Bath's business networks win TSB internet grant
The University has been awarded a grant by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) to examine the 'Internet of Things?'
"In many ways the internet is still in its infancy and massive growth is predicted with the rise of automated communications between machines and devices", said Dr Eamonn O'Neill, Department of Computer Science, who is Bath's lead academic in the bid.
"I'm delighted that we've won this £50,000 award for an initial study from the TSB - it builds on our core research strengths and places us in a close development relationship for future collaborations with our partner companies in the bid which include Docobo, Horstmann Controls, Scisys and PIB-d".
The bid was made by the University's Silicon South West Network in partnership with the Cambridge Wireless Network. Simon Bond, who runs the University's Innovation Centre and founded Silicon South West said: "Cambridge and the South West are two of the most successful 'tech' company clusters in Europe, and Bath is highly connected to both through our Innovation Centre and 'academic-to-business' networks. This bid is a good example of how we can harness our networks and business contacts to meet the needs of our academics and their funders".
This initial Internet of Things feasibility study will start in early 2012 and will be followed by a call from the TSB for a £4m demonstrator project later in the year.