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24m to go towards IoT research

£24 million is to be spent on a new initiative designed to keep the UK at the forefront of the Internet of Things market over the next three years.

Nine universities including Imperial College London will be part of the PETRAS IoT Hub, which will examine the technical, social and ethical issues regarding IoT networks.

The ultimate objective is to make Britain the best place in the world in which to develop and deploy new web-based systems.

Ed Vaizey, the digital economy minister, commented: "UK universities are renowned for their creativity, and pioneering research and development. 

"We want the UK to be a world leader in the adoption of Internet of Things technologies, and I know that bringing these universities together with partners from the UK's thriving tech industry will be instrumental in making this a reality."

Professor Jeremy Watson, director of the PETRAS IoT Hub, believes the initiative will remove barriers to IoT adoption and therefore maximise its economic and societal opportunities.

"Working with business, public, and third sectors will enable the PETRAS IoT Hub members to investigate questions of safety, security, privacy and trust within real life settings," he said.

Professor Watson added that the UK could potentially become the most supportive environment in the world for the development and deployment of a safe and secure IoT.

As a result, he is confident the PETRAS IoT Hub can "raise the bar using innovative collaborative and interdisciplinary research methods".

Growing use of IoT technology could see household items connected via digital networks, which the government believes could enable people to live more efficiently and enjoy a better quality of life.

It is also hoped that greater adoption of IoT across homes and workplaces in the UK could lead to increased economic growth.ADNFCR-1186-ID-801809602-ADNFCR

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