Sensor City, a global hub for the development of sensor technology and rapid prototyping, has launched a new initiative to support manufacturers with challenges relating to IoT implementation.

According to the 2019 PWC Annual Manufacturing Report, 1 in 4 respondents have no digital plans, while 26% have it on their radar but don’t know how to implement it. Sensor City’s initiative is aimed at growing UK manufacturers and will support them to successfully design, develop, and implement sensor based and IoT technologies across their products or operational infrastructure.

The new ‘Space to Innovate’ membership package provides manufacturing businesses access to leading technical expertise and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, helping them improve internal operations and create commercially viable IoT solutions for global markets.

The membership – which is primarily aimed at scale-up businesses – is available in three different package options to suit the differing needs of manufacturers.

The available ‘Space to Innovate’ packages are:

  • The Network package – for businesses that want to create a wider network of experts, influencers, and collaborators.

  • The Technical package – for businesses looking to progress their product development process and rapid prototyping requirements by using Sensor City’s lab facilities as an extension to their own engineering or Research and Development facilities.

  • The 360° Growth Package – the maximum level for businesses to unlock growth, giving them the opportunity to design a bespoke business development programme, lab access and create sales opportunities.

You can find out more about the packages here.

The initiative also sees the launch of Sensor City’s new 2020 Guide to IoT Adoption, containing expert advice for businesses looking to realise their IoT projects. The practical guide, created in collaboration with industry and academic experts, gives businesses the advice, tips and guidance they need to achieve growth through successful IoT adoption.

Sensor City’s 2020 Guide to IoT Adoption is free to download by clicking here.

Dr Joanne Phoenix, Interim Executive Director at Sensor City, said, “Digital technologies present huge opportunities for manufacturers – particularly when it comes to igniting growth. Sensor and IoT-based technologies have many benefits, whether being incorporated into products themselves or integrated into an organisation’s operational delivery. However, as a leading hub specialising in both technologies we know that manufacturers can often struggle with migration.

That’s why we’ve developed a new membership package which will provide businesses with the support, guidance, and access to equipment they need to get IoT and sensor-based products off the ground and into the market quickly. Further to this, we’ve also developed a free guide which tackles the operational challenges of migrating to an IoT-based infrastructure. We hope the guide will give manufacturers the practical advice they need to start on the right road to successful IoT integration.”

You can enquire about Sensor City’s Space to Innovate packages here.

Sensor City’s 2020 Guide to IoT Adoption is available to download here.