SmarterUK Update | December 2017

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Last month saw the Chancellor announce an ambitious package for tech, including a number of positive announcements for SmarterUK focus areas, including new funding for trials across the rail network and for transport within cities. With further support for innovation in the Industrial Strategy whitepaper, including a commitment to the smart energy transition, it is clear that Government is committed to change, opening up opportunities for techUK members to help shape the future.

Looking to the new year we have two events for the diary. In January we will be holding a session with Ofgem's Innovation Link. Open to all members the workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about the programme and discuss how your company could benefit from the sandbox. In February we have a roundtable with the Future Power Systems Architecture team, where we will discuss how industry can work together to unlock innovation through the implementation of new system functions. Spaces are limited for both so get in touch now to avoid disappointment!

Throughout December we have very much been in planning mode. If you have any views or thoughts on smart infrastructure, smart cities, smart energy or smart transport issues we should be working on next year now is the time to get in touch.

And finally, this will be my last newsletter for SmarterUK. I will shortly be joining the Smart Meter Implementation Programme within Government (BEIS) to continue work on smart energy innovation. We have been recruiting for two people to take on the SmarterUK remit and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce Jessica Russell who will be taking over responsibility for the Smart Transport and Smart Cites & Communities workstreams. We are still recruiting for a replacement for Smart Energy and the IoT; more details here. It has been a pleasure working with many of you over the past 2 years, and I am sure I will see many of you in my new role. I wish you all the success for the future, and a happy holidays.

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