Research Projects

Research Projects

This article gives an overview over some of the most important research projects the IF takes part in / that are using IOTA’s technology.

ORCHESTRA: Coordinating and synchronising multimodal transport improving road, rail, water and air transport through increased automation and user involvement

Programme: EU Horizon 2020

Grants (IF): 249.125 €

ORCHESTRA is about the orchestration of traffic management in the emergence of connected and autonomous vehicles.

ORCHESTRA will leverage two particular strengths of the IOTA technology: the immutable and scalable ledger, and the decentralised identities. To achieve multimodal traffic management and orchestration, i.e. data needs to be shared seamlessly. A distributed ledger can be leveraged to move data across domains, from sea to road, to rail, to flight, affirming the data provenance, immutability and guaranteeing auditability.

Managing movements of people, particularly in times of COVID-19 and other emergency situations, requires efficiently rerouting them across different modes of transport and without facing the challenges and security risks of sharing their personal information across different transport systems. To address this issue, decentralised identities and credentials represent the best way to empower travellers with control over their data. Verifiable credentials also allow travel documents and permits (tickets) to be quickly re-issued to specific identities and verified by different transport operators and even machines without ad hoc integration of multiple ticketing systems.

Source: IOTA Foundation

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Future of Transportation Infrastructure: ORCHESTRA Consortium and IOTA – IF

Project Overview – EU Commission

TRADE: Trustworthy Autonomous Driving by Dezentralized Authentication and Authorization

Programme: KMU-Innovationsoffensive IKT

Together with its partners ETO GRUPPE and Technische Hochschule Ingolstadtfilancore is researching and developing a holistic vehicle-to-everything base layer to enable overarching, interoperable and secure interconnectivity of Automotive Cyber Systems (ACS) based on decentralized IOTA Identities. Through decentralized identity TRADE seeks to address major concerns and demonstrates a holistic cybersecurity approach for the first time, with

  • interoperability across a heterogeneous provider landscape,
  • data souvereignty and transfer between network boundaries, and
  • efficiency and scalability,

for an open, yet controlled ACS ecosystem.

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Distributed Ledger Technology for Automotive Cyber Systems – Medium

Project Overview – BMBF

Dig_it: A Human-centred Internet of Things Platform for the Sustainable Digital Mine of the Future

Programme: EU Horizon 2020

Grants (IF): 155.000 €

On May 19, 2020 the IF was awarded as one of the recipients of the Dig_it grant, a new collaborative project funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme. The goal of the project is to collect data from the mining industry using an Industrial Internet of Things Platform and transform it into knowledge and actions aimed at improving the health and safety of the workers of this industry as well as the industry impact on the environment.

Dig it
Source: IOTA Foundation

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IOTA joins Dig_it – IF

Project Overview – EU Commission

ENSURESEC: End-to-end Security of the Digital Single Market’s E-commerce and Delivery Service Ecosystem

Programme: EU Horizon 2020

Grants (IF): 441.250 €

The projects goal is to enhance citizens’ resilience to threats and their trust in e-commerce companies. These threads range from maliciously modifying web e‑commerce applications or rendering them unavailable to legitimate customers, to delivery issues or fraud committed by insiders or customers.

The IF will provide the technology (IOTA Tangle) and the expertise to build such an immutable decentralized audit trail infrastructure. IF will develop a number of interfaces to IOTA Streams that will make it easier to generate and share required log informations. ENSURESEC will leverage the IOTA Identities to guarantee the authenticity of information and of the connected physical assets and stakeholders.

Source: IOTA Foundation

The project consists of the following main modules:

  • Prevention by design
  • Detection by monitoring
  • Response and mitigation of threats and incidents
  • Recovery of compromised interfaces
  • Resilient-oriented situational awareness
  • Training of SMEs and their citizen clients

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Project Overview – EU Commission


Programme: EU Horizon 2020

Grants (IF): 440.437,50 €

+CityxChange is a smart city project, that has been granted funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme in the call for ‘Smart cities and communities.’ In the project the cities of Trondheim, Limerick, Alba Iulia, Písek, Sestao, Smolyan and Võru will experiment how to become leading cities integrating smart positive energy solutions. Through the use of digital services, the quality of life for and together with the citizens shall be improved, more energy produced than consumed, and experiences with cities across Europe exchanged to learn faster together.

The outcome of the project will be:

  • Decision support tools which enable informed decisions to be made by all stakeholders in the community
  • An approach to creating a Positive Energy Block through energy reduction and efficiency measures, local renewables, local storage, flexibility and peer-to-peer energy trading
  • Top-down community engagement driven by the local authority and bottom-up citizen engagement to inform, educate and drive behavioural change
Source: Positive CityxChange H2020

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Developers community update: IOTA & +CityxChange – IF

Project Overview – EU Commission

AI and DLT-based Predictive Maintenance System

Funded by: NEDO (New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization)

NEDO is Japan’s largest public management organization promoting r&d as well as the deployment of industrial, energy, and environmental technologies. The goal of the project is to develop technology to strengthen the security, longevity, and durability of critical infrastructure assets in Japan and abroad.

By adding artificial intelligence and the IOTA Tangle technology to Risk-Based Maintenance (RBM) Systems deployed in power plants, energy plants, industrial plants, petrochemicals, and oil refining plants, the group hopes to capture a large share of the domestic social infrastructure conservation market.

The project will develop a cloud-based SaaS software with the following capabilities:

  • A decentralized database using IOTA’s distributed ledger technology
  • Artificial intelligence system developed
  • Digitizing and sharing infrastructure data
Source: IOTA Foundation

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IOTA Joins Project Funded by Japanese National R&D agency NEDO to Build AI and DLT-based Predictive Maintenance System – IF

Christian Doppler Laboratory for DLT Research

Partners:  Institute for Information Systems Engineering (TU Wien), Pantos

On Nov 26, 2020 the IF announced their partnership with the new Christian Doppler Laboratory Blockchain Technologies for the Internet of Things (CDL-BOT). The CDL-BOT is a long-term research project expected to run for seven years.

For the IF, this project is suited to not only extend research on the IOTA Tangle and its applications in the Internet of Things itself, but also to look beyond the IOTA protocol to further the European DLT ecosystem. This requires novel mechanisms to enable DLT interoperability, ranging from cross-blockchain token transfers or atomic swaps to cross-blockchain smart contract invocations and interactions.

Source: Pantos

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IOTA, Pantos and TU Wien Announce Opening of Christian Doppler Laboratory for DLT Research – IF

ALFRIED: Automated and connected driving in logistics at the Friedrichshafen test site

Inner-city goods transport and factory traffic are a challenge for the complex traffic system. Often, these transports are perceived as a hindrance or even a danger for other road users. Improved traffic flow can increase traffic efficiency for the safety of all road users, reduce congestion and achieve positive environmental effects for affected residents. Automated and Connected Driving and Intelligent Transportation Systems provide solutions for this.


The goal of ALFRIED is the further development of the complex mobility system of the city of Friedrichshafen ( with a focus on infrastructure and smart city control center. As a medium-sized German center, Friedrichshafen offers an excellent field of application for a mobility concept that can be transferred to many cities and regions. Automated and Connected Driving, data integration, route optimization, disruption prediction as well as intelligent real-time information are to optimize inner-city goods journeys between plant locations in such a way that savings in journeys and / or the associated emissions are achieved and the inner-city traffic volume is relieved.

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Last Updated on 17. October 2021