Global tech experts to address Sunderland Internet of Things summit

Experts in the Internet of Things from some of the world’s largest technology companies will be attending a summit in Sunderland in February as part of a Government-funded programme of events to establish the UK as a global leader in the adoption of IoT technologies.

In November 2015 is was announced that Sunderland Software City had been chosen as one of four successful organisations that will deliver IoTUK Boost, a series of local IoT incubation activities that will help tech SMEs to explore new IoT-related business opportunities.

As part of the IoTUK Boost programme Sunderland Software City is hosting a 2-day IoT conference in Sunderland on the 2 and 3 February where experts from global technology companies Amey, CGI, Nissan and Innovate UK will outline future trends in Internet of Things and how smaller companies can start capitalising on the adoption of IoT technologies.

The conference will also be attended by representatives from organisations looking to commission new technology solutions to improve and streamline services; including Gentoo, the Port of Sunderland and commuter group Bus Users UK.

David Dunn, Chief Executive of Sunderland Software City said: “The Internet of Things is the development of technology by which smart devices and sensors collect information from physical objects, such as vehicles and buildings, and share it via a network which allows for greater automation and integration between the physical world and computer systems.

“This sharing of information can result in improved understanding, greater efficiencies and accuracy which has vast economic benefit to organisations across all sectors and public services.

“The technology to collect this information is already here, what IoTUK Boost aims to do is help businesses and public services to understand how analysing this information and using technology to maximise its potential can transform businesses and public services whilst creating new opportunities for the North East’s technology community.

“We look forward to working alongside the region’s existing and aspiring IoT companies to explore commercial opportunities within the IoT space.”

During the two-day event organisations from social services, river and marine, emergency response and smarter working sectors will share current challenges and invite SMEs attending the event to explore and pitch solutions at a second event to be held at the end of February.

During the Boost programme SMEs will be able to access technical and business support from IoTUK and Digital and Future Cities Catapult teams.

Technology firms interested in attending the IoTUK Boost conference can apply to attend by emailing Robert.currie@sunderlandsoftwarecity.com or visiting www.iotuk.org.uk/iotuk-boost-ssc