Akhela is a large Italian company with strong competencies and a powerful infrastructure for the development and supply of customized solutions and high quality services in two main business areas: IT services and Embedded Systems. In IT market, Akhela is focused on services and solutions for IT systems and their consolidation and performance optimization. Target customers are medium and large organisations, for which security and business continuity represent a fundamental requirement. Akhela manages the production supervision system and the information systems of one of the most important high conversion supersites in Europe, namely the Saras Refinery, located in Sarroch (Sardinia region, Italy). As a result of this activity, Akhela has developed a wealth of methodologies, competencies, experiences, procedures and systems for the supervision of mission-critical environments and services. Akhela’s proven success in managing Saras and other high profile companies systems and infrastructures witnesses its ability to successfully respond to stressful and challenging requirements coming from critical situations, highly complex environments and strict schedules. The Embedded Division main markets are automotive, avionics, industrial, consumer electronics, TLC and silicon founders. For these markets Akhela programs the most demanding real time System-On-Chip Applications, with the contribution of a motivated team and in-house experts. The ownership of intellectual property rights allows Akhela’s partners to benefit from highly customisable and off the- shelf, ready-to-port codes.

Competencies: Akhela is preeminent on the security market covering the various segments of the sector. In fact Akhela experience and know-how cover physical security systems design, deployment and management (with specific regards to highly critical plants), as well as logical security services. Akhela has developed solutions in many security areas from Datacenters to industrial SCADA subsystems, from closed area protection to access control, and from IT infrastructure logical protection to application security enforcement. Akhela participates in the European project AGATA (INTERREG IIIB), DISC (Distributed Supervisory Control, FP7) TouchMore (FP7) Astute (Artemis) p+n Safecer (Artemis) Demanes (Artemis) and in several Italian (MIUR/MAP funding) research projects: FILIDIERA (e-collaboration platform), DIAGDIS (Distributed Computing Systems Diagnostics).

Main tasks: Akhela, thanks to its experience in the security market managing framework contract with large enterprises as a customer, will be deeply involved mainly but not exclusively in the identification of the requirement of the system considering current trends of the attacks and in the definition of the different scenario that will be used as a demo of the framework and all the related activities. Furthermore some months will be spent for studying the problem related to the perimeter protection and an important task will be to drive the exploitation plan and the standardisation activities.