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Artemis pSHIELD - results that count

The Recognition certificate for the successful completion of the pSHIELD project

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pSHIELD is a pilot project for security, privacy and dependability in embedded systems. It lasted from 1. June 2010 to 31. December 2011. The project is performed under the Artemis pSHIELD project number ES459356.

Eric Schulz presents the pSHIELD reward to project leader Josef Noll Roberto Uribeetxeberria, Josef Noll and Luigi Trono

During the Award Ceremony at the ITEA2/Artemis Co-Summit 2012 on 30-31. October 2012 the pSHIELD project received the reward for a solid contribution to the development of embedded systems. Eric Schutz, Executive Director of the ARTEMIS Joint Undertaking, handed over the reward to Josef Noll on behalf of the project.

Josef Noll signing the successful completion star

In the photo session Roberto Uribeetxeberria (University of Mondragon), Josef Noll (Movation/UNIK) and Luigi Trono (Selex Galileo), all being present at the Summit, presented the pSHIELD project. Josef Noll was also asked to sign the "successful completion" star at the summit.

See also the Google+ post and the nSHIELD blog with more Photos


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The pSHIELD project aims at being a pioneer investigation to address Security, Privacy and Dependability (SPD) in the context of Embedded Systems (ESs) as “built in” rather than as “add-on” functionalities, proposing and perceiving with this strategy the first step toward SPD certification for future ES. The leading concept is to demonstrate composability of SPD technologies. Starting from current SPD solutions in ESs, the project will develop new technologies and consolidate the available ones in a solid basement that will become the reference milestone for a new generation of “SPD-ready” ESs. pSHIELD will approach SPD at 4 different levels: node, network, middleware and overlay. For each level, the state of the art in SPD of single technologies and solutions will be improved and integrated (hardware and communication technologies, cryptography, middleware, smart SPD applications, etc.). The SPD technologies will be enhanced with composable functionality, in order to fit in the pSHIELD architectural framework.

pSHIELD architecture view

The composability of SHIELD architectural framework will have great impact on the system design costs and time to market of new SPD solutions in ESs. At the same time, the integrated use of SPD metrics in the SHIELD framework will have impact on the development cycles of SPD in ESs because the qualification, (re-)certification and (re-)validation process of a SHIELD framework instance will be faster, easier and widely accepted. The use of an overlay approach to SPD and the introduction of semantic technologies address the complexity associated with the design, development and deployment of built-in SPD in ESs. Using semantics, the available technologies can be automatically composed to match the needed, application specific SPD levels, resulting also in an effort reduction during all the design, operational and maintaining phases. The pSHIELD approach is based on modularity and expandability, and can be adopted to bring built-in SPD solutions in all the strategic sector of ARTEMIS, such as transportation, communication, health, energy and manufacturing.

In order to verify these important achievements, the project will validate the SHIELD integrated system by means of an application scenario: monitoring of freight trains transporting hazardous material.

The project is performed under the Artemis pSHIELD project number ES459356. The Kick-off took place on 8. June 2010

The project partners are: SESM scarl (Coordinator), Elsag Datamat, Selex Comms, ANSALDO-STS, Eurotech, STM, TRS, Università Genova, Università Sapienza Roma,ATHENA, Hellenic Aerospace, Integrated Systems Development, European Software Institute, Mondragon Goi Eskola Politeknikoa , Critical SW, Atos-Origin, Center for Wireless Innovation Norway, Movation AS, THYIA Tehnologije, Acorde Seguridad

Work packages

The following work packages are identified for pSHIELD

WP1 - Project Management

  • Task 1.1 - Project management
  • Task 1.2 - Liaisons

WP2 - SPD Metric, requirements and system design

  • Task 2.1 - Multi-technology requirements & specification
  • Task 2.2 - Multi-technology SPD metrics
  • Task 2.3 - Multi-technology architectural design

WP3 - SPD Node

  • Task 3.1 - Nano, micro/personal node
  • Task 3.2 - Power node
  • Task 3.3 - Dependable self-x and cryptographic technologies

WP4 - SPD Network

  • Task 4.1 - Smart SPD driven transmission
  • Task 4.2 - Trusted and dependable Connectivity

WP5 - SPD Middleware & Overlay

  • Task 5.1 - SPD driven Semantics
  • Task 5.2 - Core SPD services
  • Task 5.3 - Policy-based management
  • Task 5.4 - Overlay monitoring and reacting system by security agents

WP6 - Platform integration, validation & demonstration

  • Task 6.1 - Multi-Technology System Integration
  • Task 6.2 - Multi-Technology Validation & Verification
  • Task 6.3 - Lifecycle SPD Support
  • Task 6.4 - Multi-Tecnology Demonstration

WP7 - Knowledge exchange and industrial validation

  • Task 7.1 - Dissemination
  • Task 7.2 - Exploitation


pSHIELD is a pilot project, expected to demonstrate in prototypes some of the functionality needed for security, privacy and dependability (SPD) in embedded systems. The prototypical demonstrations focused on

  • matrices for SPD functionality
  • new hardware for secure embedded systems
  • SPD measures in embedded platforms
  • integration of sensor networks across heterogeneous providers

Please find further information on the public PSHIELD_Dissemination page.

pSHIELD Public Deliverables

This page contains a list of the public deliverables of pSHIELD

  • D1.1.5 Quality Control Report, M19, Movation
  • D1.2.1 Liaisons Report, M19, SESM
File:PSHIELD D1.2.1 Liaisons Report.pdf
  • D2.1.1 System Requirements and Specifications, M10, ASTS
  • D2.1.2 System Requirements and Specifications - Next Realize, M15, ASTS
  • D2.2.2 SPD metrics specifications, M15, TEC
  • D2.3.2 System architecture design, M15, HAI
  • D3.2 SPD nano micro or personal node technologies prototype report, M16, THYIA
  • D3.3 SPD power node technologies prototype report, M17, ETH
File:PSHIELD D3.3 SPD power node technologies prototype report.pdf
  • D3.4 SPD self-x and cryptographic technologies prototype report, M16, AS
  • D4.2 SPD network technologies prototype report, M16, MGEP
  • D5.3 pSHIELD semantic models report, M16, SE
  • D5.4 SPD middleware and overlay functionality report, M16, SE
  • D6.1 Platform integration report, M17, HAI
File:PSHIELD D6.1 Platform integration report.pdf
  • D6.2 Platform validation and verification, M18, SE
  • D6.3 pSHIELD pilot demonstrators, M18, ASTS
  • D6.4 Real world requirements for SPD-based systems, M19, ASTS
  • D7.1.1 The Project Website, M09, SESM
  • D7.1.2 Dissemination Report, M19, SESM
  • D7.2.1 Exploitation Plan, M19, Movation


Norwegian Contacts

For further information, please contact

  • Norwegian partner representation: Josef Noll, Movation AS, m: 9083 8066, e:
  • CWI representativ Zahid Iqbal (former: Mushfiq Chowdhury, CWI, m: 9579 8902, e:

Expected Impact to Norwegian Industry

The Artemis project pSHIELD (pilot embedded Systems arHItecturE for multi-Layer Dependable solutions) has received support from the Research Council of Norway (Norges forksningsråd) with the project number 203172/I40 on 2 July 2010.

pShield is a pilot demonstrator to enable embedded systems as real-time providers for industrial processes. The specific use case targeted for this project is the sensor integration from trains into an embedded system (ES) management tool. The use case providers are the Norwegian Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket - JBV) and Telenor Objects, with Movation acting as a mediator between the academic and the use-case partners.

The exploitation of the results is essential for demonstrating the economic impact of the research. All involved norwegian partners/industries are committed to the exploitation of the results. Exploitations of the pSHIELD-N results will offer a strategic opportunity for the longer-term development of our Norwegian partners’ business both in Europe and globally. Success of commercial exploitation of one use cases may open the possibility of extending it to similar use cases having substantial business opportunities in bigger market segments for Norwegian industries. For the telecommunication operators, competition is quite high in their core market segments and unconventional services to other areas will increase the revenue of these companies.