBridge, a BV TECH Group company and project partner, produced a report on IoT applications in the field of smart mobility, which is an important point of reference: the document offers a general overview of the state of the art, focusing on the different areas of the smart city and smart land. The paper was accepted for publication in the proceedings of the “3rd World Congress on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (CSEE’18)” and will be presented on April 10 by the experts of TBridge during the “3rd International Conference on Traffic Engineering (ICTE’18)” which will take place in Budapest (https://teconference.com/).

The main steps of the project are the pilot actions, the elaboration of a RUMOBIL strategy, and the political decisions which will permit to implement it in the eight partner Regions, through an improvement of their transport plans. The pilot actions will allow the testing of a number of innovative applications during a period of 12-18 months, thanks to which sparsely populated peripheral areas, generally penalized by a limited service offer, will be better linked to the main transport connections.

RUMOBIL PROJECT

  • Rural mobility in European regions affected by demographic changes
  • Program: Interreg Central Europe
  • Project Site: http://www.interreg-central.eu/Content.Node/rumobil.html
  • Coordinator Partner: Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt
  • Role of TBRIDGE: Technical coordination in the elaboration of the RUMOBIL strategy and its implementation in the partner areas.

PROJECT PARTNER

  • Ministry for Regional Development and Transport of Saxony-Anhalt (DE) (Lead Partner)
  • Mazowieckie Voivodeship (PL)
  • HŽ Passenger Transport Limited Liability Company (HR)
  • Vysočina Region (CZ)
  • JIKORD s.r.o. (CZ)
  • The Institute of Technology and Business in České Budějovice (CZ)
  • T Bridge S.p.A (IT)
  • Agency for mobility and local public transport Modena S.p.A. (IT)
  • University of Žilina (SK)
  • Žilina self–governing region (SK)
  • Self-government of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County (HU)
  • Municipality of Nagykálló (HU)

PROJECT DURATION

The Project has started on 01.06.2016 and will end on 31.05.2019.

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