Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS
Seven Scottish start-ups and SMEs have won places on the first ever Internet of Things (IoT) Explorer programme, organised by the Scottish Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems (CENSIS), designed to accelerate businesses’ adoption of the next industrial revolution.
The winners will receive up to 20 days’ support from the engineering and project management team at CENSIS. 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.
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 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 problems for residents.
The final companies involved are a joint bid from DeuXality and Stonnivation, and SussMyBike. The former are 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, device for real-time assessment and optimisation of bike suspension – the technology could be extended to a range of other vehicles.
Dr Mark Begbie, business development director at CENSIS, said: “These businesses demonstrate that a wide range of organisations are embracing what the IoT has to offer. 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 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. Our aim is to help as many companies as possible, regardless of their size or sector, to be at the forefront of these developments.”