Safety and security

Our nuclear research began back in 1948 when the first nuclear reactor was built. Ever since, we have carried out research based on the reactor facilities at Kjeller and in Halden. In this work we have tested “best practice” for safe operation. We have implemented new routines and developed advanced sensor technology including technology that predicts the need for maintenance before it happens and provides data that extends the knowledge base and provides basis for further research.

High quality control rooms are a necessity for handling large amounts of data in order to handle crises, but also to avoid unwanted situations. Our technology and in-depth knowledge of the factors that affect people in critical situations is quite unique in Norway. Our virtual control room customizes technical installations and physical situations as needed and enables us to test people’s ability to handle pressure, make well informed choices and act as intended and according to established guidelines.

Due to this profound and long-lasting experience IFE has contributed to make nuclear reactors safer globally. This has also become a sought-after product in other sectors than it was originally designed for. Control rooms and control systems of today are built based on our technology and knowledge ranging from aviation to rail transport.

Safety in industrial production

In addition to the handling of chemicals and undertaking of physical experiments, IFE also produces small scale prototypes that enable innovation and the introduction of new products. Contributions to the development of new batteries, the optimization of solar cells and the production of radioactive drugs are examples. The product innovation as well as our specialized research requires both physical security and cyber security.

IFE offers a leading team of researchers specialized in industrial cyber security. We have the models and tools needed to simulate attacks on the process industry, industrial power generation and other automated value creation.

In addition to having laboratories and equipment, we work closely with the leading players in the world on mapping and sorting potential threats. This enables us to tailor an “attack” to specific industrial facilities based on their and our partners’ risk and threat mapping. We adapt processes to ensure that the necessary risk reduction measures are taken proactively, and not after an unwanted incident.