During the Budget in March, chancellor George Osborne revealed a plan to create “cities of the future” with a £740m pot for broadband enhancements, the Internet of Things (IoT) and more.Describing IoT, which secured a £40m investment, he said: “This is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical devices to household appliances.” In July, the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Innovate UK introduced a £10m fund to bring businesses and local authorities together for collaboration on IoT projects that can support residents. With developments continuing, the latest has arrived in the form of IoTUK, which is billed as a “national programme designed to amplify the UK’s Internet of Things (IoT) capability”. The Digital Catapult and Future Cities Catapult will oversee the three-year programme, which is out to evolve leadership in the sector and increase the adoption of the tech among businesses and the public sector.
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