IoTUK, a national programme created to advance the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) capability, has been launched by Digital Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult. The programme is being supported by £40 million of government funding.
The three year programme aims to improve the UK’s global leadership in the IoT and encourage the use of IoT technologies and services across the business and public sector.
It will reportedly be a key factor in driving IoT entrepreneurship and will work with organisations in fields such as industrial applications, cities and health.
Making the most of ‘smart technology’
The new programme aims to enable UK businesses and the public sector to “make advances in creating their IoT capability”, particularly in areas including “security and trust, data interoperability, investment justification and design development”.
Neil Crockett, CEO, the Digital Catapult said: “We are at a pivotal point in the evolution of the Internet of Things and the UK needs to be ready to maximise the incredible potential of smart technology.
“But this is not about talking fridges. This is about systematic operability, artificial intelligence, machine automation and about how devices can and will change business models and supply chains. The societal impact from improving city infrastructure through to making IoT healthcare a reality is huge, and the UK needs to be at the cusp of these things to stay ahead.”
‘Leader and not just a consumer’
According to an IoTUK blog post, the programme will increase the effect of the Government’s IoT investment programme by managing the organisations which will be chosen to deliver the “recently announced public funding”. The selected organisations will consist of “a city demonstrator, a research hub focussed on security and trust, a hardware accelerator, as well as a healthcare test bed”.
Led by Innovate UK, Digital Economy Unit (in DCMS), NHS England and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), these competitions are on-going.
Crocket tsaid: “We have the academics, industry and consumer demand to make use of IoT in everyday life a reality, not a pipedream. But there are challenges to overcome, and it is our responsibility, as part of IoTUK, to help support and work with our growing IoT sector to ensure that the UK is a leader and not just a consumer.
“We are proud to be part of the future of IoT and are excited to play a key role in the future of UK society.”
Over the coming months, IoTUK will host a number of workshops and events across the UK and has launched a number of ways for organisations in the IoT sector to get involved.
To keep up to date with the latest IoT news in the UK, you can follow @IoTUKNews on Twitter.
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