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July saw a flurry of policy announcements ahead of the summer holidays. The Business Secretary gave a timely update on the status of the Industrial Strategy. Also published was the interim report of the Industrial Digitisation Review, led by Siemen's Juergen Maier.
Ofgem and Government published their Smart Systems and Flexibility plan setting out the principles of how we manage the transition to a resilient, cost effective and low carbon energy future. Battery storage will form a key part of this smarter energy future and the publication was accompanied by the announcement of the Faraday Challenge. Setting out the first phase of a £246M investment into battery technology including a Battery Institute competition to establish a centre for battery research.
Finally the next phase in Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Funding is open, which for the first time will accept proposals from off-road vehicles (such as agricultural equipment). Innovate are holding a briefing session on the 23 August for those interested in finding out more.
Meanwhile in the US a new bill looking at security and the IoT was announced in Congress. The Bill would require any IoT-enabled devices sold to Government to be patchable, not have any known security vulnerabilities, and permit users to change their default passwords. Whilst the Bill is narrow in its application to Government purchases, it marks a major step forward for IoT devices which to date have been almost entirely unregulated. Discussions around security in an IoT world are already underway across the UK and Europe, with a suite of regulatory and non-regulatory interventions being weighed up. techUK is heavily involved in these discussions and will be establishing a joint IoT and Cyber Security Council Working Group to take positions forward. The first meeting is due to take place on the 5 September.