The key components of the World-Class Data Infrastructure Internet of Things (IoT) service will be a regional sensor network, spanning the square 7,700km of the City Region Deal area, delivering rich environmental datasets. This will be supported by a dedicated Data Analytics and Visualisation service – providing insight for real-time decision making for researchers, students, school pupils, and public, private and third sector partners.
Alongside robotics and artificial intelligence in the Industry 4.0 revolution, IoT is a network of sensors that can be attached to objects, connecting them and exchanging data. IoT is a core part of many new applications and solutions and is expected to be a driver for new business models, with the market forecast to double from some 31 billion devices in 2020 to 75 billion by 2025.
Five sectors present a high potential for the WCDI IoT Service within the City Region: Digital Technology; Health and Social Care; Fintech and Financial Services; Agriculture, with the most immediate demand expected to come from Public Services.
As a learning and research facility for the education sector, the IoT service will focus on experimentation and innovation, and also provide a testbed for development of commercial and public sector applications.
The Service will create exciting opportunities in research, service delivery and the development of new applications and products. The service will also make IoT technologies accessible learning activities in university teaching programmes and provide additional learning opportunities for school pupils in the City Region Deal area.
The main barriers to adoption – lack of awareness and lack of connectivity – will be addressed by an easily accessed IoT Service.