Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Scotland launches IoT cyber initiative

William Payne
November 14, 2019

The Scottish Government has launched an initiative to boost adoption of IoT and IoT-related cyber security technologies. Led by CENSIS, the Scottish innovation centre for sensing, imaging, and IoT, the IoT Cyber Accelerator programme will help businesses and developers enhance the resilience of IoT networks and devices, through new products and approaches to cyber security. Up to five companies will be selected following a competitive process for the six-month programme, which will include tailored support from CENSIS and Scottish Enterprise to turn ideas into fully realised products or services.

A series of workshops will be held for businesses from a range of sectors to find out more and begin to address challenges or identify opportunities within IoT. As part of the programme, CENSIS has also partnered with Abertay University to deliver an IoT vulnerability study that will expose risks or flaws in the design of IoT devices – the outcomes will be used to develop or refine best-practice guidelines.

Minister for Digital Economy Kate Forbes said: “The challenge of building security and resilience into digital products and services is something that is being wrestled with on a global stage. I’m delighted that the Scottish Government is supporting CENSIS and Scottish Enterprise to deliver this programme of activity which will see Scotland at the forefront of these developments.

CENSIS will also announce the launch of three ‘IoT2Go’ development kits at today’s Technology Summit. Using off the shelf hardware, the kits – for indoor, outdoor and imaging applications – are ‘plug and play’ boxes that give organisations a chance to experiment and build their own complete IoT network. They can be used by people with no coding or technical experience.

The kits are expected to help build on the diverse range of IoT projects CENSIS already has underway across Scotland. Among them, CENSIS and NHS Highland are developing a testbed to trial non-clinical IoT applications within the health board’s estate, including building maintenance and asset tracking. The Innovation Centre is also partnering with the Local Government Digital Office to help increase understanding and uptake of IoT technologies across local government.