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The 2-year project “Short Wave critical Infrastructure Network based on a new Generation high survival radio communication system”, named SWING, deals with the study and design of a system of HF radio connections to link European Critical Infrastructures (ECIs) among themselves and with their Controlling Governmental Agencies (CGAs).

This system will replace broad band internet transmission when the latter fails.

The HF network will withstand adverse conditions such as those encountered in case of a terrorist attack, guaranteeing the communication between ECIs and CGAs, and the transmission of necessary data for the survival and minimum operability of ECIs.

SWING will be designed to evaluate the threat and increase the security awareness, as well as the level of protection, of analogous and/or interdependent ECIs.

In order to meet these goals and therefore CIPS priorities, SWING will have to recognize how and when the internet communication fails, and develop the standard software and hardware tools necessary for implementing communication protocols suited for a reliable and interoperable Short Wave (High Frequency) radio network back up.

Therefore, SWING must also analyze the HF network requirements necessary for alerting and controlling ECIs from their CGAs in case of threat or attack, understand the particular characteristics of the ionospheric channel in order to establish a suitable control system for the frequencies to be employed, and design a radio-communication architecture for a HF radio network over Southern Europe.

To meet the above mentioned objectives the main activities will initially concern the designation of ECIs in the regions of interest and the analysis of potential communication problems among them and between ECIs and CGAs, followed by the identification of the most suitable topology for a high survival radio communication network.

Subsequently, SWING will determine the criteria for early warning alerts, the procedures to activate the back up network, as well as the minimal amount of information necessary to maintain control over ECIs keeping them linked even in critical conditions.

For what concerns the HF radio network, SWING will define and design the software and hardware necessary to a high survival HF radio network, keeping into account the existing HF network communication protocol and architecture.

Since the network can use both the ionospheric channel and, if required, the ground wave propagation, SWING will also study the ionospheric channel characteristics in order to manage the transmission frequencies of the HF network.

Dissemination of the project’s outputs will take place through intermediate deliverables such as technical reports and brochures directed to the ECIs and CGAs communities, as well as professional training activities through courses, workshops and conferences concerning the feasibility, the potential impact, and the main concepts of SWING.

The activities, organized in Working Packages (WPs), are distributed among four Co-Beneficiaries (INGV-Italy, CNIT-Italy, NOA-Greece, OE-Spain) that are coordinated by a Project Manager (PM).

The PM will be the sole point of contact for the European Commission and will be responsible for the regular technical progresses of the project.

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