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Berkshire: Companies urged to develop 'internet of things' solutions

By Dan Teuton
18 April 2019

Innovative Berkshire businesses have been asked to develop internet of things (IoT) solutions to tackle real challenges faced by local authorities in the delivery of their services for the benefit of local people.

The £400,000 Challenge Fund Call is part of the Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster project, led by Reading Borough Council, with partner authorities, Wokingham, West Berkshire and Bracknell Forest Councils. The two-year project, which is funded by the Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is delivering state-of-the-art IoT communications across the region and a series of calls for innovation, of which this is the first.

This first Call consists of four challenges, focusing on tackling loneliness, reducing falls in the elderly, supporting independence in travel and targeting investment to improve energy efficiency in homes. Each challenge will involve a development and pilot phase so that the benefits can be evaluated and knowledge can be shared as these are common challenges faced by councils across the UK. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for each challenge. If you are a business who is interested, the Call has been published by Reading Borough Council on the Reading Borough Council In-Tend portal under the title Thames Valley Berkshire Smart City Cluster 1st Challenge Fund Call:

An information event is being held on April 24 at the Marketing Suite, 100 Longwater Avenue, Green Park, Reading, RG2 6GP. Event will begin at 6:30pm for a 7pm start and will consist of a presentation overview of the 1st Call and an opportunity for questions. If you wish to attend the event register at: