Integration of multi-robot swarming concepts in support of future defence capabilities in the field of Guidance, Navigation and Control
The winning idea is explained by Clover Technologies Project Manager Fidel Paniagua Diez
“Swarm robotics is an emerging technology present in the Future Operational Environment of almost every European nation. However, before it can be implemented in real scenarios, the challenges still pending related to swarm robotics – i.e. computational and storage limitations, heterogeneous communication protocols, information security, etc. – must be solved.
Our project aims to provide a solution to some of these challenges with a blockchain-based platform. The designed solution includes additional layers of security that provide integrity, confidentiality and authentication.Moreover, it supports the automatic implementation of several steps and improves swarm command and control traceability.
More precisely, our proposed solution has three main elements. First, a blockchain platform which allows a secure coordination of a swarm robotic. Second, a so-called Group Key Distribution Algorithm which securely allows the management of the joining & leaving operations within a swarm robotic. And third, a Java Card technology which offers a tamper resistant solution for storage and management of the sensitive information in a robot.
As previously stated, our main goal is to offer a common platform for the secure coordination and exchange of information between the nodes which are part of a swarm robotic. Therefore, robot manufacturers in the defence industry will need access to this platform. Consequently, we are going to work on an application programming interface (API) which will allow the manufacturers to use its capabilities in a simple way. Furthermore, new services such as charger points, weather information, waypoints and so on, will be added to the platform and made available to the robots in order to facilitate swarm coordination.
Finally, let me stress that in order to develop this platform, we will need the collaboration of Ministries of Defence, Armed Forces and industry. Hence, this award is really important for us because we are sure that it will provide us with new contacts that will help us to achieve a more powerful and rich solution.”