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IoTAC (Security By Design IoT Development and Certificate Framework with Front-end Access Control) is an EU-funded H2020 research and innovation project in the call topic “SU-ICT-02-2020 – Building blocks for resilience in evolving ICT systems”, (ID: 952684); comprising of 13 partners from 7 countries across industry, academia and the research fora.

IoTAC introduces multiple innovations to the ISO/IEC CD 30141 IoT Reference Architecture, as the proposed solution is based on

  • a new access control mechanism;
  • integrates new security modules and procedures;
  • and eventually defines a set of security requirements, a security framework and its evaluation platforms

which can assure high level protection to IoT architectures and services.

IoTAC project aims to deliver a novel, secure and privacy-friendly IoT architecture that will facilitate the development and operation of more resilient IoT service environments through (i) monitoring and evaluation of applications security throughout the broader software development lifecycle; (ii) the introduction of an advanced access control mechanism based on new interactions and workflow using chip card and PKI technology; (iii) the runtime monitoring of the system as well as provisioning of security countermeasures that are implemented both at hardware- and at software-level and (iv) associated platforms which will provide security certification of the produced applications and system, based on international security standards, best practices and the research results of the project.

The results will be demonstrated with four IoT use case implementations – automotive, airborne, smart home and smart industry.

The overall work will be performed in three major phases, continuously advancing the TRL level of the planned system.

Project Facts

Start date:



36 months



EU Contribution:

€ 5 million


Atos Hungary Ltd.


Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever. It will lead to more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market. Almost €80 billion1 of funding was available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private and national public investment that this money attracted. Horizon 2020 is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness. Horizon 2020 helps to realize this strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth by coupling research to innovation and focusing on three key areas: excellent science, industrial leadership and societal challenges. The goal is to ensure Europe produces world-class science and technology that drives economic growth.

Horizon 2020 provides grants to research and innovation projects through open and competitive calls for proposals. Legal entities from any country are eligible to submit project proposals to these calls. Participation from outside the European Union is explicitly encouraged. Participants from European Union member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020 are automatically funded.

According to the proposal of the Commission, Horizon 2020 will be succeeded by the planned ambitious €100 billion research and innovation programme Horizon Europe.  The European Parliament and the Council of the EU reached in March and April 2019 a provisional agreement on Horizon Europe. The European Parliament endorsed the provisional agreement on 17 April 2019.