International Research

Mandat International is actively supporting international research projects, including as coordinator and research partner in areas such as:

  • ICT research: Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, IPv6, 5G, etc.
  • Sustainable Development: smart cities, smart water management, environmental impact studies, etc.
  • Privacy and data protection: GDPR, cybersecurity, data protection impact assessment, etc.
  • Data analytics and data spaces: data interoperability, open APIs, open science, etc.
  • Research infrastructures: testbed federation, testbed as a service, conformance, interop and performance tests, etc.

Discover some of our past and recent research projects

Our support and contribution to research projects

Our multidisciplinary team of researchers can support projects with a comprehensive set of expertise, including:

  • Data protection and regulatory compliance with European regulations (GDPR, NIS, ePrivacy, AIA, MDR, etc.) and international norms. It also brings expertise in data protection impact assessment and privacy by design technology development.
  • Open Science, data management and curation, including FAIR and Open Science principles in line with the UNESCO declaration principles for open science. We provide our own CKAN open data servers infrastructure connected to EOSC, and we are used to lead Data Management Plans.
  • Citizen science, co-creation and privacy-by-design end-user validation with innovative cocreation methodologies and tools to engage with end-users in a fully privacy by design manner.
  • Sustainable development, SDG and impact assessment with specialized methodologies. Thanks to its special consultative status to the UN, our foundation can serve as an interface between projects and the international agenda for sustainable development.
  • Standardization: Our team is actively engaged in international standardization with experience at ITU, ISO, IEC, ETSI, OGC, IETF, IEEE, W3C and TM Forum. We have served as Rapporteur at the ITU on research and emerging technologies and have led the development of several new international standards. We are used to coordinate and lead standardization strategies for research projects.
  • International outreach and communication: Our team is used in leading outreach and communication for research projects, including through international conferences such as IoT Week, Digital Around the World, Global IoT Summit, and Privacy Symposium, for which we play a central role in the organizing. We can also leverage our role in various international fora and our consultative status to the UN to disseminate research results globally. We also support the plans for dissemination, communication, standardization, and exploitation.
  • Internet of Things and multi-protocol interoperability: Our team has strong expertise in IoT multi-protocol integration, with over 50 IoT standards and communication protocols.

Research Projects

Here is a sample of some of research projects:
Slices SC - logo

SLICES-SC aims at building a community of researchers and industry interested in accessing a European research infrastructure for ICT. Mandat International is in charge of the data protection and standardization strategy.

Slices DS - logo
SLICES-DS aims at providing a complete design study for SLICES, a Europe-wide test-platform designed to support large-scale, experimental research on digital infrastructures.

NAIADES - logo
NAIADES aims at supporting the digitization of water sector by providing a holistic solution for the control and management of water ecosystems by municipalities. Mandat International has led the communication strategy and the development of the IAM4SDG methodology to assess the impact of project on the UN SDGs.

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Fed4FIRE+ developed the largest federation worldwide of Next Generation Internet (NGI) testbeds. Mandat International has led the interoperability and standardization strategy of Fed4FIRE+.

GATEKEEPER aims at connecting healthcare providers, businesses, entrepreneurs, elderly citizens and their communities, in order to originate an open, trust-based arena for matching ideas, technologies, user needs and processes, aimed at ensuring healthier independent lives for the ageing populations. Mandat International supported the data protection policy of the project.

PLATOON - logo

PLATOON leverages on artificial intelligence to optimize smart grid and energy distribution in complex environments of prosumers. Mandat International led the legal and ethical compliance, as well as the standardization activities.

IoT Lab - logo
IoT Lab was coordinated by Mandat International. It researched and developed a platform exploring the potential of testbed federation with crowdsourcing and Internet of Things for multidisciplinary pervasive research and validation with more end-user interactions.

SynchroniCity - logo

SynchroniCity is the European large-scale pilot on IoT for smart cities that brought together European and international cities, such as Milan, Helsinki, Manchester, Porto, Eindhoven, Santander, Bordeaux, Carouge. It developed a reference architecture for smart city deployments. Mandat International led the data protection policy and the standardization of the open API at the ITU. It led also integration with the Urban Platform of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC).

U4IoT - logo
U4IoT was in charge of supporting end-user engagement in the European large-scale pilots on IoT, in domains such as smart cities, smart agriculture, health, industry and smart transportation. Mandat International led the development of privacy by design crowdsourcing tools and methodology to support co-creation and end-user validation of the deployed solutions.

IoT6 - logo

IoT6 aimed at exploiting the potential of IPv6 and related standards for the future Internet of Things, researches, designs and developed a highly scalable IPv6-based Service-Oriented Architecture to achieve interoperability, mobility, cloud computing integration with Software as a Service (SaaS) and intelligence distribution among heterogeneous smart things components, applications and services. IoT6 project was coordinated by Mandat International.

F-Interop - logo
The F-Interop project aimed at researching, developing and supporting online testing tools for emerging standards and technologies of the Internet of Things, facilitating remote interoperability, conformance and performance tests. Mandat International acted as scientific coordinator of the project.

CREATE-IoT - logo
CREATE-IoT aimed to stimulate collaboration between IoT initiatives, foster the take up of IoT in Europe and support the development and growth of IoT ecosystems based on open technologies and platforms.

SAINT - logo
SAINT provided a clear set of methodologies, regulatory recommendations, behaviour protocols, business model, guidelines and best practices to all relevant stakeholders including policy makers, regulators, governmental authorities, law enforcement agencies, investors and relevant market operators.


ANASTACIA researched and developed a holistic security framework using artificial intelligence to secure IoT deployments and all phases of the ICT Systems Development Life cycle. Mandat International led the development of the Dynamic Security and Privacy Seal.

5G!Pagoda - logo

5G!Pagoda (with partners such as Orange and KDDI) brought together European and Japanese industries and researchers to develop a framework for dynamic network slicing management and orchestration in 5G and future cellular networks. Mandat International led the extension of the network slicing to IoT at the edge, the standardization and the market analysis.

5G-DRIVE - logo
5G-DRIVE was in charge of researching connected-vehicles technology and validating interoperability between EU and China 5G networks operating at 3.5 GHz bands for enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) and 3.5 & 5.9 GHz bands for V2X scenarios. Mandat International supervised personal data protection and coordinated the standardization activities.


EXCITING aimed at supporting the creation of favourable conditions for research cooperation between the European and Chinese research and innovation ecosystems with a focus on Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G.

Privacy Flag - logo

Privacy Flag researched innovative approach to support and certify personal data protection compliance with the European General Data Protection Regulation.

NGIoT - logo
NGIoT was in charge of supporting the European Commission in developing and defining its upcoming research programme on IoT, edge and cloud computing for Horizon Europe (2021-2028).

IoT Lab

IoT Lab is an international collaborative lab born in the European research community as a not-for-profit organization with the support of Mandat International. Its three main ambitions are:

  1. To support international cooperation in the research domain by developing a joint research infrastructure enabling researchers from diverse organizations to work together.
  2. To support the development of an international research infrastructure in Europe and beyond.
  3. To support research and technology transfer to international standardisation, the UN and the industry.

IoT Lab aims to bridge the gap between the research community and the society and industry needs. It gives access to state-of-the-art expertise and solutions to solve industry and public administrations challenges. IoT Lab’s solutions focus mainly on city and industrial challenges and aim at maximizing economic efficiency and return of investment by leveraging on the latest technologies, and by ensuring interoperability, scalability, security and privacy.

IoT Lab is also a key partner of the SLICES European research infrastructure with remote access to over 40 testbeds and research infrastructures.

Find more about IoT Lab at

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