in Aerospace

Digital Catapult launches Made Smarter Technology Accelerator

Posted 29 September 2020 · Add Comment

The UK’s advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult, has today launched the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator by calling for medium and large manufacturing industry partners to participate.



Image courtesy Digital Catapult


The programme aims to help manufacturers solve some of their key challenges, as well as fast-forward and shape the UK’s technology adoption directly into industry.

Following successful onboarding, partners will work together to set the industry challenges which will see companies from the UK’s world-leading digital technology innovation community develop prototypes that ultimately answer and solve these problems.

The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is currently seeking partners who have challenges in five programme themes:

  • Intelligent factory management and control
  • Intelligent product verification and validation
  • Transparent and data driven procurement
  • Digitally enabled factory workforce
  • Resource measurement and analytics

Focusing on these themes and intensifying the market of digital innovators will drive multiple outcomes for the manufacturing sector; to aid economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, improve productivity, increase market capitalisation, export growth and accelerating sectors towards industrial net zero.

There are varying levels of involvement for partners depending on the level of investment and - uniquely for a programme of this type - eight Industry Challenge Owners are being invited to shape and set the challenges addressed by the startups and scaleups with their technology innovations.

In return for match-funded financial contributions, partners will gain direct access to the outputs and learnings of the programme as well as have prototypes developed for challenges they set.

Dr Jeremy Silver, CEO of Digital Catapult said: “This last year has been incredibly difficult for many industries, and manufacturing has not escaped the impact of COVID-19. At the same time, the industry is grappling with the major global challenge of reaching net zero by 2050 and figuring out how technology can help to do that. The combination of these forces means that innovation and collaboration have never been more necessary. The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is designed to help boost productivity and aid the recovery of industry. Ultimately, we hope this will lead to the creation of a more sustainable and resilient manufacturing sector in the UK.”

Jürgen Maier, Chair of Digital Catapult and Co-Chair of Made Smarter added: “In the tumultuous times we face, it can be tempting to simply cut costs rather than invest. Yet, in the long-term, this approach runs the risk of businesses getting left behind. For the UK manufacturing sector to thrive and become a world leader, we need to find ways to encourage innovation and adoption of digital technologies. The Made Smarter Technology Accelerator – and the wider Made Smarter national movement – is designed to do just that by fostering relationships between technology innovators and manufacturers to solve genuine industry challenges.”

The programme is set to drive forward the adoption of technologies in four focus area, with solutions in the following technology areas:

  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning (natural language processing, machine vision and deep learning)
  • Immersive technologies including extended reality (virtual, augmented, mixed reality and haptics)
  • Future networks and advanced digital infrastructure (5G, low powered wide area networks, the internet of things, NB-IoT and LIFI)
  • Distributed systems (distributed ledger technologies such as blockchain)

The programme forms part of the Made Smarter national movement, it is delivered by technology and industry experts Digital Catapult and funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Businesses – both industry partners and those in the digital technology innovation community – can register their interest via madesmartertech.uk .   

 




 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Jet Zero Council sets out ambitions for carbon free future

The Jet Zero Council - a pioneering partnership between Government and the aerospace and aviation sectors to fast-track zero emission flight - has taken its next step forward today, with the publication of the group’s members and key

Airbus reveals new zero-emission concept aircraft

Airbus has revealed three concepts for the world’s first zero-emission commercial aircraft, all running on hydrogen, which could enter service by 2035.

Space company takes to the skies alongside the NHS

The UK Space Agency has backed a healthcare drone start-up founded by NHS staff, to help in the response to COVID-19.

Tempest forecast to generate billions for UK economy

For the first time, preliminary data has revealed the economic importance of the UK’s future combat air programme, Tempest, predicting it will support an average of 20,000 jobs every year from 2026 to 2050.

Overview expands PTZ camera portfolio with Hydra 3000 series

ADS member Overview Ltd - a UK developer of high-precision, sensor and camera positioning technology - has announced the release of its Hydra 3000 series of rugged PTZ surveillance cameras which offers a range of enhanced features.

Inzpire delivers space training to NATO’s Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

A team of training experts from Inzpire Limited has recently delivered the company’s Military Use of Space Capabilities course to 42 NATO personnel from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC).

ODU 0201311219
See us at
3CDSE BT0210030221Security & Policing 2021 BT