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The United Kingdom (UK) has promoted the Internet of Things (IoT) in the last few years. In 2014, the government announced more than £40 million ($60 million) in funding for research in the area, and has created an umbrella program, IoTUK, to coordinate the efforts of the various organizations that are receiving a cut [103] [104]. IoTUK brings together elements of the Future Cities Catapult and the Digital Catapult, both part of a larger effort to stimulate the nation’s up-and-coming industries. The program will work with the technology and business communities, as well as the public sector and academia.

The IoTUK programme will play a central role in coordination and programme integration of Innovate UK programme and ecosystem activities, and forms part of overall £40m UK Government IoT program. Program to run until March 2018, and the main elements planned for IoTUK are [103] [104]:

  • Choosing a "city demonstrator" to deploy and test IoT technologies in the urban environment.
  • Creating a research hub focused on security and trust in new devices and emerging networks.
  • Forming a hardware accelerator to launch new products and devices.
  • Building a "test bed" for exploring the use of IoT technologies in healthcare.

IoTUK Boost is an innovation support programme for SMEs that are looking to utilise a low power wide area network (LPWAN) to develop and prototype their IoT product or service [103]. With longer range, decreased power requirements and lower cost than a mobile network, LPWANs enable a much wider range of IoT applications. The IoTUK programme's aim is to advance the UK's global leadership in the IoT, ensuring that there is increased adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services which have the ability to transform businesses and the public sector.