Parliament pledges £1.6m to Internet of Things development (Wired UK)


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A UK consortium that plans to develop a universal specification
for the internet of things has been awarded £1.6 million by the
government’t innovation agency.

HyperCat was launched in
June of this year by UK companies Flexeye and 1248, both already
working in the internet of things sector as intermediaries that
help firms scale their IoT services. Since that time, BT, ARM and
KPMG are among the 40 UK companies to join the consortium, which
aims to help the sector flourish by delivering an international
standard for interoperating devices.

The world’s technology giants want to be at the forefront of
this challenge, and we already have consortiums that feature
Samsung and Google as leaders (Thread) and Intel and Dell (Open
Interconnect Consortium). HyperCat places the UK squarely in the
running, after much murmurings from the government that we need to
get ahead of the pack or be left behind. So far, the government has
pledged £45m
to invigorating the industry
.

Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific advisor to the government,
posted an article two days ago arguing the case for IoT. He said
the government must contribute “by finding the right experts,
engaging widely to identify key opportunities and concerns, and –
importantly — developing an action plan that will enable us to
reap the benefits while avoiding potential harms”. Supporting
HyperCat, is just one part of that.

Flexeye CEO Justin Anderson, is all too well aware that HyperCat
has plenty of competition to content with, but sounds hopeful. “The
UK has an opportunity now, through HyperCat, to be central to the
IoT revolution, levelling the playing field with the ubiquitous
American giants and inspiring British industry to deliver £100
billion of value by 2020 — Great Britain can grow back its
industrial teeth. The government’s investment of £1.6 million will
support the UK economy by creating new jobs and attracting foreign
investment to our shores.”

Meanwhile Antoine Rizk, VP of business technology consultancy
Axway warns that the “hype and hysteria” around IoT needs to be
kept in check, and that security issues surrounding the unifying of
wireless protocols needs to be at the forefront. “APIs, by their
very nature, provide the perfect opportunity to take advantage of
the IoT revolution. The reason being is that they are secure and
can be managed, provided businesses have the right gateways in
place. Criticising the confines of APIs should be done with
caution. The very fact that organisations retain a level of control
is crucial to ensuring that the IoT doesn’t start a security flaw
landslide.”

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20 August 2014 | 1:00 pm – Source: wired.co.uk

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