Cyber Secure IoT Lighting and Home Automation systems for Smart Building

Italy: Veneto
Antonella Venza
Cluster Manager
89% completed


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Summary and objectives

The concept of the “Internet of Things” (IoT) is no longer the science fiction perspective but an essential part of the reality of our everyday lives. One of the most significant examples of IoT technologies application can be observed in “smart building” systems and devices. Buildings we live and work in are getting better, smarter, and more connected. Most new facilities are equipped with network-connected products including entire IoT-enabled Building Management Systems for controlling lighting, power, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, security cameras, fire safety, elevator access and much more. Lighting positions itself at the heart of Smart Buildings and at the forefront of the Internet of Things revolution. LED systems serve as a connectivity link between sensors, smart applications, artificial intelligence programming. As one of the most densely distributed elements within the built environment, lighting fixtures provide the ideal platform for gathering essential data about what is happening in the workplace or at home. Unfortunately, this evolution has also its downside linked to the digital security aspects of IoT-enabled systems. Incorporating cybersecurity into smart buildings is now a necessity. This requires a new approach that must take into account the cross-industry collaboration.

Considering the above, the main objective of the CYBER SECURE LIGHT is to develop a Joint Cluster Partnership Strategy to pursue proactive and business-oriented cross-sector cooperation of SMEs and industrial clusters of the IoT smart building value chain, with a particular focus on the security aspects. The Strategy will outline the common vision and target goals of the consortium on how to tackle the future trends and challenges of the security in Smart Buildings industry in a coordinated and collaborative way. The project partners will adopt the interclustering approach to exploit synergies, common assets, innovation sources and financing opportunities to leverage the interregional cooperation between target clusters and their SME members of the smart building value chain, in order to ensure mutual benefits, foster new business collaborations and mobilise private and public financing for joint smart specialisation investments.

The CYBER SECURE LIGHT specific objectives are following:

  • to foster interregional business-to-business collaboration deals for innovation and smart investments, between SMEs members of the regional clusters concerned by the project as well as other companies, relevant R&D providers and other stakeholders representing strategic market players for companies growth in the smart building/IT/cyber security sector through customised open matchmaking process;
  • to reinforce cluster-to-cluster cooperation amongst the consortium partners towards improving the cluster-specific framework conditions across the partnership, by customised capacity building and sharing cyber security knowledge, skills and capabilities as well as SME-oriented technology transfer opportunities necessary to guide the companies in their innovation-led development and international market exposure;
  • to individuate 12 innovative and market promising pilot business cooperation initiatives and technology transfer projects - set out between complementary companies, companies and investors, and companies and technology centres in the context of the IoT digital security in smart building supply chain - and provide them with a joint highly-expertise extensive mentoring and tailored support to facilitate commercial alliances, access to finance and investments, and technology transfer cooperative agreements.
  • to ensure a steady and constantly evolving co-learning and knowledge-sharing process, both at consortium level between project partners as well as with other European key players, to mainstream the project mission and results and to support the development of cluster bridges with other complementary ecosystem actors to enlarge the CYBER SECURE LIGHT consortium and investigate new development and cooperation opportunities;
  • to stabilize and regulate the CYBER SECURE LIGHT consortium in order to ensure durability of its intercluster cooperation and joint business support service and enlarge its membership of additional strategic partners

Results expected

  • 500 SMEs reached directly and indirectly by project knowledge sharing, capacity building and business support actions
  • 7 clusters with increased knowledge and cooperation assets concerning the cyber security
  • 7 new (or improved) and customised business support services and coaching paths for SMEs, activated by project partners to increase their know-how and facilitate technological and commercial growth, with specific focus on access to finance
  • 12 new business collaborations and technology transfer projects
  • 6 RIS3 implementation strengthen with insights on cyber security in smart building and related innovation investments
  • 2.5 MEUR amount of investment and /or funding (grants) stimulated and generated for pilot business initiatives/technology transfer projects
  • 1 Business Strategy to stabilize and regulate the CYBER SECURE LIGHT consortium to ensure durability of its business support service and enlarge its membership of additional strategic partners

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral industries
Manufacturing:C27 Manufacture of electrical equipment
Cross-sectoral industries
Creative Industries
Industrial Alliances and Ecosystems
Alliances:Micro-electronics - Ecosystems:Creative & Cultural Industries
Technology fields
S3 EU priority areas

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