About the BUTLER Project

Quick Facts

  • Project Title: uBiquitous, secUre inTernet-of-things with Location and contEx-awaReness
  • Project Number and Type: 287901 – Integrated Project
  • Start Date: 1st October 2011
  • Duration: 37 months
  • Total cost: €14.9M
  • EC requested funding: €9.7M (funding rate of 65%)
  • Keywords: smart security pervasive context awareness


The consortium involve 17 partners from 8 countries, with a Strong Industry participation (6 academic institutions and 11 companies).

The project is coordinated by inno

See the full list of BULTER members on our Consortium Page.

The BUTLER project has set up an External Member Group to support specific thematics

Project presentation

Recent ICT advances are bringing to reality a world where sensors, actuators and smart portable devices are interconnected into an Internet-of-Things (IoT) ecosystem reaching 50 Billion devices by 2015.

The IoT major challenges are, from a systemic viewpoint, smart resource management and digital security; and from a user/service perspective, the pervasiveness (uniformity of performance anytime and anywhere) and awareness (inversely proportional to the degree of knowledge required from users).

BUTLER will be the first European project to emphasise pervasiveness, context-awareness and security for IoT. Through a consortium of leading Industrial, Corporate R&D and Academic partners with extensive and complementary know-how, BUTLER will integrate current and develop new technologies to form a “bundle” of applications, platform features and services that will bring IoT to life.

For this purpose, BUTLER will focus on:

  • Improving/creating enabling technologies to implement a well-defined vision of secure, pervasive and context-aware IoT, where links are inherently secure (from PHY to APP layers) applications cut across different scenarios (Home, Office, Transportation, Health, etc.), and the network reactions to users are adjusted to their needs (learned and monitored in real time).

  • Integrating/developing a new flexible smartDevice-centric network architecture where platforms (devices) function according to three well-defined categories: smartObject (sensors, actuators, gateways), smartMobile (user’s personal device) and smartServers (providers of contents and services), interconnected over IPv6.

  • Building a series of field trials, which progressively integrate and enhance state-of-the-art technologies to showcase BUTLER’s secure, pervasive and context-aware vision of IoT.

In addition to these R&D innovations, BUTLER and its External Members Group will also aggregate and lead the European effort in the standardisation and exploitation of IoT technologies.

BUTLER’s concept is to develop a natively secure, pervasive, energy-efficient and optimized context-aware opened architecture, by bundling and integrating IoT technologies and services to transparently learn and infer the behaviours and needs of users, acting on their behalf of and protecting them so as to improve their quality-of-life.

BUTLER aims to design and demonstrate the first prototype of a comprehensive, pervasive and effective Context-Aware information system, which will operate transparently and seamlessly across various scenarios towards a unified smart urban environment.

BUTLER will focus on five different vertical domains: Smart Transport, Smart Health, Smart Shopping, Smart Home and Smart City.

3 challenges are addressed by the BUTLER project:

  • CHALLENGE 1: Personalized and Dynamic Demands: How to handle large and dynamically varying demands for personalized services, goods and information with vast heterogeneity of context?

  • CHALLENGE 2: Transparency, Privacy and Security in Heterogeneous Systems: how to maintaining transparency to end-users while ensuring the privacy of users and security of information in such heterogeneous environments, which in turn calls for universal mechanisms to provide secrecy over communication channels at lower layers such as the network and physical layers?

  • CHALLENGE 3: Collective Behaviour Modelling to Maximize Efficiency: How to optimize the impact that ICT systems have in influencing human behaviour towards best practices?