Innovation centre launches Internet of Things accelerator programme

‘This is an exciting opportunity for a small business with innovative IoT concepts’ – Mark Begbie. Picture: Angus Forbes.

Up to eight Scottish companies are being offered the opportunity to embrace the next industrial revolution through a new initiative called IoT Explorer, launched today by CENSIS, the Scottish innovation centre for sensor and imaging systems.

It will provide up to 20 days’ support, over several months, from its engineering and project management teams. Successful applicants will also receive access to facilities at Glasgow’s Tontine incubator, entry to CENSIS’s programme of Internet of Things (IoT) workshops, and assistance in developing an investor pitch.

Product and service ideas are being invited on a range of subjects, including smart cities, precision agriculture, energy efficiency, building monitoring, assisted living, Industry 4.0, and smart transport. Applications close on June 29 2017.

The programme follows last year’s successful IoTUK Boost competition, which saw five SMEs and entrepreneurs accelerate the development of their IoT products. Winners included Sansible Wearables, which developed a wearable impact sensor for contact sports; The WindOP, which sought to provide more accurate weather data at remote locations; and Urban Farming Company, which is developing a toy aimed at educating children about food.

Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, said: “While a lot of businesses have heard of the IoT, there are still many that don’t understand the huge impact it is likely to have on, not only industries, but society as a whole. Scotland is at the vanguard of that change and our aim is to help as many companies as possible develop products and services to ensure that remains the case.

“This is an exciting opportunity for a small business with innovative IoT concepts, larger companies that are changing their approach to technology, or even individuals with strong ideas to take things to the next stage and get the support they need. We’re looking forward to seeing some new and thought-provoking applications from across Scotland.”