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£4m to be made available for Internet of Things Convergence

The Technology Strategy Board has announced a £4m competition on the Internet of Things, opening on October 11th, with a briefing day on 19th October.

For full details of this competition, please read and download the scoping document.

In the first instance, the Technology Strategy Board have allocated up to £500,000 to fund four-month preparatory studies that will answer five convergence scenario questions, shown below.  They will award contracts of up to £50k to cover the total costs of developing detailed answers to these.

  1. what are the Internet of Things converged scenarios (including across application domains and sectors) in which the applicant (and/or its partners) would see the most benefits, and what is actually preventing that from happening?
  2. what are the applications and services that could be developed in such scenarios, with particular emphasis on analysing use cases, business models and costs versus benefits?
  3. what are the actual challenges faced by the organisations involved in the study in increasing, making easier and harmonising access to data from ‘things’ and how could they be overcome?
  4. how could application and service developers be enabled to innovate and scale up deployment and take-up?
  5. what demonstration facilities would help to realistically experiment with ways of addressing the issues, and help experiment with these scenarios?

One of the aims of the competition and the follow-on convergence demonstrator is to bring together relevant initiatives, pilots, test beds, and demonstrators both publicly funded (for example, by the Technology Strategy Board, the research councils, or EU funded R&D) and privately funded.  Owners and participants in these initiatives are invited to consider getting involved in these preparatory studies.

Organisations interested in applying are strongly advised to join the dedicated _connect group at /web/internet-of-things-convergence where further information about this competition will be posted.

Key dates: 

Optional briefing 19 October 2011

Deadline for registration 9 November 2011 noon

Deadline for receipt of applications 16 November 2011 noon

Successful candidates informed 14 December 2011

Project start 1 March 2012

Compulsory one-day kick-off workshop 7 March 2012

Compulsory two-day half-way workshop 2-3 May 2012

Compulsory one-day open workshop at end of project 27 June 2012

Project close and deadline for delivery of report 29 June 2012 noon

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