Demand for connected devices soars
Research company Gartner is predicting that in 2016, Smart Cities in UK will use 1.6 million connected devices, a 39 per cent increase over 2015. Local Government Association predicts the amount of money available to deliver the most popular local…

Research company Gartner is predicting that in 2016, Smart Cities in UK will use 1.6 million connected devices, a 39 per cent increase over 2015.

Local Government Association predicts the amount of money available to deliver the most popular local services will shrink by 66 per cent by the end of the decade. These cuts highlight the need for local authorities to find efficiencies in all their services.

One option is to find such efficiencies by becoming smarter and invest in new technology to deliver greater value to citizens, said Digital Economy Minster Ed Vaizey MP.

He said Internet of Things is fast becoming an integral part of the fabric of how we live our lives and how government delivers services for its citizens.

He believes the UK has the opportunity to become a world leader in this emerging technology and made £10 million, of the £40 million government planned investment in IoT, available to local authorities and enterprise partnerships.

The fund, which was run as a competition by central government, was won by Manchester and will now become the UK’s IoT City Demonstrator.

This will see the creation of an IoT Centre of Excellence in Manchester to provider start-ups and SMEs with access to an open innovation programme.

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