What is SCOTT?

SCOTT is an European Research project for SECURE CONNECTED TRUSTABLE THINGS.

Wouldn’t it be great if all the electronic gadgets we use in our everyday life could be just as trusted as your family and friends?

Especially if these “things” connect via the Internet. Think of wearables used in healthcare and smart living, think of your smart home appliances, or connected cars, or all the machines  collaborating in a modern production facility (talk industry 4.0). They are all part of “The Internet of Things” (IoT), which revolutionizes our everyday life, one of the most important drivers of digital transformation.

Vincent van Gogh said: “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” That is a pretty good picture for the IoT, with a lot of small things coming together, eventually causing big changes to our private and business lives. For that to happen, things need to get connected. And wireless connectivity is often the best way for seamless and easy communication.

But is it secure? Can you trust it? Recent studies estimate that around 26 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by the year 2020. In 2017, 375 million devices were potentially vulnerable, which will grow to more than 900 million by 2020 and attacks increased 280%.


To realize the full potential of IoT we need to build trust in wireless solutions and increase their social acceptance. SCOTT will enhance security, privacy and safety of the underlying technologies.

SCOTT is an ambitious R&D project of 57 industry and research partners from 11 European countries, plus Brazil. SCOTT brings together key players from several industrial and user domains including building, automotive, aeronautics, rail and healthcare, strengthening Europe’s position in the emerging world of IoT.

Building user trust will be a real competitive advantage for technologies, products and services in the IoT market. SCOTT involves technology, human and social sciences, and will build ‚trustable things that securely communicate‘, interconnected by dependable wireless technology, which do care about the end-users‘ privacy desires.

SCOTT builds trust in the Internet of Things, helping to unfold the full potential of the Internet of Things for the benefit of Europe’s Industry, SMEs and Startups.