About Us

The smashHIT program is designed to solve the problem of consumer consent and data security in the connected car and smart cities environment.smashHit is formed by a consortium of nine organisations drawn from analytics, data security, car manufacturing, smart city infrastructure and academia working collaboratively to deliver the benefits of shared connectivity to millions of consumers.

Consortium Members

Institut für Angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH (ATB)
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Institut für Angewandte Systemtechnik Bremen GmbH (ATB)

ATB Institute for Applied Systems Technology Bremen GmbH is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1991 by the State of Bremen, Bremen University and a group of industrial companies (Daimler AG, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, BLG AG, OAS AG and OHB System AG). ATB has a research team of ca. 20 full time researchers supported by about 10 researchers working on temporary or part-time basis. The main strategic business areas of ATB are Systems Analysis & Design, Knowledge Management (KM) and Software Systems Technology.

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University of Innsbruck
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University of Innsbruck

The University of Innsbruck was founded in 1669 and is the largest education facility in the Austrian state of Tyrol. The university is one of the best in Austria, and is constantly ranked in the top two best-ranked Austrian universities in the Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Semantic Technology Institute (STI) Innsbruck is a group at the Department of Computer Science, working on the Semantic Web, Big Data, Data Value Chain, Semantic Web Services and Service-Oriented Architectures, as well as in Artificial Intelligence. STI Innsbruck is a founding member of STI International, a cross -institutional, not-for-profit organization that brings together more than forty partners, covering academia and industry, with an interest in semantic technologies. STI Innsbruck has successfully completed more than 80 nationally and EC funded projects, thereby fundamentally shaping the development of the Semantic Web as it is now.

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Leibniz University Hannover
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Leibniz University Hannover

The Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH), founded in 1831, it is one of the largest and oldest science and technology universities in Germany. LUH joins the consortium with two associated research institutions: the L3S Research Center and the Institute for Legal Informatics. The L3S Research Center (L3S) is a joint research institute of several universities in Lower Saxony, Germany formally associated with Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

It includes about 80 employees and its total budget amounts to about 6 million Euros annually, with about 2⁄3 of the budget being third party funding from projects funded by the European Commission, German Research Foundation (DFG), German federal state governments or governmental institutions as well as from industry.

Work at L3S focuses on excellent AI-based research and the development of innovative and cutting-edge methods and technologies or systems, which are intelligent (characterized by learning processes that allow the acquisition of new skills and deal with a large amount of heterogeneous, uncertain and probabilistic data), reliable (ensuring the reliability of the ever more complex networked and autonomous intelligent systems) and responsible (both reflecting social needs and explore and assess possible effects on personal freedom of development, democratic principles and social interaction).

The L3S team builds upon approaches from various areas such as machine learning, data mining, information retrieval, natural language processing, semantic web technologies and social media analysis, as well as privacy/security related legal issues and data protection.The institute’s research has achieved high recognition both in Germany and abroad.

The Institute for Legal Informatics (IRI) at Leibniz Universität Hannover (www.iri.uni-hannover.de), situated at the Law School of the University of Hannover, is the oldest establishment dedicated to scientific research on legal problems of Information and Communication Technologies at a German University. 
It was given its grant in 1983. The subject matter of the Institute’s research includes the requirements, applications and consequences of computer usage both in the legal system and in practice.

With currently around 50 people staff IRI is one of Europe’s largest institutions in the field and is actively involved in about 10 European research projects with a focus on data protection law (including information systems in personnel, telecommuting, international data traffic, medical data protection law, medical data in the health insurances, electronic registration, as well as the development of a comprehensive database for the law regarding public procurement and the creation of an innovative Data Protection Framework for ACGT, that enables researchers to share their data, but protects the privacy of the data subjects as well), data security and intellectual property.

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TOG - X/OPEN COMPANY LIMITED
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TOG - X/OPEN COMPANY LIMITED

The Open Group (X/Open Company) is a worldwide industry organisation with headquarters in the United Kingdom, which has more than 600 members representing all the largest system and software vendors, and many end user organisations, including world leaders in manufacturing, finance, defence, health care, utilities, commerce and telecommunications. The Open Group provides a ven-or-neutral forum for buyers and suppliers of technology to agree on technology evolution and interoperability having over 43,000 participants in The Open Group activities from 126 countries. The Open Group vision of Boundary-less Information Flow™ is to enable access to integrated information, within and among enterprises, based on open standards and global interoperability. Its Re-search Institute conducts advanced technology development for information security, real-time systems used in production control environments, distributed systems, and advanced methods for enterprise architecture. The Open Group publishes the TOGAF Architecture Methodology used by IT Architects around the globe with over 85,000 certifications of individuals in every industry as well as government. The Open Group also owns and licenses to industry the UNIX® trademark and provides conformance and certification programmes for other consortia including ArchiMate® tools, Realtime OS conformance and several others, some of which are under R&D contracts with industry leaders or national governments.

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VOLKSWAGEN AG
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VOLKSWAGEN AG

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.
In difficult market conditions, the number of Group vehicles delivered to customers rose to 10.741 million in 2017 (2016: 10.297 million). The global car market share rose slightly to 12.1 percent. 22.0 percent of the new cars in Western Europe originate in the production of the Volkswagen Group. Group sales revenue in 2017 totaled € 231 billion (2016: € 217 billion), while earnings after tax amounted to € 11.6 billion (2016: € 5.4 billion).
The Group comprises twelve brands from seven European countries: Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN. Each brand has its own character and operates as an independent entity on the market. The product spectrum ranges from motorcycles to small cars and luxury vehicles. In the commercial vehicle sector, the products include ranges from pick-ups, buses and heavy trucks.
The Volkswagen Group is also active in other fields of business, manufacturing large-bore diesel engines for marine and stationary applications, turbochargers and -machinery, special gear units, compressors and chemical reactors.
In addition, the Volkswagen Group offers a wide range of financial services, including dealer and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.
The Group operates 123 production plants in 20 European countries and a further 11 countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. Every weekday, 642,292 employees worldwide produce around 44,170 vehicles, and work in vehicle-related services or other fields of business. The Volkswagen Group sells its vehicles in 153 countries.
With its “TOGETHER – Strategy 2025” future program, the Volkswagen Group is paving the way for the biggest change process in its history: the realignment of one of the best carmakers to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility. In order to achieve this, the Group will be transforming its automotive core business and will be launching a further 30-plus fully electric cars by 2025, as well as expanding battery technology and autonomous driving as new core competences. Furthermore, a cross-brand business unit for intelligent mobility solutions is to be established as a second pillar. The strategic investment in on-demand mobility provider Gett was the first step in this direction; over the coming years, further services such as robotaxis, car – sharing or transport on-demand will be grouped around this nucleus. The successful transformation requires the Group to place its innovation power on an even broader footing: the Group is driving forward with digitalization across all brands, areas and functions. At the same time, Volkswagen will rely to a greater extent than before on partnerships, acquisitions and strategic investments.

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LexisNexis Risk Solutions (Europe) Ltd
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LexisNexis Risk Solutions (Europe) Ltd

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions provides customers with solutions and decision tools that combine public and industry specific content with advanced technology and analytics to assist them in evaluating and predicting risk and enhancing operational efficiency.

We use the power of data and advanced analytics to help our customers make better, timelier decisions. Our innovative solutions enable organizations to manage risks like identity theft, fraud, money laundering and terrorism, and prevent financial crimes, and insurance and government benefit scams.

Recently, LexisNexis has established a car connectivity division to accelerate and communicate the company’s commitment to developing solutions that bridge the insurance and automotive manufacturing industries. The Connected Car team is working on delivering next-generation services utilizing on-board telematics data, new insights on vehicle build and ADAS effectiveness to harness the growing volume of cars now connected to the internet. This is because car manufacturers and car insurers alike want to know more about their customers to better serve them throughout the lifecycle of vehicle ownership and through life events that change a consumer’s needs.

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions and its sister company LexisNexis® Legal & Professional are part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. The group serves customers in more than 180 countries and has offices in about 40 countries. It employs approximately 30,000 people.

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Forum Virium Helsinki
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Forum Virium Helsinki

Forum Virium Helsinki (FVH) is a non-profit enterprise owned by the City of Helsinki and founded in 2006. As part of the City of Helsinki Group, FVH is an innovation unit playing a key role in developing and implementing the Smart City and Open City strategies of the City of Helsinki. Helsinki has been recognised as one of the top six smart cities in the Europe in the 2014 European Parliament study “Mapping the European Smart Cities”. Helsinki is among the ten fastest growing metropolitan areas in Europe. FVH implements the Helsinki smart city strategy in the new urban development projects, coordinating the development of the Kalasatama Smart City District and other initiatives.

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Infotripla Oy
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Infotripla Oy

Infotripla (est. 2001) is a Finish company providing solutions for better mobility. The cloud-based services are directed to transport professionals, service providers and end users. The main customers are cities, governmental agencies and companies providing infrastructure maintenance and information services.

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ATOS Spain SE
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ATOS Spain SE

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with pro forma annual revenue of circa € 12 billion and 100,000 employees in 72 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Cyber-security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defense, Financial Services, Health, Manufacturing, Media, Utilities, Public sector, Retail, Telecommunications, and Transportation. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. Atos Research & Innovation (ARI) is the R&D hub for emerging technologies and a key reference for the whole Atos group. With almost 30 years of experience in running Research, Development and Innovation projects, we have become a well-known player in the EU context. Our multidisciplinary and multicultural team has the skills to cover all the activities needed to run projects successfully, from scientific leadership to partnership coordination, from development of emerging technologies to the exploitation of project outcomes, with a strong focus on dissemination, innovation adoption and commercialization.

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Enabling Millions of EU Consumers to Benefit

  • The objective of smashHit is to assure trusted and secure sharing of data streams from both personal and industrial platforms, needed to build sectorial and cross-sectorial services, by establishing a Framework for processing of data owner consent and legal rules and effective contracting, as well as joint security and privacy preserving mechanisms.
  • SmashHit aims to overcome obstacles in the rapidly growing Data Economy which is characterised by heterogeneous technical designs and proprietary implementations, locking business opportunities due to the inconsistent consent and legal rules among different data-sharing platforms actors and operators.
  • SmashHit is formed by a consortium of nine organisations drawn from analytics, data security, car manufacturing, smart city infrastructure and academia working collaboratively to deliver the benefits of shared connectivity to millions of consumers.

A Vision, Strategy and Future Ready Framework

  • Diversity and inclusion are integral to SmashHit’s vision, strategy and business success. We recognize that leadership in today’s global marketplace requires that we create environments where the best and brightest diverse minds— employees with varied perspectives, skills, and experiences–work together to meet consumer demands. The collaboration of cultures, ideas, and different perspectives is an organizational asset and brings forth greater creativity and innovation. Consortium members
  • The framework will provide methods and tools, such as Smart Data Dispatcher, to assure common consent over data shared using semantic models of consent and legal rules.
  • The new tools include traceability of use of data, data fingerprinting and automatic contracting among the data owners, data providers, service providers and volumes on data streaming from the usage of mass products with cyber physical features (e.g. vehicles).
  • These data streams offer new opportunities to build innovative services, but their combination with other personal and industrial data is subject to complex ownership and consent aspects, as the data streaming from these products belong to persons or organizations who are owners or users of the products.