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Glasgow aims to become IoT innovation leader

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Glasgow City Council, the UK Government and the Smart Things Accelerator Centre (STAC)  have set up a partnership to make the city Europe’s largest innovation hub for the internet of things (IoT) and other new technologies.

It involves a £2.5 million public and private sector investment into a 250-desk state-of-the-art facility named thebeyond at SkyPark, Finnieston in Glasgow.

In addition, the city will become a testbed for innovations via STAC.

The city council said the move is aimed at making Glasgow a leader in technologies including drones, robots, AI, IoT, nanotech, medtech, and cleantech, while yielding substantial economic, social and environmental benefits.

Benefits for everyone

Cllr Ricky Bell, deputy leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "This collaboration will help Glasgow become a leading technology driven city, with our services and buildings powered by homegrown innovation to the benefit of everyone who lives, works and studies here. 

“We will empower Glasgow's start-ups to hone their technologies here and then compete internationally, enhancing our position on the global tech stage and bringing a great number of new jobs and careers in this sector." 

Paul Wilson, CEO, and co-founder of STAC, commented: “As we build the leading tech cluster around STAC's thebeyond we will gain a reputation and attract international investment. That's the goal, ambitious and realisable. We believe thebeyond will be Europe's largest smart things and IoT space."

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