Data-based analysis for SAFETY and security protection, FOR detection, prevention, mitigation and response in trans-modal metro and RAILway networkS

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Project information

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  • Acronym: SAFETY4RAILS
  • Total budget: € 9 641 911,94
  • Project start date: 01/10/2020
  • Project end date: 30/09/2022
  • Project coordinator: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
  • Grant agreement n°883532

Project description

SAFETY4RAILS is a EU funded project in the framework of H2020 SU-INFRA01 which started on 1 October 2020 for 2 years.

Railways and Metros are safe, efficient, reliable and environmentally friendly mass carriers, and they are becoming even more important means of transportation given the need to address climate change.

However, being such critical infrastructures turns metro and railway operators as well as related intermodal transport operators into attractive targets for cyber and/or physical attacks.

The SAFETY4RAILS project will deliver methods and systems to increase the safety and recovery of track-based inter-city railway and intra-city metro transportation.

It addresses both cyber-only attacks (such as impact from WannaCry infections), physical-only attacks (such as the Madrid commuter trains bombing in 2014) and combined cyber-physical attacks, which an important emerging scenario are given increasing IoT infrastructure integration.

When an incident occurs during heavy usage, metro and railway operators have to consider many aspects to ensure passenger safety and security. SAFETY4RAILS will improve the handling of such events through a holistic approach.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 883532.

Project objectives

The goal of this project is to increase resilience against combined cyber-physical threats including natural hazards to railway infrastructure.

Threat assessment

  • Identification of new threats
  • Detection of new threats

Risk and crisis management improvement

  • Forecast and management of new threats
  • Knowlegde sharing with stakeholders
  • Impact of evolving threats

Improvement of resilience and security

  • Saving response time with decision support
  • Cost effective technological measures
  • Real-time management resilience
  • Multi-modal infrastructure approach

Practitioners and exploitation

  • User training with SAFETY4RAILS components
  • Demonstrating S4RIS operational performance
  • Exploiting S4RIS results

Project structure

WP1 Project Management
WP2 Requirements, specification and architecture of SAFETY4RAILS framewor, CEIS
WP3 Development of a multilingual risk assessment tool for combined cyber-physical threats in S4RIS, STAM
WP4 Monitoring Methods for S4RIS - Detection, Forecasting, Response and Recovery, IC
WP5 Simulation methods for S4RIS - Prevention, Preparedness and Risk Mitigation, Fraunhofer
WP6 Implementation of SAFETY4RAILS Information System (S4RIS), UNEW
WP7 Policy planning and investment measures of prevention-detection-response-mitigation, RMIT
WP8 Simulation Exercises and Evaluations in Operational Environments, UIC
WP9 Ethics, Legal, Privacy and Societal Aspects, UREAD
WP10 Communication, Dissemination, Exploitation and Training Activities, EOS

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