Costain joins AI and blockchain demonstrator i-Trace

April 27, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Costain joins AI and blockchain demonstrator i-Trace
Cisco-led consortium to test securing IoT data in real-world infrastructure settings using machine learning to detect threats and blockchain to certify data.

A Cisco-led consortium of partners will demonstrate how artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain can robustly secure Internet of Things (IoT) networks through i-Trace, a part-government funded, co-innovation project that will serve as a step forward in the digital transformation of national infrastructure. Integrated smart infrastructure company, Costain, has joined the i-Trace consortium to conduct real-world cybersecurity trials in construction machine telematics and connected sites sensing and monitoring.

“The IoT is central to the fourth industrial revolution, which is seeing infrastructure delivery and operations become more data-driven, using insights gathered from connected devices, sensors, and telematics to inform long and short-term decision-making,” said Tim Embley, Research and Innovation Director at Costain. “IoT security is a critical issue as cyber-attacks increase in both frequency and potency. There is a world of unseen potential when it comes to AI and blockchain in terms of increasing the resilience of IoT networks and better securing the integrity of IoT data that is so critical to driving safer, faster, greener and more efficient delivery and operations of infrastructure.”

The UK’s National Cyber Security Strategy highlights that the application of IoT in critical systems has introduced vulnerabilities that could severely impact societal, health, welfare and business models. This is due to factors such as the low-cost and low-power requirements of many IoT devices, as well as their limited storage and processing capabilities, all of which mean they are inherently difficult to secure.

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