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|   Call 2019

Artificial Intelligence for a multisensory solution to protect critical infrastructure autonomously

Background and Motivation
Protection of critical infrastructures is becoming increasingly important internationally, including Austria, against the background of increasing threats from terrorist attacks and growing dependencies of the population on functioning infrastructures. Rapidly changing security situations require flexible and mobile concepts for emergency services, which in the past was a marginal burden for BMI/BMLVS resources in the case of long-lasting critical security situations. Hazard situations do not necessarily emerge at local level, but can affect several objects or entire regions. Innovative technical assistance systems must therefore ensure rapid and flexible usability as well as (partial) autonomous support, thus making it possible to effectively monitor large areas with a small number of personnel or to mon-itor infrastructure objects based on threat analysis and existing risk models in a 24/7 sensor operation. Likewise, it is necessary to create a real-time situation picture from derived information in order to provide targeted support for assistance and security missions in the operational staff and on site.

Objectives and innovation aspects
The goal of KI-Secure is the (partial) autonomous 24/7 support of operators and emergency services in “critical infrastructure protection”. The development of innovative solutions for the autonomous, permanent observation and analysis of security-critical defined spatial areas is pursued based on a multimodal and multisensoral system approach of location-adjustable terrestrial and (partial) autonomous (BLOS) UAV based modules. Corresponding to risk models based on threat analysis, also a targeted adaptation to dynamically changing situations and threat situations (people, vehicles, UAVs) and the monitoring of large and complex spatial areas is made possible. Developments based on 5G technologies enable the vital stable broadband communication for the innovative cooperation approaches between the individual modules and an operation center.

KI-Secure innovatively builds on existing technological solutions, integrates results of (inter)national research projects and focuses on unresolved research topics of multi-sensor data and situation analysis, autonomous UAV application and the use of optimized compact radar modules. Synergies and a strong integration of research results from the automotive sector are sought.

Desired results
The result is a proof-of-concept (PoC) of the system concept using a PoC demonstrator, which evaluates the KI-Secure approach in tests and demonstrates the functionality, performance and practical suitability for the relevant scenarios. Social science and legal issues flow into the technical concept and ensure the applicability and acceptance of KI-Secure. The intensive integration of users, operational organizations, infrastructure operators and an international board of experts, as well as a targeted, socio-scientifically oriented needs assessment ensures user-oriented developments and scenario-oriented usability of the solutions.

The result of KI-Secure is a proof-of-concept of the overall system, including demonstration and evaluation related to the functionality, performance and practical suitability for support in the event of dynamically changing security situations for critical infrastructure objects.

Institut für Intelligente Systemtechnlogien, Universität Klagenfurt AAU
Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich BKA
Freiwillige Feuerwehr Gumpoldskirchen FGK
IFR - Ing. Richard Feischl IFR INRAS GmbH INR
Lakeside Labs Gmbh LSL
Messer Austria GmbH MES
twins GmbH TWI
Verbund Hydro Power GmbH VER

GSK Partner
Agentur für Europäische Integration und wirtschaftliche Entwicklung GmbH AEI

Bundeskanzleramt der Republik Österreich BKA

DI Alexander Almer
JOANNEUM RESEARCH - Institut für Informations- und Kommunikationstechnologien
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