TPEB at the conference Future of the Czech Energy Sector
On May 11, an expert conference on the Future of Czech Energy focusing on the prospects of the Czech energy sectors took place in the Czech Parliament. The representative of the TPEB, Ing. Martin Hromada, Ph.D., in his contribution addressed the area of energy security while focusing on current trends and challenges associated with critical energy infrastructure protection. The core of his intervention lied in an appeal to stimulate strategic institutional support addressing the identified security issues of energy critical infrastructure entities. Within the framework of the conference, the TPEB also announced an intention to organize regular expert meetings of relevant stakeholders on a specific topic related to critical infrastructure protection. The first meeting focusing on the „Current Trends in Security and Stability of Energy Infrastructures“ is scheduled for September 13th in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic Parliament Building. The aim of these events is to deepen the strategic dialogue among the state administration, owners and operators of critical infrastructure and technological companies leading to the identification of appropriate solutions and subsequent support of their implementation.
TPEB CR Conference „CURRENT CHALLENGES IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE“
On 13 October, 2016 Technology Platform „Energy security of the Czech Republic“ (TPEB CR) held in the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic a conference entitled :
„CURRENT CHALLENGES IN CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE“
The conference was held under the auspices of the Subcommittee for Energy of the Chamber of Deputies.
The intention of the conference was to present strong potential of companies and institutions, members of the Platform at the time when the issue of security is becoming increasingly important. They were also institutions invited to participate that are not TPEB CR members but are actively engaged in the issue. Platform as a PPP project addressed a wide range of extraordinary topics with suggestions for their solution. Mentioned topics and the possibilities for cooperation were examined within the region, Czech-Slovak and V4+. There was also noted the high level of communication with representatives of the European Commission and the practical steps in this area that will further continue .
The conference was attended by distinguished guests, Ing. Jiří Havlíček, MBA, 1st Deputy of the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and Ing. Václav Klučka, Deputy and Member of the Committee for security of the Chamber of Deputies and the President of the Managing Board of TPEB CR, who gave the opening speeches.
Further important guests at the conference, who presented their papers, were doc. Ing. Jozef Ristvej, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of University of Žilina, Slovak Republic, Ing. Andor Šándor, General in midfield and security adviser to the terrorist threat and Colonel. doc. Ing. Pavel Maňas, Ph.D., from the Faculty of Military Technology, UNOB in Brno.
Moderating of the conference undertook Mgr. Oldřich Vojíř, Ph.D., Vice-President of the Managing Board of TPEB CR.
The program of the conference has been designed in two blocks, where members of TPEB CR and experts from other institutions and companies as well presented their lectures.
The first session was devoted to the presentations of subjects from the field of sciences and research and their activities on a plan of cooperation between companies and universities, mediated by TPEB CR. Their contributions were presented by representatives of the following professional institutions:
Tomas Bata University of Zlín, Ing. Martin Hromada, Ph.D., assistant professor of the Department of Security Engineering ,presented the topic of current trends in security research, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava, doc. Ing. David Řehák, Ph.D., presented the topic of Resilience, Czech Technical University in Prague -Faculty of Transportation Sciences – Department of Security Technologies and Engineering, doc. Ing. Václav Jírovský, PhD., presented the topic of Smart Cities, University of Defence, Col. doc. Ing. Pavel Maňas, Ph.D., Head of Department of Engineer Technologies, Faculty of Military Technology , presented the topic of strenghtening the objects of critical infrastructure, ÚJV Řež, a. s. was represented by Ing. Jiří Žďárek, CSc., Vice president of business development. At the end of the block JUDr. Richard Hlavatý, Chairman of the Executive Board of TPEB CR presented the topic of Centre of Excellence – long-term TPEB CR strategy and project financing plan.
The second session was devoted to thematic corporate presentations, especially technological solution of the problems of critical infrastructure. In this block presented representatives of the following companies:
ČEPS a.s., represented by PhDr. Martin Bílek, Ph.D., director of security, CNS Inc., represented by Bc. Pavel Kurka, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Furthermore, DELTA ETS energo s.r.o. & JEAN PAUL WHITECASTLE, spol. s r.o.represented by Mr Mgr. Pavel Bělohradský, CEO of JEAN PAUL White Castle, ERA a.s., represented by Mgr. Pavel Kuthan, Sales manager, Monet +, a.s., represented by Bc. Libor Šmíd, Head of G&C team, NESS Czech, Ltd., represented Ing. Martin Kult, Vice President for Strategy, TTC Marconi, s.r.o., represented by Ing. Martin Bajer, Director Unicorn Systems, a.s., represented by Ing. Marián Bártl, Director of the production division and at the end of this block Mgr. Jiří Protiva, director of The Military Technical Institute, state enterprise.
Final word on behalf of Ing. Milan Urban, Chairman of the Subcommittee for Energy, Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Parliament, presented Ing. Aleš Cincibus, Vice Chairman of the Managing Board of TPEB CR.
Technology Platform „Energy security of the Czech Republic“ would like to take this opportunity to thank all the guests and members of TPEB CR for their highly beneficial and interesting speeches and presentations, which significantly contributed to addressing current topics in the field of critical infrastructure, particularly within the possibilities of its protection against current and future threats, which is very timely. Broad spectrum presented papers showed the complexity of this area, its coherence and at the same time confirmed the existence cooperation between a large number of research specialists from many fields with experts from various industries.
TPEB strives for a new project from the Operational programme enterprise and innovation for competitiveness
After successfully finishing the previous project Energy and Cyber Security TPEB has prepared another proposal to the programme Cooperation – Technological Platforms. The goals of the programme fully correspond with the main pillar of the strategic functioning of TPEB, which lies in connecting the potential of companies and research institution in context of the research and development projects. The submitted project almost exclusively focuses on supporting the submission of proposals to H2020 calls. In case of success TPEB will be able not only organisationally but also financially support the companies and/or research institutions that would seek to submit a proposal to the H2020 call. Since the mid 2016 until the end of 2018 TPEB would be able to endorse at least 6 projects aiming to H2020 calls.
TPEB in H2020
TPEB has received the evaluation of the two projects (NOSBAT, RESIXT) applying for H2020 support. Despite the positive evaluations the projects regrettably did not get the funding. In the meantime TPEB has joined another consortium applying for H2020 project in the area of automatization of the value chains and negotiates another project dealing with cloud computing in the area of critical infrastructures.
Project of European dimension: Resilience 2015
The main objective of the project is the advanced Critical Infrastructure (CI) research in the field of correlation and resilience assessment in a context of European significant CI sectors (and their subsystems) – energy, transport and information and communication technologies. Determining the correlation of selected Critical Infrastructures will allow identifying and determining which factors have a major impact on ensuring a minimum accessibility features within the specified Critical Infrastructure subsystems. Based on the determination of static and dynamic attributes it will eventually be possible to analyse and simulate the impact of interdependencies to increase the availability and resilience of selected functions supply. These issues will provide knowledge base for research into the synergistic effect and the domino effects and impacts on the dynamic correlation and resilience assessment of Critical Infrastructure. Fulfilling all the factors then enable the dynamic Critical Infrastructure resilience assessment within a defined territory; outcomes will determine the impacts. Another benefit is the objective selection of preventive measures to minimize the threats impacts to the selected Critical infrastructure sectors, in the field of safety, security and preparedness. Project outcomes will be the basis for the planning process optimization in relation to the procedures and actions dealing with crisis situations, and thus the emergency preparedness plans of Critical Infrastructure entities. Simultaneously, the project will be the basis for developing and implementing systems that allow time-dependent correlation level assessment and thus the integral resilience assessment. This will significantly enhance and complement the current state of knowledge and the possibility of the static resilience assessment in context of dynamic Critical Infrastructure resilience assessment.
Sub-objectives of the project were structured into the following 9 work packages:
- Selected European significant sectors of the national Critical Infrastructure correlation research.
- Synergic effect research of the critical infrastructure elements failure and their influence on impact in terms of effective detection and identification of possible threats in context of the situational overview.
- Research and development of methodological materials for dynamic Critical Infrastructure correlations assessment for analysis and modelling of interdependencies.
- Research and development of methodical work for dynamic Critical Infrastructure resilience assessment to meet the needs of increasing the Critical Infrastructure protection and resilience in terms of potential impacts on the system.
- Research, development and creation of methodical and mapping system for Critical Infrastructure element identification and designation in land transport subsector in relation to their correlations, domino and synergistic effects.
- Research, development and creation of maps for identification and designation of the Critical Infrastructure key elements in the electricity sector in the context of their correlations, domino and synergistic effects.
- Research, development and creation of maps for identification and designation of the key elements of information and communication infrastructures in the context of their correlation, domino and synergistic effects.
- Research and development of maps and software solution methods for vulnerabilities identification of Critical Infrastructures and their interfaces and proposals to enhance their resilience.
- Integration of results and methodical bases development for a comprehensive system of dynamic integral resilience assessment of critical infrastructure within a defined territory.
TPEB will be primarily responsible for the investigation of the above-mentioned issues related to energy CI.
The leader of the project is the Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Faculty of Applied Informatics, Department of Security Engineering (principal investigator Eng. Martin Hromada, PhD – Member of the Technology Platform „Energy Security“ managing board and his Research Team). The consortium further consists of the following partners – Technical University of Ostrava, Faculty of Safety Engineering; Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering; Ministry of Defence CR- University of Defence, Faculty of Military Leadership; Technical University of Liberec, Faculty of Mechatronics, Informatics and Interdisciplinary Studies; Transport Research Centre
TPEB entered into new domestic and EU projects
During the last few months TPEB has intensively fulfilled its principal goal, which rests in the mediation of the R&D projects to the members.
The first project – Resilience 2015 – has been supported by the Security Research programme managed by the Ministry of Interior Affairs of the Czech Republic. Within the consortium TPEB will be responsible for measuring and testing the resilience of the energy sector due to the support of the Czech national TSO (CEPS). The consortium is led by the Tomas Bata University in Zlin and includes other major Czech universities and research institutions.
Following the last year’s successful activities TPEB managed to join two consortia submitting proposals to the H2020 calls. The first project called NOSBAT intends to focus on the security of smart grid solutions in the area of electricity infrastructure. The consortium is led by ATOS (Spain) and beside other partners also includes energy distributors from Poland (TAURON), Turkey (Baskent), and Israel (IEC), which was mediated by TPEB through its Israeli partners. TPEB will primarily organize the Czech use case focusing on the security of the smart grid solutions potentially applied to manage the fluctuation of low voltage caused by the supplies provided by small producers of alternative energy. Additionally, TPEB will lead the consortium’s standardisation efforts.
The second project – RESIXT – will potentially focus on the resilience methodology related to the critical infrastructure. The consortium is led by Spanish INDRA and includes other innovative companies (f. e. EXUS). TPEB will contribute mostly to the area of energy infrastructure resilience but it has also mediated the contribution provided by the University Hospital Hradec Kralove, which will perform the case related to the medical infrastructural facility.
The above mentioned activities clearly confirm a strong potential of TPEB as of a public-private-partnership project and stimulate further endeavours of the platform in this area.
Information about the meeting organized by TPEB Czech Republic within the premises of the Security Committee of the Chamber of Deputies
On January 22nd 2015, a meeting was held with the members of TPEB and the representative of the Security and Defence Committee within the premises of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. The event was organised under the auspices and in the presence of the member of the Committee for Security Ing. Václav Klučka and was attended also by other members of both committees, PhDr. Ivan Gabal and Ing. Bohuslav Chalupa and a member of the Committee for Security, MUDr. Miloslav Janulík. The special guest at the meeting was the Vice president of Czech Israeli Chamber of Commerce, Ing. Jiri Maceška. The aim of the meeting was to introduce TPEB and to present its activities during 2014, including the outlook for 2015 and to try to stimulate a broader dialogue between the members of TPEB and Members of the key security committees of the parliament.
During the first part of the meeting TPEB presented its activities related to the aim of fulfilling the long-term strategy based on its key characteristics of a PPP organisation. In this context several activities were mentioned being related to the effort to effectively connect public and private institutions in order to promote Czech solutions within the broadly defined field of critical infrastructure protection. These activities reflect the latest development in the legislative, political or strategic area based on promotion of the cooperation between national and international partners in the context of domestic and multinational projects (Security Research of the Ministry of Interior, TAČR, Horizon 2020, International Visegrad Fund). Specifically, the project Resilience 2015, which seeks support through the grant application within the Security Research Programme of the Ministry of Interior, was presented by its leader Ing. Martina Hromada, Ph.D. from Tomas Bata University in Zlín Additionally, other actions connected with the pre-contract activities associated with the bilateral cooperation with Israel or China were mentioned.
During the second part of the meeting there was a very lively and open discussion regarding the requirements and possible solutions for the security challenges, which where naturally stimulated by the recent events in France. Security Director of ČEPS, PhDr. Martin Bilek, Ph.D., highlighted in this discussion the key role of his company within the state’s critical infrastructure and emphasized the company’s high level readiness to face critical situations, which is being regularly tested and improved. The representative of the academic sphere, Doc. RNDr.Tomáš Pitner Ph.D. from Masaryk University in Brno informed the others about the polygon which is being developed and which aims to create a unique environment for research and development of methods for protection against attacks of the critical infrastructure.
One of the conclusions of this interesting and open discussion was the statement of the Members of the Parliament that there is a considerably large space for spreading the capabilities of Czech companies and innovative consortia of companies and research institutions, especially with relation to the state administration. This fact represents a positive challenge for TPEB as a PPP project. In this context it was also agreed that the cooperation initiated between the Security and defence committees and TPEB will be intensified in the future.
„Energy & Cyber Security in EU“ – Conference of TPEB ČR , Prague, November 6th 2014
Technology Platform „Energy Security of the Czech Republic,“ organized an international conference entitled „Energy & Cyber Security in the EU“ in the premises of the Czech Parliament on the 6th November 2014.
Ing. Milan Urban, Chairman of the Board TPEB Czech Republic, Deputy Chairman of the Economic Committee of the Parliament of the Czech Republic opened the conference and welcomed the participants. This was followed by short greetings from Dr. Richard Hlavaty, Chairman of the Executive Committee TPEB Czech Republic. Foreign panel moderator was Ing. Vaclav Klucka, MP and member of the Security Committee of the Chamber of Deputies. Home panel was moderated by Dr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. – Head of the Institute of Law and Technology Law Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno.
The conference was attended by foreign and domestic experts. The first block of lectures, which was devoted to foreign guests, was opened by Dr. Alois Sieber -Former Director of Security Research at DG Joint Research Centre, Ispra. His topic was related to Critical Infrastructure, research in the EU, implementation of programs in the EU Member States.
Conference was joined as well in the form of conference call by Representative of the Unit for Analysis of Natural, Technological and Security Threats; Ministry of Security and Justice in the Netherlands; National coordinator for security and the fight against terrorism (Nl.) Mr. Martijn de Gier – the topic of his presentation was Business as (un) usual – Resilience of Critical Infrastructure.
The same way conference approached Dr. Alessandro Lazari – ERNCIP (DG JRC Ispra) covering the European reference network of critical infrastructure protection (It.) 114 Directive on the protection of critical infrastructure (CI).
An important guest was Mr. Severin Löffler – Director Legal & Corporate Affairs in Central and Eastern Europe, Microsoft Corporation Security with exposé on the data in the cloud (security for data in the cloud). The second part of the program was devoted to a panel discussion, where were present leading domestic experts. Doc. Dr. Radim Polčák, Ph.D. – Head of the Institute of Law and Technology Law Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno; the theme of his lecture was: Experience with complex legal and organizational solutions of cyber security at the national level and the EU level.
As a representative of the electricity distribution company, stepped in Ing. Zbynek Boldiš, a member of the Board of ČEPS Inc. Who gave a lecture on activities and experience of ČEPS in the area of Critical Infrastructure along with video presentation of one large scale training simulation operation.
He was followed by Dr. Juraj Szabo, Ph.D. – Director of Legal and Corporate Compliance, ČEZ, as his lecture was devoted to the theme: Experience with ČEZ protection of critical infrastructure.
Another important speaker was Ing. Jaroslav Smid – Deputy Director of the National Security Agency (NSA), who dealt with the topic: Status of implementation of the Cyber Law in terms of NSA, the amendment of the Decree of critical infrastructure.
This was followed by presentations by Kpt.Mgr.Lukáš Pidhaniuk – Ministry of Interior ČR, General Directorate of the Fire Rescue Service, Department of Civil Emergency Preparedness, who dealt with the topic of European policy on critical infrastructure protection and its impact on the Czech Republic. In conclusion, Mr. Jiri Polak – Executive Director, Czech Association (CIO CACIO), had a presentation on the Strategic Development of the Energy segment in the Czech Republic and the EU.
The conference was attended by members of the Parliament committees – economic, defense and security and foreign. It was also attended by representatives of ČEZ a.s., ČEPS a.s.; Pražská plynárenská a.s. (Prague Gas Company a.s.); representatives of the General Directorate of Fire Brigades of the Czech Republic; the Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Office for Standards Metrology and Testing, Ministry of Defence, Office of the Defence Standardisation, Codification and Government Quality Assurance and many others.
JUDr. Richard Hlavaty
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Technological Platform „Energy Security of the Czech Republic“
ČEPS prezentace ochrana KI – seminář PSP
HORIZON 2020_Security Research
On 16 September 2014, DRILL 2014, a joint international security exercise, took place near the state border close to the Mountain of St. Sebastian. On this exercise cooperated more than 200 professionals from the Czech Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. Together they participated on the intensive implementation of the construction of the replacement of a cross-border power line that connects networks ČEPS and 50Hertz.
DRILL 2014 simulates extreme situations of failure of some of the technical part of the electrical network, such as the fall of the mast. According to the scenario extreme calamitous weather conditions caused series of extraordinary situations in the electricity transmission systems in various countries in Europe, including the Czech Republic and Germany. This caused the failure of extra high-voltage transformer stations between Hradec near Kadan and Röhrsdorf.
Putting into operation an international connection in this situation suddenly becomes a strategic priority. The two companies will begin immediately to build a replacement transmission route for cross-border management. If the construction is complicated by other factors such as fire around or inaccessible roads, CEPS and 50Hertz cannot act without the help of rescue teams and military bodies of both countries. This situation of crisis which scenario was prepared and solved by dozens of experts from CEPS and 50Hertz.
JUDr. Richard Hlavaty actively participated on this special event and in his speech he presented to the participants the activities of TPEB Czech Republic, including the ongoing activities of the project Energy and cyber security.
TPEB has joint three consortia applying for H2020 Projects
TPEB has joint three consortia applying for H2020 Projects
Following its long-term strategic plan the TPEB has joint three project consortia looking for the support from H2020. Two of the project application aim towards the area of research and innovation while the remaining project intends to establish cooperation among the leading regional research institutions that should further develop into applied research. The first two project applications include not only research sections but in accordance with the current settings of H2020 emphasize the development of marketing and route to market strategies.
The first consortium is called CySmart – Adaptive Cyber Security for Low Resource Wireless Communications Systems and is headed by the University of Sheffield. The consortium includes research institutions and enterprises from the UK, Austria, France, and Czech Republic. Apart from TPEB the Czech side i salso represented the Technical University Brno and Monet+, a company focusing on cyber security. The aim of the project is to develop adaptive solution for cyber security of the wireless ICT systems while combining innovative security arrangements on the level of cryptographic security as well as physical security. The project also counts with the verification of the solutions in real environment.
Thanks to its nature connecting the research sphere with the company sector and state administration TPEB will be responsible for exploitation and dissemination activities, which also involve a development of supporting business strategies. Additionally, TPEB will co-organise several public events including the major demonstrative conference taking place in Prague by the end of the project. Finally, TPEB will also provide expertise in standardisation and certification through the expert basis of the Office for Standards, Metrology, and Testing.
The second project – OPTIMUS – Bringing Order to Chaos during Massive Victim CBRN Incidents – focuses on the area of protections against CBRN incidents. While working on the application TPEB started cooperation with the Faculty of Military Health of the University of Defence, Czehc Republic, Military Research Institute, Center for Biological Protection in Techonin, and National Institute for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Protection. The consortium is headed by EXUS, which is a company with the great experience in innovative research. The aim fot he project is to develop UAV/UGV-based technology, which would effectively assist the rescue services in the cases of CBRN incidents.
The project consortium has 27 members coming from Greece, France, Spain, Norway, Italy, Netherlands, Cyprus, and Czech Republic. The higher number of consortium members reflects the fact that it includes research, innovation, development institutions but also structures of the rescue systems. The project also involves demonstration pilots based on simulation of C/B/R/N incidents which will also include the response of complex rescue teams (health and security services) trained to use OPTIMUS. The Czech Republic would host the biological incident scenario taking place in Techonin which provides top infrastructure. On the Czech side the project has been supported by Fire and Rescue Service, Faculty hospital Hradec Kralove, city of Hradec Kralove. The interest for demonstration has been also expressed by EDA which has CBRN among its priorities.
The role of TPEB will rest in exploitation and dissemination role connected with the initiatives linked to final users. TPEB will also organise several workshops in EU institutions and NATO. Similarly to the previous case TPEB also offered experts from the Office for Standards, Metrology, and Testing, however the standardisation activity has been expanded also towards the area of military standards which would be covered by the experts from the Defence Standardisation, Codification, and Government Quality Assurance Authority.
The third project applying for H2020 WIDESPREAD Teaming has focused on the international cooperation led by relation between the Center of Sensoric, Information, and Communication Systems (SIX) and Technical University Vienna (TUV). The project is called Advanced Wireless Technologies for Clever Engineering (ADWICE) and aims for establishing a strong partenrship between SIX and TUV, which is meant to become a foundation for wider consortium of companies, public and research institutions focusing on smart technologies. TPEB is supposed to utilize its know-how and position to set business plans and partnerships´ relations.
The project covers the area of sensoric systems, mobile communication, or cyber security. In a wider sense the project deals with the area of critical infrastructure protection which is the main area of interest for TPEB. Apart from the direct participation of TPEB in the project the activities could be beneficial for its member that could utilise the connections to research sector and potentially join the consortia formed through the enhanced cooperation. The application has been supported by the Czech Minister of Education, Youth and Sports, Rector of the University Technology of Brno, Vice-Rectors of TUV, and more than 20 companies.
All projects closely touch the main interest of TPEB, which is the critical infrastructure protection. They also represent successful cases showing the potential of TPEB as of public-private-partnership platform. TPEB intends to join other consortia applying for upcoming project calls. Generally, major emphasis will be put on the incorporation of the member companies into the consortia, which could essentially benefit from international R&D cooperation.