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Cloud Computing, Big Data & Cybersecurity Lab




The laboratory Crosslab - Cloud Computing, Big data & Cybersecurity is a multidisciplinary laboratory created by the Department of Information Engineering of the University of Pisa in the framework of the Crosslab project. This laboratory aims at fostering new and innovative multi-disciplinary research activities in the area of Industry 4.0 systems. 


The context considered by the laboratory is a complete Industry 4.0 system that comprises:

  • IoT devices to connect and integrate cyberphysical systems;

  • A Cloud infrastructure to collect, store and analyze data via Big Data techniques; 

  • An intermediate Fog/Edge computing layer to host critical applications that require low-latency and high reliability in the communication with IoT devices; 

  • Security and Privacy functionalities.




The laboratory hosts a wide range of research activities and competences, such as: IoT connection and integration, design and deployment of Cloud/Fog platforms, design of innovative Big Data solutions exploiting Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence for optimization and predictive maintenance, data security and privacy.




The laboratory hosts an integrated testbed for Industry 4.0 that comprises the following:

  • A complete Cloud computing infrastructure based on OpenStack;

  • A Fog/Edge testbed that includes several embedded systems at high performance;

  • A 5G testbed that includes different Software Defined Radios and two NetFPGA boards;

  • An IoT testbed composed of 30 nodes deployed on the laboratory.



All the tools and the testbeds are integrated together in order to enable complex experiments that involve multiple devices at the same time.




In addition, the laboratory has a forensics room where forensics workstations are available to analyze data from smartphones and hard drives.



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SCORE: Smart Control Of the climate Resilience in European costal cities. H2020 Framework Programme. Luglio 2021-Giugno 2025




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