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Further funding for CENSIS tech innovation project

Ian Reid of CensisInnovation project CENSIS will receive a £9.25 million government funding package today to enable it to pursue next generation technology.

The investment from the Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise is expected to be supplemented by another £3m in third party income.

CENSIS (Centre of excellence for sensing, imaging systems, and the internet of things) will be presented with the five-year package by Scottish Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, Ivan McKee at CENSIS’s fifth annual Technology Summit at Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, where more than 400 delegates and 40 exhibitors from across industry and academia will gather. 

Attendees will also hear from Hugo Fiennes, the CEO of Electric Imp and a member of the teams that designed the first four generations of the Apple iPhone as well as the NEST thermostat; forensics expert, Professor Niamh Nic Daeid; and Michael Talbot, Head of Strategy at Meridian, among many others.

Ian Reid, chief executive of CENSIS said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for CENSIS and its partners in industry and academia to be involved in innovation in Scotland.

“This funding will allow us to build on the foundations set in place over the past five years, with a renewed sector focus on IoT infrastructure; digital manufacturing systems; the monitoring of the built and natural environment; and subsea, offshore, and marine activities.

“We’ll also be concentrating our efforts on projects where we can make both an economic and social impact, such as healthcare and independent living, the environment and precision agriculture.”

Mr McKee added: “Creativity and innovation are vital if we are to realise Scotland’s potential and capitalise on technological advancements, enabling our move to a low carbon economy and improving the economic and social wellbeing of all.”

During its first five-year phase, CENSIS brokered 138 projects between industry and academics worth a combined £17.3m in a range of sectors – from manufacturing and subsea to health, wellbeing and life sciences.

Among the highlights has been a £6m ‘Mirage’ project, a collaborative R&D initiative which brought together five organisations working on the materials and processes used in manufacturing specialist electronic and photonic components, which are part of an array of household and industrial products.

The Innovation Centre played a central role in the genesis of IoT Scotland, the £6m Scottish Government-backed project to develop the most advanced IoT network in the UK. CENSIS was part of a consortium that launched Scotland’s first network in Glasgow during 2016, which was followed by test beds in Aberdeen, Dundee, Paisley, Orkney, and Inverness.

It has also helped Scotland-based SMEs, such as Fuel Link and Beringar, to develop new IoT based products for global markets.

Mr Reid said: “In many ways, the Technology Summit is emblematic of CENSIS’s growth over the past five years. In its first year, there were 90 delegates and no exhibitors and now we’re able to attract top speakers from around the world and are expecting more than 400 delegates from across Scotland, the UK, and Europe.

Our projects have had a real impact, whether it’s bringing together a multitude of organisations to collaborate on pre-competitive manufacturing or the development of IoT test beds to help local start-ups develop and scale new technologies.

“It is especially pleasing to see our work on developing IoT networks lead to the IoT Scotland project, which can truly make Scotland a leader in the next wave of technology and its application.”

Smarter Grid Solutions opens two labs

Smarter Grid Solutions, a provider of distributed energy resource management software, has opened two research and development laboratories in Glasgow and New York. 

The laboratories are linked to create a single virtual development environment, allowing its development teams on either side of the Atlantic to collaborate more closely.

The investment supports the development of its next generation of products by allowing the firm to test the scaling of its technology to millions of distributed energy resource devices.

The opening of these laboratories comes as the firm celebrates its tenth anniversary. It has enjoyed immense success within the energy sector as its technology continues to be used in distributed energy resource management projects across the UK, Europe, USA and Canada.

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