Part of the FACT consortium, hosted by the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), met in Vienna on 11 and 12 of April. This meeting, which brought together the project representatives involved in Work Package (WP) 2, addressed critical aspects such as the test domain, business models, capabilities, and system requirements that are key to the successful implementation of the project.

Led by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), the representatives of the WP, which includes leading European companies such as Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace (FACT project coordinator), the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Baltijos Pazangiu Technologiju Institutas (BPTI), CR14, Crosshill, Latvijas Mobilais Telefons SIA, Leonardo, Terma, Nokia Bell Labs, Rheinmetall, Space Hellas, Thales Norway and the University of Genova, presented the progress made in the four months since the project’s inception.

During the meeting, participants underlined the importance of harmonizing the Cyber-Physical Test Range scenarios, which are essential for the implementation and demonstration of technology elements selected by the project moving towards the achievement of the research objectives.

In his opening remarks, Vasileios Gkioulos, Associate Professor at NTNU, reiterated the purpose of the meeting: “During these early stages of the project, it is crucial that we lay down firm foundations for our research and development efforts. WP 2 establishes the technical framework for the project, outlining the concept architecture, operational and business models, and the requirements that will shape future development. The workshop holds significant importance in aligning our objectives, perspectives, and experiences, thus enabling the project to progress harmoniously and with shared technical goals.”

Martins Kalkis, Head of Cyber Security Division at LMT, emphasised:

LMT is privileged to collaborate with partners from the European Union, bringing our expertise and experience in innovation, cybersecurity, mobile communications, and particularly 5G technology to complement the FACT project. Moreover, this project holds significance for bolstering the resilience of Latvian cyber-physical security infrastructure. By facilitating the testing of cyber-physical security measures across broad spectrum of innovative devices manufactured within Europe and Latvia, we are fortifying EU and national defence against emerging threats. We also sincerely appreciate the collaboration and remarkable progress made during the WP2 workshop, which has significantly contributed to the advancement of the project and LMT goals.

About FACT:

FACT (Federated Advanced Cyber Physical Test Range) is a project funded by the European Commission under the European Defence Fund. Led by Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and involving 19 European entities, it aims to provide an unprecedented new European capability to test and verify equipment’s cyber vulnerability. The project will pave the way for the EU’s autonomy and ability to create and integrate a federated cyber-physical test bed.