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£23m IoT Research Hub confirmed

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, has announced an interdisciplinary Research Hub to drive forward UK research in the Internet of Things (IoT). The PETRAS consortium of nine UK universities will work together over the next three years to explore critical issues in privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security.

The £23m project is part of IoTUK, an integrated £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 and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

The Hub is a consortium of nine leading universities led by UCL with Imperial College London, and the Universities of Oxford, Warwick, Lancaster, Southampton, Surrey, Edinburgh and Cardiff. The Hub will also draw in support from over 47 partners from industry and the public sector.

Digital Economy Minister, Ed Vaizey said: “UK universities are renowned for their creativity, and pioneering research and development. We want the UK to be a world leader in the adoption of IoT technologies, and I know that bringing these universities together with partners from the UK's thriving tech industry will be instrumental in making this a reality.”

The Hub’s research will focus on the challenges associated with the IoT, including the various interactions, policy and governance, beliefs and behaviours between people and the IoT systems.

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Tom Austin-Morgan

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