STFC Hartree Centre launches £50,000 competition for UK SMEs

David Moss, Advanced Technologies Solutions manager,
Hartree Centre

The STFC Hartree Centre has launched a £50,000 (€70,000) competition for UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) to win ‘Proof of Principle’ vouchers to help them unlock the business opportunities offered by the Internet of Things (IoT).

Part of the STFC Daresbury Laboratory, and located within the UK’s Sci-Tech Daresbury science and innovation campus, the Hartree Centre aims to drive growth and innovation between science and industry using intense computing. The competition is building on the Hartree’s transformation of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory into an IoT ‘living lab’ – one that is instrumented, interconnected and intelligent.

The Hartree team is committed to accelerating progress in this game-changing field and has now launched this competition for SMEs to secure expert support for their own IoT projects. SMEs each have the chance to win vouchers worth up to £25,000 to exploit this emerging area of technology.

Speaking about the competition, David Moss, Advanced Technologies Solutions manager at the Hartree Centre, said: “Embracing hardware, software, system architectures, sensing and signalling technologies, data storage and analytics, social media exploitation and an intuitive visualisation portal, this ground-breaking demonstrator, developed here at Hartree, offers clear evidence of how the centre’s capabilities can benefit all types of organisation. This new competition offers the perfect conditions for  SME’s to use their own expertise in collaboration with the Hartree Centre, to provide new opportunities for working with UK businesses.”

The core concept behind the IoT is this: to use sensing and internet technologies to incorporate all kinds of devices, objects and systems into networks that collect, exchange, analyse and exploit data – providing the platform for informed decisions and practical actions that enhance efficiency, improve productivity, boost business growth and benefit peoples’ lives.

The IoT is one of the fastest moving, most enthralling fields in technology today. Collecting, exchanging, analysing and exploiting data through networks incorporating all kinds of sensor- and internet-enabled devices and objects, it offers huge potential to boost business – and not just for companies harnessing the technologies but for those supplying them too, and the Hartree Centre is at the forefront of this field.

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