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Published: 11/03/2022

Towards safe and secure distributed cyber-physical systems

TRANSACT consortium, with leading European companies, is working on Battery Management Systems

A European consortium of 30 partners from the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Norway, Spain, Belgium, and Denmark has launched TRANSACT, an ECSEL Joint Undertaking funded by the European Union’s H2020 Framework Programme to create safe cyber-physical systems., together with the leading European car-makers, Tier 1 suppliers, and engineering service providers, is working on Battery Management Systems used in electric cars. The company’s role is to develop an edge computing device running hardware-accelerated neural networks onboard the vehicle. Models implemented in artificial neural networks will support crucial battery management processes such as vehicle driving range prediction, battery Remaining Useful Life estimation, or fault early detection and prognosis.

The goal of the project

In June 2021, the TRANSACT (Transform safety-critical cyber-physical systems into distributed solutions for end-users and partners) ECSEL JU was kicked off. The goal of TRANSACT is to develop a universal, distributed solution architecture for the transformation of safety-critical cyber-physical systems from localized stand-alone systems into safe and secure distributed solutions.

Cyber-physical systems (CPS) are all around us, but due to today’s technical limitations and the possibility of human error, we cannot yet tap into their full potential. A seamlessly integrated and connected architecture for such systems via edge and cloud technologies could overcome these limitations. To that end, TRANSACT will research distributed reference architectures for safety-critical CPS that rely on edge and cloud computing, ensuring that performance, safety, security, and data privacy are guaranteed.

Use cases

The project brings together large companies, SMEs, research institutes, and universities from nine European countries that will demonstrate the capabilities of TRANSACT through real-world use cases in five relevant business areas: 

  • Remote operation of autonomous vehicles for navigating in urban environments 
  • Critical maritime decision support enhanced by distributed, AI-enhanced edge and cloud solutions 
  • Cloud-featured battery management systems for electric vehicles 
  • Edge-cloud-based clinical applications platform for image-guided therapy and diagnostic imaging systems
  • Critical wastewater treatment decision support enhanced by distributed, AI-enhanced edge and cloud solutions

“We are on the pathway of digital transformation, however, safety-critical applications are still deployed as standalone systems because it’s the only way to ensure the system’s safety, security, and performance simultaneously”, says Sasa Marinkovic, Coordinator of the TRANSACT project. “TRANSACT will extend the existing edge/cloud technologies to support safety-critical applications and will enable a transition from standalone systems to an ecosystem of digital propositions”.

“Cooperation with representatives of the European automotive industry in the BMS area is essential for the development of our company. We enter the field of safety-critical systems and position our R&D in the automotive value chain. Moreover, the project is an opportunity to develop new markets for our technology. We see new applications for DevOps dedicated to embedded software, MLOps tools, or our proprietary onboard computing platform, which we now equip with edge AI capabilities.” – comments Dr Mateusz Bonecki, Head of Innovation at

More information about the TRANSACT project is available at, on Twitter @TransactProject, and on LinkedIn

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This project has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 101007260. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program and the Netherlands, Finland, Germany, Poland, Austria, Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway.

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