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Innovate UK Grant Awarded!

Smith Robotics LTD located in the Harwell Innovation Centre has been awarded an Innovate UK Grant for a new and upcoming #project! The husband-and-wife team Ryan Smith and Katie Smith are to trial an open Internet of Things (IoT) network on a science campus, near Harwell. The team are also going to integrate in a vineyard setting within Berkshire as well.

The aim of the project is to create a testbed IoT network that local companies, organisations and residents can create their own sensor and have easy access to the data remotely. With aims towards local environmental monitoring and sensing a top priority in #Oxfordshire, this project hopes to invite local school groups to take on #STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) projects using this platform.

Using the grant, Smith Robotics LTD are hoping to encourage other companies and #research organisations in the area to add their own network #infrastructure and sensors to improve the network as a whole. Also with the grant, Smith Robotics LTD was able to employ a summer internship, for 5 months, helping a student, currently in #University, gain experience and on the job knowledge as well.

Ryan Smith, the founder says “This grant is a great #opportunity for us to create a testbed for large scale IoT projects. We look forward to seeing the engagement from the local #community, and what types of sensors local companies are interested in.

During this project development, Smith Robotics LTD is collaborating with Illustrate Design Oxford, Duncan Crosse, a freelance industrial #designer, to help design the overall look of the IoT.

Smith Robotics LTD can be found via their website, Facebook and Linkedin searching for ‘Smith Robotics Ltd’.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is creating a better future by inspiring, involving and #investing in businesses developing life-changing innovations.

They provide targeted sectors with expertise, facilities, and funding to test, demonstrate and evolve their ideas, driving UK productivity and economic #growth. Join their #network and communities of innovators to realise the potential of your ideas and accelerate #business growth. Innovate UK: inspiring business innovation.

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