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High-performance, autonomous communication network for the authorities and operators of critical infrastructures as a practice-oriented state network solution

A proof-of-concept for a basic state network for secure operational, tactical and strategic communication using existing state infrastructures will be designed and the feasibility of technical interconnection of wired and wireless IP-based communication networks will be analysed, taking into account the structural and operational context via the organisations involved.

A basic state network has the task of ensuring tactical, operational and strategic communication between different authorities at federal, state, district and municipal level as well as operators of critical infrastructures - especially in exceptional cases of security policy. Such a robust medium for this communication level does not currently exist in Austria. The term communication does not only include voice communication, but also written, image, control and data communication and thus, due to the current state of the art, implies an innovative handling of technical complexity and heterogeneity, such as the variously implemented networks and products, topologies, implementations and generally the qualitative differences.

The Hammondorgel project takes up the formulated architectural ideas of the KIRAS study Bontempiorgel from the Call 2015/2016. It analyses the feasibility of a technical interconnection of wired and wireless IP-based communication networks at the Vienna Internet Exchange (VIX) point and other similarly equipped strategic locations in Austria, which enable the collocation of corresponding Layer 1, 2 and 3 equipment. It is important to stress that the purpose of the interconnection to be implemented is not simply to exchange traffic for peering purposes, but rather to establish redundancy paths via the infrastructures of interconnection partners in order to effectively counteract the partitioning of individual networks. A proof of concept takes into account system-level aspects for last-mile wireless access and a quality of service class mapping to the various 5G network slices (eMBB, uRLLC, mMTC). Thus, ambitious quality-of-service criteria are met in an innovative way and the possibility of isolating data streams in a protected frame is offered.  

The aim of the Hammondorgel project is to summarise the implementation and comprehensive evaluation of a proof of concept and the accompanying technical and organisational concepts as core requirements in a roadmap for the technical implementation of the new national basic network. The intended results and findings are: a) Derivation of concrete performance parameters as key performance indicators (KPI) for quality of service (QoS) including system availability and encryption concepts in order to specify suitable service level specifications (SLS); b) The development of a decentralised peering and traffic switching concept for the use of the federal structures in Austria for geo-redundancy in order to establish suitable technical resilience mechanisms; c) The identification of the necessary legal framework conditions for a stable and appropriate use of the basic state network; d) The conception of a multi-governance model for the participating parties.

Website: https://www.kiras.at/gefoerderte-projekte/detail/d/hochleistungsfaehiges-autarkes-kommunikationsnetzwerk-fuer-die-behoerden-und-betreiber-kritischer-infra/