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A new IoT Research Hub has been announced in the UK which could boost demand for IoT specialists in Britain.

Part of IoT UK, the project is an integrated £40 million, three-year, Government programme which seeks to drive forward research in the IoT and advance the UK’s global leadership increasing the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector. Part of the funding for the Hub includes a £9.8 million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The Research Hub will consist of a consortium of nine leading universities; UCL with Imperial College London, University of Oxford, University of Warwick, Lancaster University, University of Southampton, University of Surrey, University of Edinburgh and Cardiff University.

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and Communications and Creative industries who confirmed the news 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”

Designed to help create and deliver real-world impact, the research will focus on the challenges associated with the IoT including the various interactions, policy and governance and behaviours between people and IoT systems.

The initial projects include large scale experiments at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; the cybersecurity of low power body sensors and implants; understanding how individuals and companies can increase IoT security through better day-to-day practices; and ensuring that connected smart meters are not a threat to home security.

Time will tell whether the project will deliver a long term boost to demand for IoT skills in the UK, but Hub Director and Vice-Dean of UCL Engineering, Professor Jeremy Watson, certainly thinks it will: “We will maximize the economic and societal opportunities of the Internet of Things by removing barriers to adoption.”

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