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SOFIE - Secure Open Federation for Internet Everywhere

Research project aimed at developing an open, secure and decentralised federation of blockchain-based IoT platforms, enabling data and information to be utilised in new ways.

Approach & Solution



Impressive quantities of data are generated by IoT technology. The real revolution consists in being able to bring together data generated by different devices, sensors and platforms to enrich the information generated and improve support for decision-making.
SOFIE has this very aim: to develop an open, decentralised and scalable IoT architecture that will make many IoT platforms accessible in a single federation, by creating an “adapter” and leveraging blockchain-enabled interconnections.

Three pilot projects will be testing the solution in food, video games and energy industries. At Engineering, we will be working on the third of these, contributing to optimum network control using blockchain.


We will create an administratively decentralised federation of IoT platforms for business use in which data is not merely integrated; instead, it will remain inside the corresponding IoT platforms, but will be usable by different applications while maintaining high standards of security and privacy: SOFIE will ensure end-to-end security as well as key management, authorisation, accountability and inspection functionality by leveraging blockchain technology.

We are also participating in standardisation activities and adopting open standards and existing interfaces and components, such as FIWARE, W3C Web of Things (WoT) and oneM2M.

The project has received co-funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme - Contract No.779984


Integrity and easier reporting on data and transactions

Data management compliant with GDPR and others

High confidentiality and privacy on data and transactions

Support for smart contracts

Project value

Cost cutting

Enabling Technologies


Project Team

Research & Innovation