Ensuring a high level of comfort and simultaneously safety and security in facility areas (buildings, infrastructure objects, and installations) is one of the most challenging and ambitious directions of development in situation awareness systems. Modern buildings are strongly focused on providing user-oriented services in order to increase the human comfort and safety within the facility. It is hard to reconcile it with keeping high safety and security level at the same time due to the necessity of following the cumbersome security procedures. The goal of this use case is to simplify these procedures by introducing the self-aware wireless network of smart components for access control and facility monitoring with integrated identification and authorization capabilities. The main objectives are related to detection, identification and localization of different objects and their behaviour within facilities or areas of critical infrastructure. The other issue is extending the access control in physically separated locations with virtually defined areas with locally defined rules (e.g. customized area and behaviour definition, virtual fences etc.).

The business requirements (from the industry perspective) indicate an urgent need for easy deployment of systems that allows for precise monitoring and tracking of objects (people, vehicles, tools, equipment etc.) in virtually defined areas of an industrial facility in order to support its business operations and processes with respect to safety and security. Thus, the main objectives of this Use Case are:

  • Increasing the security level of the critical infrastructure (e.g. fuel sector) and optimization of planning, managing and accounting overhauls and maintenance services in the industry installations (e.g. refinery).
  • Increasing the reliability level of the security systems infrastructure by utilization of hot redundancy mechanisms and improvement of the maintenance service and minimization of breakdown/accident reaction time.

Demonstration of self-aware Internet-of-Things (IoT) network capabilities in access control and safety critical applications, in order to increase its availability and reduce time of reaction for component failure as well as inaccessibility of its components.