The Internet of Things (IoT) brings opportunities to create new services and products, reducing costs for societies, and changing how services are sold and consumed. A critical obstacle to further IoT innovation is the “vertical silos” that shape today's IoT landscape. These silos impede the creation of cross-industry, cross-platform and cross-organisational services due to their lack of interoperability and openness.
bIoTope lays the foundation for creating open innovation ecosystems by providing a platform that enables companies to easily create new IoT systems and to rapidly harness available information using advanced Systems-of-Systems (SoS) capabilities for Connected Smart Objects – with minimal investment.


The key objectives of the bIoTope project include the following:

  • Provide the necessary standardised Open APIs to enable interoperability between today’s vertical IoT silos
  • Enable new forms of co-creation of services ranging from simple data collection and processing, to intelligent, situation aware and self-adaptive support of everyday work and life
  • Establish a robust IoT framework for security, privacy & trust that facilitates the responsible access and ownership of data
  • Develop large-scale pilots in smart cities to provide proofs-of-concept of bIoTope enabled SoS ecosystems
  • Maintain, grow and sustain the socio-technical and business models of bIoTope ecosystems by establishing a governance roadmap for ecosystem evolution

The project started January 2016 and will continued its research and development work through December 2018.

Standards for IoT and Technology Innovations

bIoTope technologies enable the publication, consumption and composition of heterogeneous information sources and services from across multiple systems (OpenIoT, FIWARE, city dashboards…). Full advantage is taken of recent IoT standards, notably the O-MI (Open Messaging Interface) and O-DF (Open Data Format) standards , while an “Everything as a Service” design enables rapid development of new IoT systems and reduced development costs.

Benefits for IoT Companies and Projects

The bIoTope platform enables IoT product and service providers to quickly develop and deploy IoT solutions utilising diverse information sources, which are easily integrated to compose more advanced and higher value solutions without substantial development costs. The project will use an open call process to involve IoT companies that want to be the first to exploit these time-to-market and development cost advantages.

Large Scale Pilots

A dozen smart city pilots will be deployed in three major European cities of Brussels, Lyon and Helsinki, along with a further pilot in the city of St Petersburg, Russia. Two categories of pilots will be used to validate the effectiveness of the bIoTope Systems-of-Systems platform for IoT:

  • Domain-specific pilots – ensure industrial impact through the well-established customer networks of bIoTope partners addressing electric car charging stations, self-managing buildings and equipment, smart air quality and others.
  • Cross-domain smart city pilots – provide concrete proofs-of-concept of IoT system composition and interoperability scenarios in smart city environments including smart metering, shared electric vehicles, smart lighting, hyper-local weather data, smart priority lanes for bikes and many more.

The bIoTope project receives funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 688203. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the position of the European Commission and the European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.