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The high-level goal of the EU-project SECREDAS developed and validated multi-domain architecting methodologies, reference architectures and components for autonomous systems, combining high security and privacy protection while preserving functional-safety and operational performance.

One in four potential buyers/users in Europe of automated driving is reluctant to do so, mainly due to lack of security. To alleviate this problem, the ECSEL-project “Produc Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems” (SECREDAS) made a first important step into the direction of developing “trust”-building components and (sub-)systems for the European industries of tomorrow. Four main directions were addressed: Reference Architecture, Powerful Components, Common Approaches, Scenarios & Pilot Tests.

The approach taken was to study a number of relevant use cases with specific requirements of safety, security, and privacy. Together with current state-of-the-art reference architectures, the use cases led to a next generation of reference architecture and common elements for multiple application domains. On top of that, several domain-specific solutions have been built to work out domain-specific and common demonstrators for the different application domains. The project focus laid mainly on the automotive sector; in addition, the medical, railways, and aerospace spin-outs were also investigated.



  • Project duration: May 2018 – October 2021
  • Coordination: NXP Semiconductors (NL)
  • Budget: 51,1 M€
  • Funding: 14,8 M€
  • Partner (i.a.): 
    • Industry: AVL-AT (AT), AVL-SF (DE), BeyondVision (PT), CEVT (SE), COMSOL (DE), Canon Research (FR), CWA (GR), EXELONICS (D), FICO-ADAS (ES), GD (DE), Gemalto (FR), IDEMIA (FR), INDRA (ES), IP (PT), IPTelecom (PT), Nexus (SE), Nokia (FI), NXP (NL), Roche (DE), Thales (AT), ZF (DE)
    • SME: CSIC (AT), Commsignia (HU), IDEAS & MOTION (IT), IMA (CZ), IOTR (FR), INVIA/ISSM (FR), Haltian (FI), Magneti Marelli (IT), Prove & Run (FR), PDMFC (PT), Secinto (AT), SEN (DE), TMLeuven (BE), TST (ES), UBIQU (NL), YoGoKo (FR)
    • Academia: BME (HU), BUT (CZ), CEA (FR), CSIC (ES), Fastree (NL), Fraunhofer IESE (DE), GUT (PL), IMEC-BE (BE), IMEC-NL (NL), ITAV (PT), RISE (SE), SICS (SE), TNO (NL), TU/e (NL), UNIKL (DE), Uni Oulo (FI), Unimore (IT), UP Bucharest (RO), Virtual Vehicle (AT)