The initiative will drive experimentation and innovation in areas such as healthcare, traffic and transport services, energy and environmental sensing
High Tech Bristol and Bath CIC (HBB), Sensor City Liverpool and Cambridge Wireless are among the organisations that have been selected to spearhead the roll out of low power wide area networks (LPWAN) across the UK.
In total, six winners have been named by Digital Catapult to deliver the IoTUK Boost programme, a government funded initiative to help lead the development of IoT enabled services and applications for UK SMEs and entrepreneurs.
The others are AB Open, Advanced Digital Innovation (UK) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre. The companies have been tasked with building experimentation testbeds for businesses and entrepreneurs to develop Internet of Things (IoT) products and services.
IoTUK Boost was established to tackle barriers to entry into the IoT marketplace across the country. The initiative will look to drive experimentation and innovation in areas including healthcare, traffic and transport services, energy management and environmental sensing.
“The Internet of Things stands to benefit a great number of people as well as the wider economy. Due to the strong interest shown so far in this initiative, we have doubled the amount of funding available to give more entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their products,” said Matt Hancock, minister of state for digital and culture.
“Boost will help to provide local infrastructure and support for promising IoT businesses to innovate and bring exciting new IoT products and services to market”.
As part of IoTUK Boost, each partner will hold meet ups, open calls and training workshops to stimulate engagement with the test network for a minimum of six months. Partners will each aim to work with at least 10 SMEs or entrepreneurs, to help them to bring early stage IoT products and services to a commercial prototype stage, or early market release.
The selected partners are:
Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre, accelerates the adoption and application of high performance computing, data science, big data analytics and cognitive techniques in industry.
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