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TESTUDO: Autonomous swarm of heterogeneous resources in infrastructure protection via threat prediction and prevention

The TESTUDO project aims to use state-of-the-art technologies for detection, prevention, and prediction to develop an advanced platform for continuous Critical Infrastructure monitoring in harsh and remote areas.

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Technological advancements, geopolitical shifts, and climate change are introducing new types of threats and challenges to European critical infrastructures. Potential disruptions, whether intentional, such as terrorist attacks, or unintentional, such as natural disasters, can jeopardize the smooth operation of these structures, severely impacting local societies and their daily activities and well-being.


The Horizon Europe project TESTUDO aims to address these evolving threats by developing technical solutions designed to enhance the resilience of these critical infrastructures.

An important aspect of the solution pursued is to utilize advanced unmanned vehicles along with existing equipment to deliver a high maturity platform for continuous monitoring that includes both autonomy on-the-platform and autonomy on-the-edge. The TESTUDO framework will adopt a three-pillar approach:

(i) integrating novel sensing components, including dynamically moving sensors to cover remote areas with limited connectivity

(ii) leveraging AI-based knowledge extraction and enhancement

(iii) implementing prevention and prediction models to mitigate impacts and facilitate recovery from hazardous events.

SINTEF's main role in the project is to develop optimization algorithms that will be used to allocate the available resources to high-level missions and thereby contributing to the overall autonomy of the deployable system.

To demonstrate the robustness, flexibility, and modularity of the final TRL 7 prototype solution, it will be tested in three distinct use cases:

    1. a cyber-security attack on a water treatment facility
    2. a chemical fire in a tunnel caused by an electric vehicle
    3. a synchronized attack on a water reservoir and a water treatment facility.

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Project duration

2023 - 2026


The European Union under the Horizon Europe programme in Resilient Infrastructure under grant agreement No 101121258.

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