Adaptant Labs

Adaptant Labs is the research and development arm of the Adaptant Group and is the primary vehicle for knowledge dissemination, technology transfer, and intellectual property realization.

Its mission is to facilitate and drive cross-cutting open innovation and research in privacy-preserving technologies across a diverse range of applications while driving the continued evolution of Adaptant’s Products, Solutions, and Services.

In addition to internal R&D and Joint Innovation initiatives, Adaptant Labs participates in funded Research and Innovation (R&I) projects within Germany, the European Union, and internationally. Adaptant Labs is currently involved in fundamental and applied research in the areas of Cloud/Fog/Mobile Edge Computing, the Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data, Privacy & Security, Personal Information Management Systems (PIMS), and the future (next generation) internet.

Core Competencies

Policy Analysis and Inputs

Adaptant is an active member of a number of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) and contractual Public-Private Partnerships (cPPPs) across a range of technology areas, and a regular contributor to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agendas (SRIAs) that intersect with our areas of interest. Adaptant is furthermore a regular participant in EC Public Consultations, Policy Workshops, and related events, with a focus on privacy, data ownership/usage/liability, IoT, and the data economy. Where relevant, Adaptant also proactively contributes policy inputs to countries outside of the EU looking to evolve their own privacy laws.

Market Analysis and Business Model Innovation

While many look at the GDPR and supporting legislation as a compliance burden, we consider this a pivotal point in evolving innovative, inclusive, and privacy-preserving business models that directly engage the data subject/data controller in value co-creation, further facilitating the right to individual informational self-determination and ultimately turning privacy-preservation and compliance into a source of competitive advantage for European industry. Beyond the opportunities presented by the GDPR in enabling the Digital Single Market (DSM) in the EU, Adaptant also closely monitors and contributes to emerging policy in countries aiming to follow the GDPR’s lead, allowing us to contribute differentiated longer-term growth-focused commercial exploitation and go-to-market strategies that continue to respect privacy.

Multi-National IPR Management

With IP holding companies in both Germany and the United States, Adaptant is uniquely positioned to develop and manage multi-national IPR strategies for project consortia, increasing the amount of realisable IP from projects while helping growth-oriented SMEs with a focus on commercial exploitation compete on a level playing field with larger multi-national organisations.


We believe that standardization and increased interoperability will be key to realizing the advantages of IoT and the data economy. Adaptant aims to maintain a steady outlook of the standards landscape in its areas of activity, leverage standards for processes and system design wherever possible, and proactively contribute back to both existing and emerging (pre-normative) standards wherever gaps or opportunities are identified. Within the area of personal data usage control, Adaptant is one of the founding members of the CEN Workshop 84 on a ‘Self-Sovereign Identifier(s) for Personal Data Ownership and Usage Control’ (CEN WS ISÆN).

Open Source Focused System Integration & Software Engineering

Adaptant employees have contributed thousands of changes to prominent Open Source projects, such as the Linux kernel. With strong expertise in the Open Source community, we appreciate the value of component reuse and of knowing when to extend or to start over. As Open Source contributors, we understand the importance of giving back to the community and the need for community-focused development methodologies to facilitate the acceptance of project results during and beyond the project lifecycle. As a member of the Open Invention Network (OIN), we are also committed to the non-assertion of patents against Open Source components, providing a basis for unique commercial exploitation strategies that are both Open Source and IPR friendly.

Privacy by Design / Data Ethics by Design

While Adaptant has extensive experience at considering privacy aspects at all stages of the product design lifecycle in line with the requirements set out by PbD methodologies (and the GDPR), we also believe that with the shift towards AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics, PbD principles on their own are insufficient for addressing the legal/ethical tensions arising from the use of data, particularly in the area of autonomous decision-making. To this extent, we also suggest going beyond PbD and promote the inclusion of Data Ethics by Design into the design process, facilitating ethical decision making across the entire data lifecycle.

Horizon 2020 Programme

The Europe 2020 strategy is aimed at securing Europe’s global economic competitiveness for the current decade. Horizon 2020, a financial instrument of this initiative, is the largest EU Research and Innovation programme to date, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 – 2020).

Its funding has three main Euro-centric priorities:

  • to produce excellent science
  • to promote industrial leadership
  • to tackle societal challenges.

Horizon 2020 funding is open to everyone and supportive of collaborations both within the EU and globally.

At Adaptant Labs we are currently involved in the following Horizon 2020 projects and are open to collaborations for the upcoming calls.

Ongoing Projects

ICT-06-2016: Cloud Computing
RestAssured: Secure Data Processing in the Cloud

Got a proposal idea?

Think we might be able to support you on or add value to an existing proposal?

While we always have a few proposals under development at any given time, we are always interested in hearing about new proposal ideas where we might be able to add value, or rough concepts we can help shape into something more. Let us know how we can help!