WAI-CooP -  Web Accessibility Initiative – Communities of Practice

Abstract: WAI-CooP provides a unique model to support implementation of the international standards for digital accessibility, including the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the EN 301 549.

WAI-CooP objectives are to:

  • Establish vendor-neutral overview on available training, tools, and resources internationally
  • Analyse technological advancements and coordinate with relevant research and development
  • Provide opportunities for key stakeholders to share resources and to exchange best practices

WAI-CooP achieves this by building on the existing wealth of authoritative guidance available from the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), to provide a one-stop shop for the broad spectrum of key stakeholders involved in the implementation of digital accessibility, including public bodies and private entities; organisations representing people with disabilities; product, service and training providers; researchers; and policy makers.

WAI-CooP is uniquely positioned to establish necessary dialogs with key stakeholders to help exchange best practices in the community, provide technical clarification and guidance, and refine the authoritative guidance from W3C. WAI-CooP is also uniquely positioned and qualified to help ensure coordination and harmonisation of accessibility standards and practices, raise awareness and build technical capacities in Europe and internationally.

WAI-CooP maximises its impact by utilising transparent and open processes of the W3C to invite all key stakeholders, and by integrating project results into relevant W3C standardisation and EDF networks, to ensure longer-term sustainability beyond the project. WAI-CooP provides direct support for European Union (EU) public bodies in the process of implementing the Web Accessibility Directive (WAD), while using a non-exclusive approach that benefits organisations and governments internationally wanting to implement digital accessibility.

ERCIM's role: Coordinator

Duration: 36 months from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2023

Total budget: 1 499 987,50€

EU funding: 1 499 987,50€

Partners: GEIE ERCIM (W3C), European Disability Forum, Stichting Accessibility, FCIENCIAS.ID, DEQUE Research

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TRAPEZE - TRAnsparency, Privacy and security for European citiZEns

Abstract: The TRAPEZE project aims to drive a cultural shift in the protection of the European data economy by weaving trust into its very foundation and reconstructing the concepts of control, transparency, and compliance through technical and methodological, citizen-first, innovations.

Driven by the needs of three distinct real-world use cases, TRAPEZE brings together over a decade worth of EU-funded research in security and privacy, as well as proprietary solutions and know-how, towards realistic and marketable solutions.

We will develop technologies which:

  • empower citizens with the necessary tools and know-how to manage their security and privacy and actively contribute to the cyber resilience of the common European data space;
  • enforce the integrity and nonrepudiation of citizens’ data usage policies and processing across data sources and controllers’ borders;
  • dynamically acquire citizens’ consent and adjust their data policies in real time in response to their changing circumstances;
  • protect citizens’ online communications and applications running on their personal devices against malicious agents; and
  • provide citizens, as well as other relevant stakeholders (including controllers, CERTs/CSIRTs, and data protection authorities) with a comprehensible overview of transborder data lineage and flows, as well as proof of legal compliance, even in big data environments. By relying on Linked Data and Blockchain, TRAPEZE will lead the way in putting the often-misplaced cutting-edge technologies to practical use and become a lighthouse for European and global initiatives aiming to deliver privacy-aware innovations.

Finally, to ensure citizens of all groups can have an active role in the protection of their data flows,TRAPEZE will place a special emphasis on usability and co-production, involving European citizens directly in the development of its security- and privacy-enhancing technologies.

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ERCIM’s role: project partner, Administrative coordination, Dissemination WP leader

Duration: 36 months from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2023

Total budget: 6 081 400€

EU funding:   4 995 812€

Partners: TENFORCE BVBA, GEIE ERCIM, Technical University of Berlin, Vlaamse Gewest, Deutsche Telekom, Caixabank, CINI National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics, Unabhängiges Landeszentrum für Datenschutz Schleswig-Holstein, Kaspersky Lab, Institut Mihajlo Pupin, IPSOS, ATC, e-Seniors

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Smart Living Homes - Whole Interventions Demonstrators for People at Health and Social Risks

GATEKEEPER is a H2020 Innovation Action that aims to ensure healthier independent lives for the ageing populations. It will connect healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, elderly citizens and the communities they live in. The goal is to create an open, trust-based arena for matching ideas, technologies, user needs and processes. The project will also incorporate data protection while underpinning value creation using advanced marketing patterns. The solutions deployed will involve 40 000 elderly citizens, as well as authorities, institutions, companies, associations and academics, and 8 regional communities from 7 EU member states.

ERCIM's role: project partner

Duration: 42 months from 1 October 2019 to 31 March 2023

Total budget: € 22 596 059,38
EU funding: € 19 598 327,19

Partners: 43 partners including ERCIM EEIG/W3C

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TERMINET - nexT gEneRation sMart INterconnectEd ioT

Abstract: The vision of TERMINET is to provide a novel next generation reference architecture based on cutting-edge technologies such as SDN, multiple-access edge computing, and virtualisation for next generation IoT, while introducing new, intelligent IoT devices for low-latency, market-oriented use cases. TERMINET’s primary intention is to bring (more efficient and accurate) decisions to the point of interest to better serve the final user targeting at applying distributed AI at the edge by using accelerated hardware and sophisticated software to support local AI model training using federated learning. Our solution aspires to reduce the complexity of the connecting vast number of heterogeneous devices through a flexible SDNenabled middleware layer. It also aims to design, develop, and integrate novel, intelligent IoT devices such as smart glasses, haptic devices, energy harvesting modules, smart animal monitoring collars, AR/VR environments, and autonomous drones, to support new market-oriented use cases. Great expectation of the proposal is to foster AR/VR contextual computing by demonstrating applicable results in realistic use cases by using cutting-edge IoT-enabled AR/VR applications. By designing and implementing an IoT-driven decentralised and distributed blockchain framework within manufacturing, TERMINET aims to support maintenance and supply chain optimisation. Our solution intends to apply a vertical security by design methodology by meeting the privacy-preserving and trust requirements of the NG-IoT architecture. To foster standardisation activities for the IoT ecosystem, TERMINET will provide novel disruptive business models. For the evaluation of its wide applicability, TERMINET will validate and demonstrate six proof-of-concept, realistic use cases in compelling IoT domains such as the energy, smart buildings, smart farming, healthcare, and manufacturing.

ERCIM's role: project partner

Duration: 36 months from 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2023

Total budget: € 7 998 285
EU funding: € 7 998 285

Partners: University of Western Macedonia and 26 partners from industry and academia

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SDN - microgrid reSilient Electrical eNergy SystEm

Abstract: SDN-microSENSE intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of EPES as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications.The smart energy ecosystem constitutes the next technological leap of the conventional electrical grid, providing multiple benefits such as increased reliability, better service quality and efficient utilization of the existing infrastructures. However, despite the fact that it brings beneficial environmental, economic and social changes, it also generates significant security and privacy challenges, as it includes a combination of heterogeneous, co-existing smart and legacy technologies. Based on this reality, the SDN-microSENSE project intends to provide a set of secure, privacy-enabled and resilient to cyberattacks tools, thus ensuring the normal operation of EPES as well as the integrity and the confidentiality of communications. In particular, adopting an SDN-based technology, SDN-microSENSE will develop a three-layer security architecture, by deploying and implementing risk assessment processes, self-healing capabilities, large-scale distributed detection and prevention mechanisms, as well as an overlay privacy protection framework. Firstly, the risk assessment framework will identify the risk level of each component of EPES, identifying the possible threats and vulnerabilities. Accordingly, in the context of self-healing, islanding schemes and energy management processes will be deployed, isolating the critical parts of the network in the case of emergency. Furthermore, collaborative intrusion detection tools will be capable of detecting and preventing possible threats and anomalies timely. Finally, the overlay privacy protection framework will focus on the privacy issues, including homomorphic encryption and anonymity processes
SDN-microSENSE is a EU H2020 Innovation Action (IA).

ERCIM's role: project partner

Duration: 36 months from 1 May 2019 to 30 April 2022

Total budget: € 10 100 963.21
EU funding: € 7 992 462.50

Partners: Ayesa Advanced Technologies SA, University of Western Macedonia, CERTH, Realaiz, ATOS Spain SA, Schneider Electric France SAS, KAEM Public Power Corporation S.A., Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Municipality of Advira, IEIT Innovative Energy And Information Technologies Ltd, Elektroenergien Sistemen Operator EAD, CEZ Distribution Bulgaria AD, UBITECH Limited, Cyberlens Ltd, Sidroco Holdings Limited, 0 Infinity Limited, Eight Bells Ltd, Incites Consulting Sarl, Energynautics Gmbh, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet NTNU, Siaxampanis E.E., LUH Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Ravna Hydro Ltd, Fundacio Institut De Recerca De L'Energia De Catalunya, Estabanell Y Pahisa Energia SA, Checkwatt AB, Independent Power Transmission Operator SA, SINTEF Energy SA, Dil Diel Goldline, IDENER Optimizacion Orientada A La Sostenibilidad Sl, GEIE ERCIM W3C

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