Glasgow’s bid to become Europe’s largest IoT innovation hub – Public Sector Executive

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Glasgow City Council is embarking on a new project to transform the city into Europe’s largest smart things and IoT innovation hub.

This will be done through a partnership between the city council, the UK Government and the Smart Things Accelerator Centre (STAC). The focus of the partnership will be around £2.5 million of public and private investment, which will be put into a state-of-the-art facility at SkyPark in Glasgow and will support the city as it looks to become a ‘frontrunner’ in emerging technologies over the course of the coming decades. These include:

  • Drones
  • Robots
  • AI
  • IoT
  • Nanotech
  • Medtech
  • Cleantech

As these technologies develop, industries are to be revolutionised whilst also bringing economic, social and environmental benefits.

Glasgow City Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Ricky Bell, said:

“This collaboration will help Glasgow become a leading technology-driven city, with our services and buildings powered by homegrown innovation to the benefit of everyone who lives, works and studies here. We will empower Glasgow’s start-ups to hone their technologies here and then compete internationally, enhancing our position on the global tech stage and bringing a great number of new jobs and careers in this sector.”

Looking to build on previous successes, it is anticipated that Glasgow will become an innovation leader by the end of this year. This will revolve around industry, lifestyle, health, and sustainability technologies, and could see 100 new businesses getting up and running in Glasgow.

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