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A EU-Japan collaboration which stands for “Multi-layered Security technologies to ensure hyperconnected smart cities with Blockchain, Big Data, Cloud and IoT”.

The main goal of M-Sec project is to research, develop, deploy and demonstrate multi-layered Security technologies to ensure hyper connected smart cities and empower IoT stakeholders with an innovative platform which leverages blockchain, BigData, Cloud and IoT security, upon which they can build innovative smart city applications.


The project explores secure, interoperable interactions between IoT elements based on a holistic secured cloud/edge/IoT context within a future smart city. Overall, the M-Sec paradigm complements mainstream IoT/cloud technologies, through enabling the introduction and implementation of specific classes of applications and services, which are not efficiently supported by state-of-the-art architectures.

M-Sec Results

M-Sec will achieve 4 main results:

M-Sec IoT infrastructure

The M-Sec smart city platforms will be distributed and robust, and based on IoT, cloud, Big Data and blockchain technologies. Through this trusted infrastructure, IoT stakeholders will be empowered to develop and operate     new IoT applications for smart cities on top of smart objects. Follow our pilots in real-life smart cities: Santander (Spain) and Fujisawa (Japan)!

M-Sec Smart City Ecosystem

Build and experiment with new ideas and application services for smart cities! Startups, SMEs and developers will be connected to the M-Sec actors and be given access to a complete set of tools and infrastructures.

M-Sec Marketplace

Our open market of applications, data and services will facilitate the exchange of value and information between IoT devices and people through virtual currencies. Check the incentives that motivate the interaction between smart objects and humans.

M-Sec Replication Plan

Learn how to replicate the M-Sec approach in your city! Our revenue model will guarantee the return on investment and all M-Sec benefits.

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Simplified view of M-Sec architecture

Application layer defines all the use the IoT technology or in
which IoT has deployed
sensiNact Studio
Eclipse sensiNact Studio
SensiNact is designed to allow platforms to interoperate, thus coexist and benefit from the richness of the variety. Additionally, it provides a fine grained security mechanism to allow access to services by only authenticated and authorized entities
Security Analysis Tool & Development Method for a secure service A security requirements modelling support system, for a misuse case diagram that enables the association of security knowledge with elements that constitute the diagram.
Modal Transition System Analyser A development tool for synthesizing behaviour specification for reactive systems with formal guarantee.
IoT Marketplace The M-Sec IoT Marketplace is a novel Marketplace where smart objects and users can exchange information and services through the use of virtual currencies, allowing real-time matching of supply and demand, and thus enabling the creation of liquid markets with profitable business models of the IoT stakeholders.
Cloud layer includes all the infrastructure upon which cloud services are based
& Visualisation Tool
Monitoring & Visualisation Tool A software-based solution that collects and examines activity from IoT layer or agents embedded in the IoT gateway devices. This tool not only help with the security health checks by providing insight into how the security is being maintained at IoT gateways, but also helps in further analysis of devices under attack. Thereby, providing 24/7 security threat monitoring and alerts.
Companion DB
Crypto Companion Database> As the real world matches the digital world, ensuring that information remains secure, private and authentic has become an ongoing challenge. Using blockchain technology, some of the issues can be addressed. However, once data is stored on the blockchain it can't be manipulated or altered. Our companion database is proposed as a parallel system to the blockchain for the encrypted storage. The blockchain saves a hash created from sensitive or personal data, and the companion database stores the sensitive data encrypted together with the hash.
Middleware layer includes the infrastructure needed for both Peer-to-Peer and IoT-to-Cloud approaches
sensiNact platform
Eclipse sensiNact platform SensiNact is designed to allow platforms to interoperate, thus coexist and benefit from the richness of the variety. Additionally, it provides a fine grained security mechanism to allow access to services by only authenticated and authorized entities.
Secure SOXFire SOXFire can provide practical distributed and federated infrastructure for IoT sensor data sharing among various users/organisations in a way that is scalable, extensible, easy to use and secure, while preserving privacy.
Quorum Blockchain
Blockchain middleware
Quorum Blockchain Blockchain middleware A distributed ledger and middleware services system which provides all the necessary groundwork for security/privacy-enhancing services related to transactions and interactions between actors of various ecosystems.
T&R Model
Trust & Reputation Model/Engine The Trust & Reputation
Management Engine (T&RM Engine) is a tool working on top of the M-Sec
blockchain/Marketplace and in parallel with the corresponding
middleware so as to provide a ranking system assessing the
reliability, trustworthiness and reputation of resources providers
within the MSec ecosystem.
IoT Layer includes all the devices, sensors, and their
corresponding low-level networks that are met in IoT ecosystems
Secured components
for devices
Secured components for devices A secure element, such as a
TPM, is added to the physical platform, It is used to store any
sensitive information that shall be protected from people having
physical Access to the electronics, such as IoT devices and gateways.
The secure element handles the integrity of the device during the
boot process and also handles the authentication and encryption for
external communication channels.
Detection System
Intrusion Detection System Protect vulnerable IoT devices from
malicious activities using defense-in-depth mechanisms and threat
monitoring, thereby providing multi-layered security against policy
violations and cyber attacks, along with security health-checks
GanonymizerIn situations where video data is used in various
IoT application use cases such as smart cities, personal information
is often a problem. GANonymizer is a technology that automatically
deletes personal information contained in such videos using AI
Cross layer is the layer that provides services to all the horizontal layers.
Management Tool
Security Management Tool A set of centralized security
functions that are necessary to ensure end-to-end security, privacy
and therefore digital trust. It is designed to support several
security functionalities aggregated in a single backend using the
LDAP standard. The central element for the security manager is a
directory service containing all information to manage security
services for clients, such services known as AAA for Authentication,
Accounting and Authorization.
Development & Design Tools
Development & Design Tools Functional Group ...
Devices Security
Devices Security Functional Group...
Secure City Data Acc
Secure City Data Access Functional Group...
IoT Marketplace
IoT Marketplace Functional Group...
Secured&Trusted Storage
Secured & Trusted Storage Functional Group...
Privacy Management
Privacy Management Functional Group...
End-to-End Security
End-to-End Security FG...
End-to-End Security
End-to-End Security FG...
Layered Layered architecture patterns are n-tiered patterns
where the components are organized in horizontal layers. This is the
traditional method for designing most software and is meant to be
self-independent. This means that all the components are
interconnected but do not depend on each other.
Functional Group
Functional Groups represents a reusable, functional, identifiable part of the
whole framework that provides a set of functionalities based on the combination of other components.
Component represents a smaller functional part that in a combination with other components,
introduce the functional group component. A component is an self-contained software which can
communicate with other components. In this representation a component can also represent a set of components. We are not representing interfaces and connectors.
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M-Sec Factsheet

  • Project title: Multi-layered Security technologies to ensure hyper connected smart cities with Blockchain, BigData, Cloud and IoT
  • Project Acronym: M-Sec
  • Grant Agreement Number : 814917
  • Type of action : RIA Research and Innovation action
  • Topic: EUJ-01-2018 Advanced technologies (Security/Cloud/IoT/BigData) for a hyper-connected society in the context of Smart City
  • Starting date: 01/07/2018
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Keywords: Security, IoT, Cloud, Smart Cities, Blockchain
  • Coordination EU: Worldline Iberia SA (Spain) – Contact: Vanessa Clemente (Vanessa.clementenunez @ worldline.com)
  • Coordination JP: NTT East (Japan) – Contact: BBX Marketing Department eujp-msec@east.ntt.co.jp

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