ESEYE WINS GRANT TO MAKE GUILDFORD SAFER
August 14th 2013
Eseye has won funding to improve personal safety in Guildford, the home of its headquarters, as part of a pioneering consortium. EyeHub, the town’s technology consortium is led by global software company Flexeye, and will see local firms including M2M specialists Eseye working on a range of safety apps to transform the town’s approach to personal safety.
Funded by the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, EyeHub is one of eight UK clusters to win a share of a £6.2 million grant that will see major cities and sectors creating real-world scenarios for the Internet of Things. The projects will help identify and overcome existing challenges in rolling out machine-to-machine technology across the UK.
The consortium has already started work on the MyGuardian suite of apps and devices, which targets Guildford’s student population. Now ranked in the UK’s top 10 universities, the University of Surrey is also one of the safest places to study in the country and works to promote greater safety for its students. The MyGuardian apps will collect data securely from smartphones and sensors across campuses, so students and staff can inform campus security of their location in an emergency.
The flagship suite will launch in the autumn to coincide with the new school and university terms. “EyeHub will bring the Internet of Things to Guildford,” says Julian Hardy, CEO of Eseye. “Many people still aren’t aware of just how central M2M technology already is in their day-to-day lives, but the range of smartphone apps is making it more accessible. Your smartphone is now not only a gateway to the web, but to devices on the other side of the world. With EyeHub, we’ll demonstrate just some of the many uses of M2M, and we’re starting with one of the most important areas of city life: personal safety.”
The consortium looks to bring the Internet of Things to life for the people of Guildford, Surrey, and neighbouring counties, by demonstrating the ways in which machine-to-machine technology can improve and simplify everyday activities. M2M communication relies on cellular connectivity and M2M grade hardware to help devices communicate with each other – whether they’re parking sensors that reduce congestion or health monitors that save lives.
“The IOT has the potential to create a new billion pound technology industry for UK PLC leading to job creation and exports. This initiative by the Technology Strategy Board is critical both to help catalyse the UK’s position in this market on the world stage and address many key issues around standards and interoperability” Justin Anderson – CEO, Flexeye
EyeHub will see the local businesses combining their skills and expertise to bring the Internet of Things to life, through a solid M2M-capable infrastructure. With a range of new devices and solutions in the pipeline, EyeHub (www.eyehubiot.com) is encouraging local businesses to join the discussion on Twitter using the #eyehub trending topic to put forward ideas on how to build a smarter, safer town.
The EyeHub Internet of Things Ecosystem Demonstrator is led by Flexeye Ltd (http://www.flexeye.com). It is co-funded by the UK Government’s Technology Strategy Board (http://www.innovateuk.org). The views expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and not necessarily the Technology Strategy Board.
If you would like to learn more about Flexeye or any members of the consortium, please contact Dr. Anu Devi at firstname.lastname@example.org or +44 (0) 1483 306 060 ext. 840.
About the Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.
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