The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the hottest sectors of technology right now—connecting various devices around your home and business to the internet to increase efficiency, monitor the state of things from afar, and control devices remotely.
Things like refrigerators, locks, cameras, sensors, manufacturing equipment, medical devices . . . just about anything you can imagine can be connected to the internet. And there’s a government-backed program that wants to help your business adopt more IoT technologies.
This programme, called IoTUK and backed by Digital Catapult and Future Cities Catapult, aims to advance the UK’s standing in the world when it comes to the Internet of Things, both as leaders and adopters of these technologies.
The programme will involve a number of events that aim to showcase, educate, and coordinate activities related to the IoT in the UK. There will be events, demonstrations, investments, and other actions that will be of use to businesses in the UK.
Whether you already use the SmartTrade app and take debit and credit card payments from your mobile phone, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably interested in business technology. And because you are, you should definitely check out IoTUK.
The Internet of Things, while it might seem strange at first, is revolutionising how we think about our devices and how they relate to the world. When you can monitor and control devices from wherever you are, you can run your business more efficiently, saving you money. You can automate some activities, so you can increase production and productivity. You can increase both physical and electronic security.
American Express has stated that the IoT will revolutionise small business, and other companies have similarly been optimistic about the increased connectedness of devices. It’s an exciting time, and IoTUK aims to make sure that the UK is at the forefront of the movement.
The IoTUK website provides a lot of information on the goals of the programme, the groups behind it, and how it’s all going to work over the life of the initiative. You can check out their open calls and read their news and blog to keep up to date on what’s going on.
Let’s help make the UK a leader in IoT! Keep a close eye on IoTUK to see what’s coming up soon.