Software Security of AGV Solution (Eindhoven)

Category:                            Internship
Education level:                  BSc/ MSc Computer Science or related study

Context
Prodrive technologies is a developer and manufacturer of world-class electronics. It comprises over 900 employees and is one of the fastest growing companies in Europe. Our organization is based on two groups: Development and Operations. The Development department is oriented at developing first-rate electronic, mechanic and software solutions. The operations department is responsible for production, assembly, testing and life-cycle-management of electronic products and systems in the range of 1 to more than a million pieces per year.

Currently, Prodrive is developing AGVs to support factory logistic automation. AGVs are vehicles which autonomously transport goods (e.g. boxes with materials). AGVs are used within a production and warehouse environment for logistic purposes (i.e. goods flow). Since multiple of these AGVs should be working together, Prodrive is working on a Fleet Management System (FMS). The FMS is responsible for; distributing the jobs over the available AGVs, showing the customers what the AGVs are doing, and managing properties of the environment and AGVs.

Assignment
The AGV solution has certain requirements for its security, e.g. it should not be possible to eavesdrop the communication between the AGVs and the FMS. You, as a student will be responsible for the software security of the AGV solution. This includes all the communication between AGVs and FMS as well as the AGV and FMS filesystems.

Deliverables

  • Pre-study document (literature study) of possible security issues and solutions.
  • Implementation of chosen solutions.
  • Tests to verify the implementation.

Organization
There are only few companies in the world of technology which stand out. Prodrive Technologies is one of them. Our company was founded in 1993 by technical professionals from the Eindhoven University of Technology. Since then every year has shown a steep growth rate due to a very successful business concept in a relatively young organization (average age 28 years). Currently the total Prodrive Technologies organization consists of 900 highly skilled employees (770 FTE), who are motivated, focused and result oriented of which more than 400 engineers work in development.

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