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UBITECH undertakes the technical coordination of the TheFSM Innovation Action on Food Safety industrial data markets

UBITECH is participating at the kick-off e-meeting (March 27, 2020) of the TheFSM Innovation Action , officially started on February 1st, 2020. The project is funded by European Commission under Horizon 2020 Programme (Grant Agreement No. 871703) and spans on the period February 2020 – January 2023. The vision of the TheFSM project is to deliver an industrial data platform that will significantly boost the way that food certification takes place in Europe. The platform will facilitate the exchange and connection of data between different food safety actors, who are interested in sharing information critical to certification. The project is going to accelerate the pace by which this type of certification bodies (in Europe and beyond) adopt digital innovation and offer data-driven services. Eventually, TheFSM aspires to catalyse the digital evolution of the quite traditional but very data-intensive business ecosystem of global food certification.

Within TheFSM, UBITECH undertakes the overall technical coordination and the integration lead towards the delivery of the Food Safety Market industrial data platform. In particular, UBITECH designs and delivers the Authorization & Access Control Engine responsible for implementing the logical access control that prevents unauthorized access of any type of resource of TheFSM platform, including amongst others the data, the (cloud) services, and software applications. Moreover, UBITECH undertakes the design and implementation of security safeguards at rest and at transit. Aiming to guarantee security and integrity of information in-transit, the security of the connection between the stakeholders and the integrity of the data that will be transferred, will be safeguarded through the usage of asymmetric cryptography, with the stakeholders involved in any transaction establishing an encrypted connection between them by presenting a certificate issued by a certificate authority that belongs to a trust list known to each other.

Finally, UBITECH implements the Blockchain-powered Smart Contracting Layer for Secure Storage & Information Exchange, having a two-fold focus: to undertake all authentication related aspects (complementing the authorization and access control), and to undertake all data brokerage aspects. With regards to authentication, the Smart Contracting Layer will deliver a decentralized identity management solution, safeguarding non-repudiation, while at the same time allowing users to authenticate identity based on the attributes they are willing to store and share themselves. With regards to data brokerage, the Smart Contracting Layer will focus on enabling the (semi-)automatic execution of contracts signed between two parties in a transparent and conflict-free way. The Smart Contracting Layer will facilitate the exchange of the data assets, and will define the rules (and probably the penalties) associated with the agreement, as well as automatically enforce these agreements if and when the pre-defined rules are met.