Internet of Things May Newsletter

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    Tuesday21May 2019

    DCMS's Consultation on Regulatory Proposals | London Tech Week | Connected Home Report Launch

Over the last month, a number of important policy developments have emerged that could have profound consequences for the UK’s IoT ecosystem and techUK has played an integral role in stimulating engagement between industry, government and wider society. 

Most notably, techUK has been engaging with diverse array of industry members in order to respond to DCMS’s Consultation on regulatory proposals on consumer IoT privacy and online security before 5 June. Based on our member engagement, we will now be circulating techUK’s response, which will be made available to members for further comment and feedback over the coming weeks. 

If you are interested in this area and would like to express your views on the government’s proposals to help us build a more prosperous IoT ecosystem in the UK, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly.

In the meantime, we have London Tech Week on the horizon- a fantastic opportunity for members to learn more about the emerging and transformative IoT applications that are changing the world around us. This is in addition to the wide array of events, insights, training and funding opportunities available to our members which can be found in this newsletter. 


Trends & Opportunities in local government tech 

Key insights from techUK’s latest growing the local govtech market briefing. This is strongly related to the work that techUK does to stimulate the take up, adoption and deployment of IoT devices. For more information, please click here.

Microsoft and SK Telecom join forces on IoT enabling technologies

Microsoft and SK Telecom have signed an MoU to collaborate on AI, 5G, and cloud - key enabling technologies in the field of IoT. For more information, please click here.

Topaz embraces IoT with BHGE’s VitalyX lubricant monitoring system

Particularly of note to those techUK members with an interest in digital twin systems, Topaz Energy and Marine, a leading offshore marine logistics company, has signed a long-term agreement with Baker Hughes to collaborate on deploying a new lubricant condition monitoring system, VitalyX, which serves to enhance the maintenance and upkeep of Topaz’s fleet of vessels and, ultimately, help increase total field time for vessels. For more information, please click here.

Edge Computing is on the rise in IoT deployments and is expected to show solid growth over the coming year

Enthusiasm for the opportunities presented by the edge computing model, where data can be analysed and filtered at the edge of IoT networks, is growing. Indeed, a recent report published Strategy Analytics highlights how edge computing could dramatically alter IoT benefits, challenges, products, vendor landscapes associated with across different IoT markets and vertical industries. For more information, please click here.

Securing IoT in the quantum age

MIT researchers have developed a novel chip that can compute complex quantum-proof encryption schemes efficiently enough to protect low-power IoT devices. The innovation is the first of its kind to meet standards for lattice-based cryptography set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that finds and writes regulations for today’s encryption schemes. For more information, please click here.

Funding Opportunities

Immersive technology investment accelerator

UK businesses doing R&D in immersive technology can apply for a share of up to £2 million grant funding alongside private equity investment. The grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 3 July 2019. For more information please click here.

Smart local energy systems funding competition

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £30 million to develop clean, cheap local energy systems that create prosperous, resilient UK communities. This funding is from the ISCF’s Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 7 August 2019. For more information please click here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations with significant potential for impact on the UK economy. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 24 July 2019. For more information please click here.


The aim of the project is to enlarge the ACTIVAGE ecosystem with mature deployment sites (cities, regions), providing IoT based services to their citizens, replicating ACTIVAGE reference use cases and demonstrate the interoperability capabilities of ACTIVAGE’s Aiote's framework.

Competition closes: Friday, 21 June 2019. For more information please click here.


Advanced technology to support research: innovation and economic growth in the UK

Date: Monday 20 May 
Time: 11:00–12:30 
Venue: 5–6 St Matthew Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 2JT 

A roundtable hosted by Reform and led by Chris Skidmore MP, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, to discuss the opportunities for advanced technology in the UK. Formore information and to register please click here. 

Cyber Security in the Energy Sector

Date: Wednesday, 22 May 
Time: 10:00-12:00
Venue: 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Join us for a joint techUK/EnergyUK event that will explore the key cyber security challenges facing the UK energy sector and examine the impact of the NIS Directive one year after implementation. For more information and to register please click here.

Standards for Dummies: why standards matter for tech

Date: Thursday, 23 May 
Time: 14:00-16:00 
Venue: techUK,10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

This workshop seeks to demystify the standards process, show it isn't that complicated and demonstrate how standards involvement can generate real competitive advantages for businesses. For more information and to register please click here.

CogX- The Festival of AI and emerging technology

Date: 10–12 June 
Time: 09:00-18:00
Venue: King’s Cross, London

Across 12 stages, CogX 2019 will deliver 400 hours of content and explore a huge range of topics from the rise of digital beings and effective computing to how other emerging technologies such as DNA gene editing, autonomous transportation, blockchain, IoT, VR and AR are reshaping the way we move, learn and work. But don't wait to secure your tickets- techUK members are eligible for discount codes. To take advantage of this, please email

techUK Annual Dinner 2019

The techUK Annual Dinner will be taking place on Wednesday 10 July at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. The techUK Annual Dinner is the must-attend business dinner in our calendar attracting over 500 guests, including more than 120 senior Government and civil service leaders. The evening will begin with a drinks reception, allowing ample networking opportunities, followed by a fabulous dinner and speeches from the country's leading technology stakeholders. This year’s keynote will be delivered by Jeremy Wright QC, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, while our after dinner speaker will be Channel 4’s Cathy Newman. For more information and to register please click here.

State of the Connected Home 2019 Report Launch

Date: Wednesday, 26 June
Time: 14:00-18:00
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD

Join us for the launch of our annual report, which will be is looking at the current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, GfK, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. The research covers knowledge and understanding of categories and ownership of connected home products and services and main barriers to adoption. For more information and to register please click here.

Sooner Than You Think London

Join Bloomberg’s flagship tech event, Sooner Than You Think, on 11-12 June in London. C-Level speakers include Deliveroo, McLaren Racing, Formula E, Starling Bank, Motorsport Games and many more. techUK members can get 20 per cent off using the code TECHUK20. For more information and to register please click here.

techUK's London Tech Week Activities

techUK is proud to once again be a strategic partner for London Tech Week. Join us in uniting tech and talent in a world-class hub of innovation. For more information please click here.

R&D tax funding case study - Amber Capewell

Another one of many success stories from MSC R&D’s customers, click here to listen.

The techUK podcast - Remaining at the forefront of the AI revolution

This month’s podcast focuses on the growing opportunities and benefits of AI and the next steps needed to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution. For more information please click here.


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31 May - Negotiating with IT Purchasing
31 May - Winning with DOS
06 June - Executive Strategy and Policy Development
11 June - An Introduction to the NHS and technology

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