Technology Innovation Institute’s Secure Systems Research Center Collaborates with Global Universities on Secure Mesh Communications Research Projects

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Synergy to improve communication resilience, guarantee secure and reliable mesh networks, integral part of improving communication infrastructure, enabling secure autonomous systems

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ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The Institute for Technological Innovation (TII), the applied research pillar of the Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC) in Abu Dhabi, today announced that its Research Center on Secure Systems (SSRC) has partnered with three prestigious universities for secure communications through mesh research projects.

Mesh network is a network topology in which infrastructure nodes connect directly, dynamically, and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible, and cooperate with each other to efficiently route data to and from locations. third. The project aims to strengthen the security of the mesh network technology that TII is currently developing for machine-to-machine and human-to-human communications.

The three partner universities include the United Arab Emirates Khalifa University of Science and Technology , a world-class research institution that nurtures critical thinkers in applied science and engineering, University of Turku in Turku, Finland and Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Styria, Austria. The University of Khalifa project is called “A Secure and Resilient Chat / VoIP Application over Private Mesh Networks”. Meanwhile, the University of Turku project focuses on “R3Swarms: Robust, Resilient and Reconfigurable Swarms”, and the project with TU Graz is titled “SPiDR: Secure, Performant, Dependable, and Resilient Wireless Mesh Networks”.

Speaking on the importance of this development for the United Arab Emirates and the region as a whole, Dr Shreekant (Ticky) Thakkar, Senior Researcher at SSRC said, “In the United Arab Emirates, we are conducting research to deliver technology that improves lives by making systems and communications more secure. This is of the utmost importance when technologies combine human, physical and software interactions. The mesh network research conducted with our partners at the University of Turku, TU Graz and Khalifa University will accelerate the deployment of secure communication for the benefit of people living in the United Arab Emirates and the region within the meaning large.

Dr Thakkar said that collaborations with the University of Turku and TU Graz will cover the area of ​​improving communications resilience by exploring, among other aspects, UWB (Ultra-wideband) transmissions, while the partnership with Khalifa University focuses on security and PHY (physical layer) security. routing. A total of four research programs are underway to dramatically improve the ability of mesh networks to resist eavesdropping, scanning, malware spreading, and jamming, among other threats. As a straightforward application, these benefits are essential for cyber-physical system swarm communications to become credible and resilient when operating autonomously, Dr Thakkar added.

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He noted that reliable and secure mesh networks are an integral part of the overall communications infrastructure and will enable secure stand-alone systems.

Dr Carlo Boano, Associate Professor, Institute of Technical Informatics, TU Graz, said: “The technologies developed within SPiDR will enable commercial drones and smartphones to autonomously detect and mitigate malicious attacks and problems. coexistence, thus increasing their availability and functionality without increasing the costs of their operation.

Dr Tomi Westerlund, Associate Professor, Smart Systems at the University of Turku, said: Basis for designing and building more secure, flexible, robust, resilient and reconfigurable swarms.

For his part, Dr Hadi Otrok, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Khalifa University, said: Networks.

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