The Project

Background                                                                                    Goals

The resilience of any critical infrastructure (e.g. electrical, gas or water as well as traffic and transport infrastructures) relies first of all on uninterrupted energy supply and communication capabilities

The proposal focusses on robust energy and communication infrastructures and their interdependence in order to develop a blueprint for a European-wide approach to resilient critical infrastructures based on LTE (Long-Term Evolution) technology. The interdisciplinary solution approaches shall be suitable not only for energy infrastructures, but transferable to other critical infrastructures (water, transport, etc.).

The European energy decentralized generation, transmission and distribution system is in a full-scale change process. In future, Smart Grids shall control those complex systems by means of underlying ICT infrastructures and corresponding distributed SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) services. These ICT infrastructures need to fulfill challenging requirements. Wireless communication gains increasing importance due to its flexibility, ubiquitous availability and cost-efficiency. The predictions give 24 billion of connected devices by 2020 and in the same time, the Internet of Things is growing faster and faster. In this race to the device interconnection, the LTE technology has so far the best potential to become a universally available system to allow ubiquitous connectivity of these devices as never seen before.

While an LTE-based approach for critical infrastructures allows leveraging the Economies-of-Scale of a globally deployed technology, the requirement profile of critical infrastructures differs significantly from today’s end-user focused LTE network deployments in terms of robustness, availability and security. 

The key objective of BERCOM is to develop a specifically hardened LTE system which is capable of coping with various physical and cyber attacks. The project aims to validate the proposed system approach in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector reference scenario, in which all elements of the innovation chain will be involved and their interdependence can be demonstrated.