Government-backed IOT Programme Launches

A programme to explore and expand the IoT in the UK has been launched and backed with £40m government funding.

Launched by the Digital Catapult and The Future Cities Catapult, the programme, known as the IOTUK, is designed to enable IoT entrepreneurship by providing support to businesses and public sector organisations.

The programme will target those who are looking to explore the capabilities of the IoT in areas such as security and trust, as well as investment justification and design and development.

CEO of Digital Catapult, Neil Crockett, said: "This is about the combination of interoperability, AI and machine automation to create a game changer to the business models of every sector in the economy. The societal impact - from managing city infrastructure through to the delivery of our health and social services - will be huge.

"To stay ahead, the UK needs to be at the cusp of driving and gaining a new competitive edge from the fundamental technological changes that will happen in the next five years."

IoTUK has planned out workshops and events across the UK and issued a call for real-world case studies, participants for a series of local innovation workshops and applicants for an IoT showcase.

Crockett added: "We have the academics, industry, talent and consumer demand to be IoT leaders, but there are challenges to overcome to realise this. From sharper research to more effective test beds for ideas and the unearthing of new systems for issues such as cyber security and the explosion of personal data, IoTUK is focused on addressing these and other gaps to help support and work with our growing IoT sector."

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