Cambridge Wireless (CW) will work with UK businesses to address the challenges of IoT adoption as part of a wider programme to boost the country’s IoT industry.

The group, which comprises a consortium of players from the wireless industry, has been selected as one of four organisations that will deliver IoTUK BoosT, an initiative that will bring together SMEs with larger enterprises to tackle “specific” IoT challenges.

Up to 20 SMEs will take part in the IoTUK Boost workshops, which will begin in early 2016 and last for five months. Work will largely focus on how the Internet of Things can be used to advance the UK’s health economy, Cambridge Wireless said.

ARM, Mediatek Labs and the University of Surrey’s 5G Innovation Centre are some of the names backing the initiative via Cambridge Wireless.

Robert Driver, CEO of Cambridge Wireless, said: “The CW community contains a significant number of companies – large and small – that bring together aspects of this emerging and complex landscape. CW’s expertise is in bringing these different organisations together to learn from each other, to network and facilitate the development of new business relationships. 

“Through the IoT boost programme we want to demonstrate how IoT product design for assisted living might transform the UK’s health economy; empowering citizens, improving independence, and saving money.” 

According to a report from Gartner earlier this month, enterprises will drive the IoT market in 2016 by spending $800 billion (€810bn) on IoT-related hardware.

CW will work alongside the SETsquared Partnership, a collaboration between the universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey that partners in enterprise activities. 

Simon Bond, Innovation Director of SETsquared Partnership, added: “The SETsquared region is a hotbed for IoT innovation, with some truly exceptional SMEs working in this space. We are delighted to have the opportunity to further bridge the gap between problem owners and solution providers in the region by partnering with our CW colleagues.”

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