UK universities unveil £28m hub for Internet of Things

No word on when they'll connect the hub to the smart beer fridge

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Blighty's universities have teamed up to today unveil a £28m "Internet of Things" research hub in a bid to make the UK a "world leader" in the much-hyped technology.

The Hub is a consortium of nine universities and 47 partners from industry and the public sector.

Funding for the Hub includes a £9.8m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which will be boosted by partner contributions to approximately £23m in total.

The consortium will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security, said the EPSRC in a press release.

Ed Vaizey, digital economy minister, said the project is part of the government's ambition to make the UK a "world leader in the adoption of Internet of Things technologies".

Philip Nelson, EPSRC's chief exec, said in order for IoT technologies to gain widespread adoption "there must be trust and confidence in how the Internet of Things works, its security and its resilience."

The project is part of IoTUK, a £40m, three-year, government programme that seeks to advance the UK's "global leadership in IoT and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies" in both the private and public sector. ®


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