The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the major enablers of the digital transformation trend Europe currently is facing. It represents the vision that every object and location in the physical world can become part of the Internet. The McKinsey Global Institute underpins the status of IoT as a game changer: “IoT will change the bases of competition and drive new business models for user and supplier companies.”[1]

The IoT will enable – and in some cases force – new business models for companies that use IoT systems in their operations, while creating new lines of business for technology companies. As a result, Europe is also facing a digitalization of business processes. While consumer products increasingly use cloud services and wireless connections, industry applications are hindered by the fear of malign consequences.

Physical parts of the IoT such as sensors/actuators and wired communication are generally well developed and established. However, wireless solutions – although having major benefits for usage, such as increased flexibility, mobile applications, weight reduction, adaptability for changes etc. – are not yet fully accepted. They are still regarded untrustworthy, in particular when it comes to application areas where security and privacy are required.


Creating trust in wireless solutions and increasing their social acceptance is thus one of the major challenges to bring out the full potential of the Internet of Things

SCOTT – Secure Connected Trustable Things will provide comprehensive cost-efficient solutions of wireless, end-to-end secure, trustworthy connectivity and interoperability to bridge the last mile to market implementation. SCOTT will not deal with just ‚things that are connected‘, but ‚trustable things that are connected‘, i.e. things interconnected by dependable wireless technology and valuing the end-users‘ privacy rules.

SCOTT bundles the European key players from several industrial domains including building and home / smart infrastructure, automotive, aeronautics, rail, and health to make full potential of cross-domain synergies and to strengthen Europe’s position in the emerging technology field of secure IoT.

SCOTT aims to extend the Internet of Things:

  • for wirelessly connected

  • smart sensors and actuators

  • to be used in building & home / smart infrastructure, mobility, health domains (see Figure)

  • ensuring safety and security, privacy and trustability

Key solutions in SCOTT will be developed:

  • by using an eco-system with re-usable building blocks

  • targeting higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRL 6-7)

  • aiming at strengthening European leadership and market opportunities.