Research & Innovation

An international research network

OMNYS is involved in research and technological development activities via the active participation in European projects co-financed by the European Community, in collaboration with national and international partners.

Along the years we gained important relationships with prestigious European partners, both in the academic and industrial fields, such as: University of Trento, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), Insitut National des Télécommunications (France), University of Pisa, University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom), Technical University of Denmark (Denmark), Motorola Electronics S.p.A., Centre de Recherche Motorola (France), Telefonica Research Center (Spain) and many others. 

Successfully completed projects

  • S3MS - a European research project on the security of mobile applications (within the 6th EU Framework Programme).
  • DEGAS - a European research project on Global Computing (within the 5th EU Framework Programme).
  • MONASIDRE - a European research project on 3G networks (UMTS, MBS, DBS) (within the 5th EU Framework Programme).

S3MS: A European research project on the security of mobile applications

 

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S3MS (Security of Software and Services for Mobile Systems) is a European research project focused on the security issue of mobile systems.

In the coming years, quantity and quality of e-services for and on mobile devices will increase, hence creating a great business opportunity for services and applications developers. Already now, many people use over the air services for pre-provisioned services such as e-mail, schedule and contact synchronization. Mobile devices will become more powerful (a smart phone has more computing power than a PC of 15 years ago), so that smart-phones will become common shared platforms to run different applications.

While security and dependability issues are increasingly important for all computers, this is particularly true for nomadic devices such as phones. These issues become major when a user, or a corporation using mobile software to empower its workforce, wants to run on the same device many interoperating and communicating applications from different parties, each with its own security and privacy requirements.

The objective of S3MS is to create a framework and a technological solution for trusted deployment and execution of communicating mobile applications in heterogeneous environments. In the vision of the project, the key innovation component is the notion of security-by-contract, a mobile contract that an application carries with itself. Loosely speaking, a contract contains a description of the relevant features of the application and the relevant interactions with its host platform. A mobile platform could specify platform contractual requirements, a mobile policy, which should be matched by the application's contract. Among the relevant features, one can list fine-grained resource control (e.g. silently initiate a phone call or send an SMS), memory usage, secure and insecure web connections, user privacy protection, confidentiality of application data, constraints on access from other applications already on the platform. And the user can set such features.

The role of OMNYS within the project is mainly to carry out one of the three case studies concerning the porting of a mobile application within the S3MS framework, as well as to provide a contribution about security requirements to the other framework components. The mobile application that has been chosen is the highly interactive, multi-player game prototype, for mobile platforms, developed within a previous research project: Degas.

The S3MS project partners:

  • University of Trento (Italy)
  • Amena (Spain)
  • Create-Net (Italy)
  • DoCoMo Euro-Labs (Germany)
  • Fast (Germany)
  • Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Sweden)
  • Microsoft - EMIC (Germany)
  • Moviquity (Spain)
  • Omnys (Italy)
  • Sintef (Norway)
  • Trusted Logic (France)
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Nederlands)
  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Istituto di Informatica e Telematica (Italy)

 

DEGAS: A European research project on Global Computing

 

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DEGAS (Design Environments for Global ApplicationS) is a European research project within the FET (Future and Emerging Technologies) key-action, and specifically within the Global Computing initiative.

The emerging wireless technologies make possible to tightly integrate computer resources into everyday objects to enhance their standard functionalities through inter-objects interactions.

The interaction between objects (such as mobile terminals) implies that future applications, designed and developed to be processed by these "smart" objects, must be compliant to work in a distributed environment. Hence, developers will need specific development tools for this kind of applications: i.e. global applications.

The objective of DEGAS was therefore to define and design a development environment for global applications based on a modelling language such as UML (Unified Modelling Language). Such a development environment should allow a developer of global applications to evaluate his applications from a qualitative and quantitative point of view, such as performance and security.

The role of OMNYS within the project was to develop one of the two planned case studies concerning the development of a pilot service about mobile entertainment. Such a service is a multi-player and interactive game, based upon multimedia messages involving GPRS and UMTS technologies.

The DEGAS project partners:

  • Omnys (Italy)
  • University of Trento (Italy)
  • University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Technical University of Denmark (Denmark)
  • Motorola Electronics S.p.A. (Italy)
  • University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom)

 

MONASIDRE: A European research project about 3G networks

 

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MONASIDRE (Management Of Network And Services In a Diversified Radio Environment) is a European research project about the third generation wireless networks, mainly:

:: UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunication System)
:: MBS (Mobile Broadband System), such as HiperLAN
:: DBS (Digital Broadcasting System), such as DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting).

In the future wireless access systems involving the above mentioned networks as technologically different access networks on one hand and a number of technologically different mobile devices on the other hand, the provision of wireless services becomes duly complex.

The Project objective was therefore to implement a network and service management system capable of interconnecting/interfacing the Service Provider to the Network Operator(s). The result of the research has been a prototype of the Monasidre platform.

The MONASIDRE project partners:

  • Omnys (Italy)
  • Shineline - Sequenza (Italy)
  • National Technical University of Athens (Greece)
  • Centre de Recherche Motorola (France)
  • Motorola Electronics S.p.A. (Italy)
  • Telefònica I&D (Spain)
  • Insitut National des Télécommunications (France)
  • University of Applied Sciences Valais (Switzerland)