Data gathering projects to benefit from £7 million investment

29 Sep 2008

Wireless sensors to track coastal erosion, early warning monitoring systems to assess damage to art objects and sensors to monitor chemical leaks are just three of the diverse research and development projects to benefit from investment by the Technology Strategy Board.

The eleven data gathering research and development projects, which have a total value of nearly £15 million, are to receive £7 million from the Technology Strategy Board. Two of the projects are to receive funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, worth over £750,000, while the participating companies will invest the balance of £7 million.

The decision to invest in the projects follows a challenge set by the Technology Strategy Board, which late last year invited companies to submit proposals to develop technologies that could be used successfully in difficult or complex environments to gather data that currently cannot be captured.

Explaining the decision to invest in these projects, the Technology Strategy Board's Director of Innovation Programmes, David Bott, said: "The ability to gather information in complex or difficult environments is vital in a wide range of industry and service sectors, such as pollution monitoring, power generation, the aerospace industry and buildings management. Many UK companies have particular strengths in sensing, instrumentation and imaging technologies, and in telecommunications and intelligent systems. Bringing this expertise together will help give the UK the capability to exploit the worldwide demand for tracking, data gathering and monitoring technologies. "

The funding of these projects is the latest in a series of major investments in innovative research and development by the Technology Strategy Board. Since August, the Board has announced that it will invest nearly £80 million in over 120 projects in cell therapy, material technologies for energy, high value manufacturing, low carbon energy technologies, advanced lighting & lasers, data protection & privacy, technologies for assisted living, healthcare technologies and, now, data gathering. Including contributions from the research councils and match funding from the private sector, this brings the total investment in these new government-backed UK research and development projects to about £160 million.

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Last updated on Monday 13 October 2008 at 14:39

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