SafeCOP is a project that targets the so-called Cooperating Cyber-Physical Systems (CO-CPS), that is systems that rely on wireless communication, have multiple stakeholders, use dynamic system definitions (openness) and operate in unpredictable environments.



No single responsible stakeholder can be identified in these scenarios. This means that safe cooperation relies on wireless communication and security is an important concern.

Solution and expected results

SafeCOP will provide an approach to CO-CPS’ safety assurance, thus allowing their certification and development. In particular, the project will define a runtime manager to detect abnormal behaviors at runtime, triggering, if needed, a safe degraded mode.

SafeCOP will also develop methods and tools to certify cooperative functions and offer new standards and regulations to certification authorities and standardization committees.

The advantages include:

  • Lower certification costs

  • Increased trustworthiness of wireless communication

  • Better management of increasing complexity

  • Reduced effort for verification and validation

  • Lower total system costs

  • Shorter time to market

  • Increased market share

The results are evident in 5 case studies:

  • Cooperative moving of empty hospital beds

  • Cooperative bathymetry with boat platoons

  • Vehicle control loss warning

  • Vehicle and roadside units’ interaction

  • Vehicle to infrastructure cooperation for traffic management