IoT is already in operation in UK cities measuring air quality, passenger journeys and collecting traffic data among myriad other uses.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: ‘The UK technology sector is renowned for its creativity and pioneering research and development. This competition will be instrumental in discovering new connections between city services and their users, and identifying many more advantages that the Internet of Things could offer.’
Nick Appleyard, Innovate UK’s deputy director for government partnerships, said: ‘The UK has the opportunity to become a world-leader in this sector, boosting the economy and creating the jobs of tomorrow. Innovate UK has a vital part to play in working with companies and local partnerships to make this happen.’
Projects must be collaborative and led by a local authority or local enterprise partnership (or an equivalent body outside England). Projects should involve at least one local authority, one local enterprise partnership and several businesses.
Deadline for registration is at noon on 23 September 2015, with the deadline for applications at noon on 30 September 2015.
Interested parties can get more information online at https://interact.innovateuk.org