Internet of Things July Newsletter | IoT Sphere | IoT Markets

July was another fascinating month in the IoT world, with a multitude of new developments and opportunities emerging around the UK. You can start here by finding out about more opportunities for funding, training sessions and IoT-related events. In the meantime, if you would like any information about key trends emerging in the IoT sphere, or have further questions regarding the work that techUK is doing to promote IoT markets, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me directly.


techUK launches Cloud 2020 and Beyond report 

Cloud computing and IoT markets have become very closely affiliated in recent years, presenting multiple opportunities to drive the scalability and performance of smart solutions. Last week, techUK launched its Cloud 2020 and Beyond report during Cloud Week, which identifies where action is needed beyond 2020 to drive greater cloud adoption and ensure UK organisations are cloud-ready for the next wave of the digital evolution. Key issues that are raised in the report are: system interoperability, connectivity and data portability; public sector adoption of cloud; regulatory and legal frameworks underpinning cloud; trust and security of cloud, and; efficiency and environmental implications of cloud. For more information please click here.

Scottish Government releases plans to create an IoT marketplace for the public sector

The Scottish Government has issued a contract notice alerting the market to the imminent launch of the DPS, which will run on an initial two-year term until 18 August 2021. Whilst the notice states that “due to the wide and diverse nature of IoT, it isn’t possible to list all the types of technologies and services” to be included in the final framework, the Scottish Government has picked out a range of core offerings it expects to feature. These includes hardware end points, such as sensors, network infrastructure, and all related installation services. For more information please click here. 

ICO launches a new consultation on the data sharing code of practice

Steve Wood, ICO’s deputy commissioner for policy, said: “Data sharing brings many benefits to organisations and individuals, but it needs to be done in compliance with data protection law. Our draft data-sharing code gives practical advice and guidance on how to share data safely and fairly, and we are encouraging organisations to send us their comments before we launch the final code in the autumn.” For more information please click here. 

Bidding opens on £1.6bn Digital Outcomes and Specialists 4 framework

The fourth iteration of DOS comes with an estimated worth of £1.57bn – a rise of more than a quarter on the £1.2bn value attached to its predecessor. Suppliers wishing to bid for a spot on one or more lots have until 17:00 on 15 August to make their submissions. Successful bidders are due to be notified on 19 September, ahead of a scheduled start date of Tuesday 1 October. The outgoing framework is due to expire on the Friday beforehand. The new contract will run for an initial term of 12 months, with an optional one-year extension. For more information please click here. 

EU invests €50 million to create network of AI Excellence Centres

Investment plans released which aim to enhance cooperation with the industry and foster an ecosystem of research and development resources, as well as, expertise and infrastructure in areas such as supercomputing, robotics equipment and Internet of Things. For more information please click here. 

Funding Opportunities

Partner with Singapore on disruptive projects: apply for funding

A share of £1 million is available for partnerships between the UK and Singapore which develop disruptive and game-changing innovations in a variety of fields. The funding is available through Innovate UK and the EUREKA Network. For more information please click here. 

Innovate UK Smart Grants: July 2019

Opportunity to apply for a share of up to £25 million to deliver ambitious or disruptive R&D innovations that can make a significant impact on the UK economy.

Competition closes: Wednesday, 16 October 2019 12:00. For more information and to register please click here.

Accelerating the building of housing using geospatial intelligence: SBRI competition

Organisations can apply for a share of £250,000, including VAT, to investigate how technology can be used to monitor developments of all sizes and types.

Registration closes: Wednesday, 21 August 2019 12:00. For more information and to apply please click here. 

New Innovation Lab launched by Innovate UK

Innovate UK launched a funding competition, which aims to stimulate the development of responsible data sharing methods. The initial application phases will run from 1 July 2019 – 4 September 2019 (12:00) with up to £1.5 million available per project. For more information please click here. 

Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50

The Deloitte UK Technology Fast 50 is one of the UK's leading technology awards programmes. Now in its twenty-second successful year, it is an acknowledgement of the 50 fastest-growing technology companies in the UK. The ranking is based on revenue growth over the last four years. Nominate your company today and join the likes of Deliveroo, Bloom & Wild and as a Technology Fast 50 winner. If you have any questions, email the Deloitte Fast 50 team or call 02394 003 153. For more information please click here. 


Developing IoT Tech in the 5G Era: Talks by Huawei, Telit and Sierra Wireless

Date: Thursday, 25 July
Time: 18:15–21:30
Venue: Cocoon Global, 4 Christopher Street, London, EC2A 2BS

Guest talks by some of the world’s foremost players in IoT manufacturing, products, software and machine-to-machine communications. For more information and to register please click here. 

National Digital Twin Day

Date: Monday, 09 September
Time: 09:30–17:30 
Venue: Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, SW1P 3AA

The National Digital Twin Day will shine a light on how digital twin thinking can drive more value from data, maximise infrastructure performance and deliver better outcomes for society. For more information and to register please click here. 

The Digital World: IoT

Date: 20 September 2019
Time: 09:00–18:00 
Venue: Royal College of Pathologists (Events at No6), 6 Alie Stree, London, E1 8QT

This event explores what is happening next in IoT. You’ll hear the latest thinking from leaders and thinkers in industry and government, from Agri-Tech to 5G and connected vehicles. For more information and to register please click here. 

Smart Home Summit

Date: 22–23 October 2019
Time: 08:30–18:00 
Venue: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N1 0QH

Discover the future of smart, connected living and leverage innovative technologies to deliver connected and secure homes. For more information and to register please click here. 

The year 2029 - Circular Economy, IOT and meeting recycling targets

Date: Tuesday, 30 July
Time: 18:15–21:15
Venue: First Mile, Screenworks, 22 Highbury Grove, London, N5 2ER

Find out more about how IoT solutions can be implemented to facilitate the adoption of cirucilar economy principles in the UK. For more information and to register please click here. 


17 Sept - Getting it Right with Open Source Software Licensing
19 Sept - Cloud Contracting Masterclass
26 Sept - Precision Networking
03 Oct - Guide to Artificial Intelligence - For the Business User
29 Oct - Negotiating Business

  • Tom Henderson

    Tom Henderson

    Programme Manager | Smart Cities and IoT
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