IT projects win share of Technology Strategy Board funding

The government-backed Technology Strategy Board has awarded £18m of funding to 43 R&D projects, including three...

The government-backed Technology Strategy Board has awarded £18m of funding to 43 research and development (R&D) projects, including three projects covering IT.

The IT projects cover software development, video streaming and wireless robotics.

ASDT is a project investigating the development of an autonomous system development tool (ASDT) for application within manufacturing operations-planning, supported by Preactor International Ltd (lead), Plessey Semiconductors Ltd, Centre For Factory of the Future, TDK LambdaC, Tata Steel Europe, Vision in Print, De Montfort University.

The vector streaming video pipeline is supported by Root6 Ltd (lead), Smoke & Mirrors Ltd, Ovation Data Services and University of Bath.

The third IT R&D project to receive funding is Wireless Underground Robots for First Responders (WURFR) from WFS Technologies (lead).

Iain Gray (pictured), chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board, said, "This drive by leading British companies to innovate and to overcome significant technical hurdles to develop new technologies, products and processes is inspirational. We look forward with interest and excitement to seeing the results of these important research and development projects."

The Board is funding R&D in six technology areas - advanced materials; biosciences; electronics, photonics and electrical systems; high-value manufacturing; information and communication technology and nanotechnology. It says it has put a particular emphasis on the development of "enabling technologies", which can lead to the creation of other products or processes able to support future development.

In the March 2011 Budget, Chancellor George Osborne said he aims to make the UK open to business by driving forward the idea of enterprise zones.

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