Challenge offers £10m to improve cities through internet of things

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and government agency Innovate UK have launched a £10m internet of things (IoT) competition for cities. The prize fund will go to a single collaborative research and development project demonstrating the capability of IoT in a city region. The competition is part of a wider £40m government investment in IoT announced in March.

Cities can use IoT to improve services for their citizens, increase quality of life and make better-informed decisions more quickly. Projects entering the competition 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.

All competition entries must involve IoT, and additional requirements include:

  • A specific benefits for citizens, the city region and the environment
  • Economic benefits for businesses and local authorities, during and after the initial trial
  • Appropriate security and privacy features
  • Entries must be able to work across a variety of sectors, eg, social care, transport and housing.

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.

Deadline for registration is noon, 23 September. For more information, go to the Innovate UK website.

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