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BMBF Joint Research Project

SysKit - A Development Tool for Secure Communications in Industry 4.0

The project deals with the creation of a development tool called Syskit. It is meant to facilitate the planning and creation of secure communications solutions targeted to the specific needs of Industry 4.0 applications. Based on a library of communications modules and secure hardware and software components, SysKit enables the implementer to optimize and test communications systems. SysKit can take different requirement such as reliability or real-time and energy constraints into account.
To implement this novel communications solution, new secure and attack-resistant communication technologies will be actively researched and developed. This includes multi-antenna radio technology, which is able to bundle signals and send them towards the receiver, instead of broadcasting them. It thereby highly impedes any effort to eavesdrop. Furthermore, a dynamic change in communications parameters aims to harden the system against active injection of interfering signals. Apart from security, energy efficiency is a vital concern in Industry 4.0 as many electrical components are battery-powered. Hence, this project will include research on lightweight-cryptography and its technical realization.


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NXP Semiconductors Germany GmbH (Verbundkoordinator)

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Hirschmann Automation and Control GmbH, Neckartenzlingen

IMST GmbH, Kamp-Lintfort

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FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik at Karlsruhe Institute for Technology, Karlsruhe

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- Chair for Digital Communication Systems
- Chair for Informationsecurity
- Chair for Embedded Security

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Technical University Dresden – Adaptive Dynamic Systems, Dresden

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University Aalen – Technik und Wirtschaft, Aalen

supported by the BMBF

BMBF project website


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christof Paar
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehrstuhl für Embedded Security
Universitätsstr. 150, ID 2 / 609
44801 Bochum
Telefon +49 (234) 32-22994

Felix Wegener
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Lehrstuhl für Embedded Security
Universitätsstr. 150, ID 2 / 651
44801 Bochum
Telefon +49 (234) 32-29949