Future Cities issues £50,000 IoT open call to SMEs

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Winning SMEs will receive up to £10,000 each to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London

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Future Cities Catapult's Urban Innovation Centre in London
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£50,000 of funding for SMEs which can solve urban challenges

The project further positions the UK as a leader in connectivity

Deadline for applications is midday on 12 January 2017

 

Future Cities Catapult, the Government supported UK centre of excellence in urban innovation, has announced £50,000 of funding for UK SMEs to solve urban challenges in London, using the Internet of Things (IoT) platform, Things Connected.

 

Unveiled in September 2016, Things Connected is an innovation support programme intended to ensure London is open and ready to innovate with IoT, and is a collaboration between Future Cities Catapult, Digital Catapult, BT, Everynet, Beecham Research, AllThingsTalk, BRE, Imperial College London, King’s College London, UCL and Queen Mary University of London.

 

As the capital’s population continues to grow at twice the rate of the rest of the UK, Future Cities Catapult said it wants to empower digital startups and SMEs to embrace the opportunities of IoT, while addressing challenges around sustainability, urban mobility, connecting communities, healthy cities and urban planning.

 

“We’re very excited to be launching the Things Connected Open Call to support UK SMEs and start-ups, and further position the UK as a world leader in connectivity,” said Peter Madden, chief executive officer, Future Cities Catapult.

 

He added: “Here at Future Cities Catapult we actively engage high-growth businesses to drive innovation for urban development. If you think you can use the Internet of Things to solve the challenges that cities face, such as air quality or road safety, then I encourage you to take part in our open call”

 

The winning SMEs will receive up to £10,000 each to develop and demonstrate connected devices in London using the Things Connected low-power long range wide area network (LoRaWAN). With the UK’s IoT marketplace current worth £13.3bn – and expected to rise to £20bn by 2018, the free-to-use network provides huge opportunities for entrepreneurs and developers to test and trial new ideas that can then be rolled out on commercial networks.

 

The deadline for applications is midday on 12 January 2017 and Future Cities Catapult will hold an open clinic and networking event for those interested in finding out more and meeting potential collaborators on 9 December 2016. To find out more visit

futurecities.catapult.org.uk/opportunity/things-connected/.

 

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