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Secure Connected Trustable Things: Kick-off of the EU Project SCOTT

[Translate to English:] Projektstart am 22. Mai 2017 (v.l.n.r.): Dr. Jost Bernasch, Geschäftsführer VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center; Dr. Werner Rom, SCOTT Projektkoordinator VIRTUAL VEHICLE Research Center; DI Peter Priller, ITS Research and Technology AVL List; Dr. Bernhard Giptner, SIEMENS Mobility GmbH; Univ.-Prof. Dr. Harald Kainz, Rektor TU Graz

SCOTT, a pan-European, €40-million research project led by VIRTUAL VEHICLE with 57 key partners from 12 countries (incl. Brazil), focuses on building trust in the “Internet of Things” (IoT). The project will provide comprehensive, cost-efficient solutions for wireless, end-to-end secure, trustable connectivity, with a focus on applications in intelligent, integrated mobility forroad, rail and air, as well as building technology, smart homes and infrastructure, and even health. The project will reinforce Europe’s leading position in the field of Smart and Connected Things and strengthen Europe’s independence in the area of security-enabling components and systems.

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The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is one of the major enablers of the digital transformation trend Europe is currently experiencing, and this trend is spreading fast: devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items that feature embedded electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity are becoming connected via the internet, thereby enabling such objects to collect and exchange data. Recent studies estimate that around 20 billion devices will be connected to the IoT by the year 2020 (Source: Gartner).

SCOTT - Secure COnnected Trustable Things

One essential challenge that must be met in order to realize the full potential of the IoT is to build trust in wireless solutions and increase their social acceptance. But how can we meet this challenge?
SCOTT will focus on “trustable things that communicate securely”, including vehicles, control systems and other things, which are interconnected via dependable wireless technology and are vigilant about safeguarding the end-users' privacy. SCOTT will enable the secure, efficient connectivity of intelligent embedded systems, thereby making a valuable contribution to the effort to foster the trustability and social acceptance of cutting-edge applications in the fields of automated driving, Industry 4.0, and others.

The building of user trust will be a decisive competitive advantage for technologies, products and service in the future IoT market. However, trust goes far beyond purely technical considerations. Thus, SCOTT will also involve experts from the human and social sciences to increase the social acceptance of SCOTT solutions for the IoT.

To meet a challenge of this magnitude, this ambitious European R&D project has assembled a group of 57 industry and research partners from 11 European countries and Brazil, all under the leadership of VIRTUAL VEHICLE. SCOTT brings together the key players from several industrial and user domains, including building and home / smart infrastructure, automotive, aeronautics, rail, and healthcare, in order to achieve comprehensive, cross-domain synergies.

The economic impact

SCOTT will generate new market opportunities for the European industry, significantly reduce time to market, and decrease the cost of trustable wireless solutions on the market.

Ultimately, SCOTT will foster European leadership in the field of Smart and Connected Things (including the Internet of Things) and strengthen Europe’s independence in the area of security-enabling components and systems.

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Project coordinator: VIRTUAL VEHICLE, Dr. Werner Rom
Project start: May 2017
Duration: 38 months
Total volume: 39 Mio. EUR
Number of project partners: 57
Number of countries involved: 12