PolicyNew £24m Internet of Things research hub announced

New £24m Internet of Things research hub announced

A new Internet of Things (IoT) research hub has been unveiled to drive innovation in the UK.

A new Internet of Things (IoT) research hub has been unveiled to drive innovation in the UK.

The project is part of IoTUK, an integrated £40m, three-year, Government programme that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

The interdisciplinary PETRAS IoT Hub is made up of nine leading UK universities and is set to explore areas such as:

  • Privacy and trust
  • Safety and security
  • Harnessing economic value
  • Standards, governance and policy
  • Adoption and acceptability

Each theme has both a technical and a social science lead. The multidisciplinary nature of the PETRA IoT Hub’s work will enable research that aims to cause a step change in the way IoT systems are conceived, designed and implemented. Across these themes, projects sharing core technologies will be linked in cross-cutting “constellations”:

  • Infrastructure
  • Health and care
  • Control systems and supply chains
  • Ambient environments
  • Identification
  • Transport and mobility
  • Design and behaviour

Innovations will be created hand-in-hand with those who will use them, connecting cutting edge science and engineering, through social sciences to concrete action. By doing so, it will create the necessary solid foundations for technological innovations that are socially beneficial.

 

UK will be ‘world leader’ in IoT

Evidenced based policymaking in the UK will be supported by the outputs of the PETRAS IoT Hub. Hub members aim to influence standards that facilitate interoperability and opening to new market entrants and inform policy options that are responsive to technological change whilst balancing potential benefits and harms.

Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said: “UK universities are renowned for their creativity, and pioneering research and development. We want the UK to be a world leader in the adoption of Internet of Things technologies, and I know that bringing these universities together with partners from the UK’s thriving tech industry will be instrumental in making this a reality.”

The nine universities that make up the hub are: University College London, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, Lancaster University, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Related Articles

Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Data and security Regulation for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

3y Jay Ashar
Regulatory proposal on mandatory IoT security label

Digital infrastructure Regulatory proposal on mandatory IoT security label

3y Jay Ashar
Tough new measures to ensure the UK's online safety

Policy Tough new measures to ensure the UK's online safety

3y Jay Ashar
Half of English council spending goes to a handful of suppliers, risking another Carillion-sized failure

Policy Half of English council spending goes to a handful of suppliers, risking another Carillion-sized failure

4y Amy Mason
Blueprint for government modernisation calls for 'Lego block approach'

Digital Transformation Blueprint for government modernisation calls for 'Lego block approach'

4y Austin Clark
CRM can help local authorities avoid costly FOI sanctions

Cyber Security CRM can help local authorities avoid costly FOI sanctions

4y Guest Writer
Voter ID trials ‘unnecessary and overbearing’

Policy Voter ID trials ‘unnecessary and overbearing’

4y Austin Clark
NHS Digital publishes guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing

Cloud Computing NHS Digital publishes guidance on data off-shoring and cloud computing

5y Austin Clark