EU Horizon 2020 InSecTT (Intelligent, Secure, Trustable Things) project is a Pan-European research project, which will bring together AI and IoT.
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Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence

In recent years, technological development in consumer electronics and industrial applications has developed rapidly. More and smaller networked devices are able to collect and process data anywhere. Internet of Things (IoT) brings a revolutionary change for sectors like healthcare, building, automotive and many other. Together with this change, data becomes more available, richer and bigger. At the same time, there is a rapid development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, ready to process the data. It would seem to be natural to merge them together, but recent hacks of millions of webcams, printers, children’s toys and even vacuum cleaners as well as Distributed Denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks reduce confidence in this technology. In addition, users are challenged to understand and trust their increasingly complex and smart devices, sometimes resulting in mistrust, usage hesitation and even rejection.

To summarize, the key issues addressed by the project are:

AI is currently mostly used in centralized cloud servers and its industrial/embedded adoption is still rather low
 AI algorithms are increasingly used in consumer electronics like smartphones for face recognition, object detection and tracking
 However, these systems are constrained of power, performance and costs, and have privacy issues
 AI algorithms like deep learning are extremely computing intensive
 Wireless systems are in general considered less trustworthy and secure → benefits of flexibility cannot be used in many industrial applications
 Leading AI companies are in the US and China, while Europe is strong in embedded systems and industry (e.g., automotive, avionics)

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AI + IoT = AIoT

Creating trust and increasing social acceptance towards intelligent systems is one of the major challenges in unleashing the full potential of the Internet of Things. InSecTT aims at creating trust in AI-based intelligent systems and solutions. This will serve as a main step in bringing the IoT and AI together, enabling their evolution into Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT). The AIoT will be the natural progress for both AI and IoT because they are mutually beneficial. AI increases the value of the IoT by transforming the data into useful information, while the IoT increases the value of AI through connectivity and data exchange.


Intelligent Secure and Trustable Things

Project Objectives

InSecTT stands for Intelligent, Secure, Trustable Things applied in industrial solutions for the European industry throughout the whole Supply Chain. More precisely:

  1. Providing intelligent processing of data applications and communication characteristics to enable real-time and safety-critical industrial applications
  2. Developing industrial-grade secure, safe and reliable solutions that can cope with cyberattacks and difficult network conditions
  3. Providing measures to increase trust for user acceptance, make AI/Machine Learning explainable and give the user control over AI functionality
  4. Developing solutions for Internet of Things
  5. Providing re-usable solutions across industrial domains
  6. Methodological approach with the Integral Supply Chain
  7. Focus on robustness and ethics, ensuring that developed systems are resilient, secure and reliable, while prioritising the principles of explainability.

Project Targeted Domains

InSecTT aims to provide cross-domain solutions for 9 industrial domains: Health, Smart Infrastructure, Urban Public Transport, Aeronautics, Automotive, Railway, Manufacturing, Maritime, and Building. The cross-domain aspect is not only realized by bringing in components to different domains, but also by interconnecting the domains in a truly cross-domain communication. This can be seen e.g. in use cases on airports or ports, where information from buildings, vehicles and planes needs to be exchanged with each other.

The project features a big variety of industry-driven use cases, such as:
◼  Wireless Platooning communications based on AI-enhanced 5G
 Cybersecurity in Manufacturing
 Intelligent Safety and Security of Public Transport
 Secure Industrial Communications System
 Intelligent Transportation and built environment for Smart Cities

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InSecTT will open up new market opportunities for the European industry, will significantly reduce time to market and decrease costs for reliable AIoT solutions on the market, in particular by using new designs and technical building blocks. InSecTT will significantly help the European union to achieve the full potential of the “Artificial Intelligence of Things”.

It will establish the EU as the center of intelligent, secure and trustworthy systems for industrial applications that is backed by a strong reputation and an informed society. This way we will be able to create products and services based on AI that are compliant to European values and “Made in Europe”.

Project Consortium

InSecTT is a pan-European project with 52 key partners from 12 countries (EU and Turkey). With a budget of over 40 million Euro distributed over 3 years, it is Europe’s largest joint effort on Artificial Intelligence of Things.

  • ABB AB
  • VTT
  • Vemco
  • UPM
  • Universtity of Twente
  • UCC
  • TU Delft
  • STMicroelectronics
  • Silicon Austria Labs SAL
  • SETA
  • RISE
  • Real Time Embedded
  • Politechnika Gdanska
  • Philips
  • Philips
  • NXP NL
  • NuRD Yazilim A.S.
  • MGEP
  • Marmara University
  • Liebherr
  • Leonardo
  • LCM 2
  • KTH
  • KLAS Telecom
  • Kaitotek
  • JKU
  • JIG
  • ISEP
  • Institut Jozef Stefan
  • Indra
  • IDEMIA Identity Security France
  • F Secure
  • Eurotech
  • Consorzio interuniversitario Nazionale per lInformatica
  • CISC
  • CEA
  • AVL
  • Akeoplus
  • Aeroporto die Puglia
  • Acciona

InSecTT has received funding from the ECSEL Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement No 876038. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Austria, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Ireland, Finland, Slovenia, Poland, Netherlands, Turkey.


Project duration: 01/06/2020 – 01/06/2023​

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