UK government puts up £10m in IoT competition for smart city apps

Wed, 2015-07-15 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) intends to invest up to £10 million in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things (IoT) in an urban area.

The competition -- delivered by Innovate UK on behalf of DCMS -- is part of a wider £40 million government investment in IoT announced earlier this year.

"The Internet of Things is rapidly becoming part of our everyday lives," Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said in a press release. "The UK technology sector is renowned for its creativity and pioneering research and development. This competition will be instrumental in discovering new connections between city services and their users, and identifying many more advantages that the Internet of Things could offer."

Local authority must be involved
To be eligible for the competition, projects must be collaborative and led by a local authority or local enterprise partnership (or an equivalent body outside England). Projects should involve at least one local authority, one local enterprise partnership and several businesses.

In addition to involving IoT, projects must also include:

  • Specific benefits for citizens, the city region and the environment
  • Economic benefits for businesses and local authorities, both during and after the initial trial
  • Appropriate security and privacy features

Entries must also be able to work across a variety of sectors, for example social care, transport and housing.

Register by Sept. 23
Deadline for registration is at noon on Sept. 23, 2015. Deadline for applications at noon on Sept. 30, 2015. Further information is available on the Innovate UK website.

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