Madrid, April 2023

TII SSRC and eProsima use case

The Technology Innovation Institute’s (TII) Secure Systems Research Center (SSRC) commissioned the project to eProsima with the aim of enabling the Center’s strategic goal of driving ROS2 - an open-source robotics system for drones. The project was implemented to enhance the security of autonomous aircraft by introducing security plumbing inside ROS2 and Fast DDS, by bringing the security feature PKCS #11 to ROS 2 through Fast DDS.

PKCS #11 is a cryptographic token interface standard which specifies an API, called “Cryptoki”. With this API, applications can address cryptographic devices as tokens and can perform cryptographic functions as implemented by these tokens. 

SSRC wanted this feature to be added to SROS 2, known as ROS 2 Security, a package of ROS 2 (the Robot Operating System) that provides the tools and instructions to use ROS 2 on top of DDS-Security. eProsima provided support for PKCS #11 in SROS 2 and Fast DDS, and the feature was approved by the SROS2 members to be included in ROS 2. 

Once the PKCS #11 feature was ready, eProsima also helped SSRC in the development, testing and integration of the PKCS #11 in SROS 2 in order to deliver a functional demo.

Drone flying



Technology Innovation Institute (TII) is the dedicated applied research pillar of Abu Dhabi’s Advanced Technology Research Council (ATRC). TII is a pioneering global research and development center that focuses on applied research and new-age technology capabilities. The Institute has 10 dedicated research centers in advanced materials, autonomous robotics, cryptography, digital science, directed energy, quantum, secure systems, propulsion and space, biotechnology, and renewable and sustainable energy. By working with exceptional talent, universities, research institutions and industry partners from all over the world, the Institute connects an intellectual community and contributes to building an R&D ecosystem that reinforces the status of Abu Dhabi and the UAE as a global hub for innovation. 

For more information, visit www.tii.ae



The Secure Systems Research Center – one of the seven research centers at the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in Abu Dhabi – is a global center of excellence in the development of end-to-end security and resilience to protect cyber-physical and autonomous systems.   

Our innovations aim to reduce security vulnerabilities and threats in a global community dependent on billions of physical and digital points of contact.  

For more information, visit https://securesystems.tii.ae/



eProsima focuses on networking middleware with special attention to the OMG (Object Management Group) standard called Data Distribution Service (DDS) for real-time systems. With products like Fast DDS, Micro XRCE-DDS, or Vulcanexus, eProsima offers middleware solutions for ROS 2, autonomous driving, microcontrollers, or cloud communication.



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