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CENSIS names seven start-ups for IoT accelerator

Winners will receive access to incubator facilities, entry to IoT workshops, and assistance in developing an investor pitch


Seven Scottish start-ups and SMEs have secured a place on a new Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator programme launched by the Scottish Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS).


The new IoT Explorer initiative bids to help accelerate businesses’ adoption of the next industrial revolution.


“The IoT can change the way businesses of all types work – Scotland is leading the way with a commitment from the Scottish Government to establishing a national IoT network and six regional networks already in place,” said Dr Mark Begbie, business development director, CENSIS.


“Our aim is to help as many companies as possible, regardless of their size or sector, to be at the forefront of these developments.”


Among the successful companies are: Angel Monitors, a company developing new technology for custodial staff to monitor detainees’ health; Attis Fitness, which is creating smart sportswear which, combined with an app, tells runners about their performance and reduces the risk of injury; and Safehinge, producers of doorsets and door components for mental health environments.


Also operating in healthcare, Beringar has won support to develop its sensor technology, which helps hospitals make better use of their moveable assets and facilities. Meanwhile, iOpt Assets is developing IoT technology that will allow landlords to monitor conditions in social housing and identify any problems, such as damp or fuel poverty, for residents.


The final companies involved are a joint bid from DeuXality and Stonnivation, and SussMyBike. The former is developing an app that allows mountain bikers to share their trails and times with other riders in remote locations.


The latter has developed a Bluetooth-enabled, IoT device for real-time assessment and optimisation of bike suspension – the technology could be extended to a range of other vehicles.


“These businesses demonstrate that a wide range of organisations are embracing what the IoT has to offer,” added Begbie.


“Not only are they new and innovative ideas, but many of them tackle fundamental social challenges we face today. While some are established companies, looking to offer new services and products, others are starting from scratch. There are exciting developments underway across Scotland’s broad tech scene."


The winners all receive up to 20 days’ support from the engineering and project management team at the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems. They will also receive access to facilities at Glasgow’s Tontine incubator, entry to CENSIS’s IoT workshops, and assistance in developing an investor pitch.


CENSIS aims to bring together commercial innovation and academic research, to drive economic activity in Scotland. Established in April 2013 with an initial £10m funding, it will deliver collaborative R&D projects and assist Scotland’s 170 companies in the industry which, between them, contribute £3.6bn to the economy.


It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, with additional support from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.


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