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Protecting Your Data: New Aerial Surveillance Solutions

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Published on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

LuxConnect S.A. and the University of Luxembourg, through its Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT), have entered a partnership framework agreement establishing a long term relationship to jointly develop novel solutions for the aerial surveillance and protection of data centers.

With the increasing level of digitalization in business domains across all industries, there is a rising amount of data that have to be stored in physical data centres. These sites are therefore among the most critical infrastructures of our modern society, and are essential for nearly all ICT-enabled functionalities and services.

However, the importance of the data stored in such centres also creates a significant security problem; these centres are large, and must be protected against any unauthorized access. Security of data centers therefore includes both IT and physical security - the locations of these centres must be closely protected.

The general objective of this collaborative research program is the investigation of novel concepts and solutions for a highly automated data centre surveillance system using multiple unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones). These drones will support human security personnel in their most critical tasks and hereby significantly increase the overall physical security of data centers.

The research will be carried out by SnT's Automation & Robotics Research Group, led by Professor Holger Voos. Commenting on the agreement, Professor Voos emphasized the significance of this work to both LuxConnect and society in general: 'SnT has carried out extensive academic research in the area of sensing and control for unmanned aerial vehicles, and this is a fantastic opportunity to both further strengthen and apply this work. For LuxConnect, the collaboration will result in an increased level of physical protection for their data centres, supporting their security teams with new means for advanced aerial surveillance.'

Image: Left to right, Roger Lampach (Chief Executive Officer, LuxConnect), Edouard WANGEN (Chairman of the Board of Directors, LuxConnect) and Björn Ottersten (Director, SnT)

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SnT's Partnership Program currently includes 32 collaborations with public and private organisations, addressing the major challenges facing industry and the public sector in ICT. The resulting concepts present a genuine, long-lasting competitive advantage for companies in Luxembourg and beyond.

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