Spica Technologies part of winning consortium for £10m Internet of Things Smart Cities Demonstrator

Innovation Birmingham Campus-based SPICA Technologies, are part of the consortium to have won the latest £10m UK Government ‘Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Demonstrator’ competition for Manchester CityVerve.

SPICA is an IoT systems integrator that specialises in; sensor/device design, embedded software development, IoT network and integrations and cloud platforms. The company uses a combination of technical assets, hardware and software components and IoT integration expertise to help businesses capitalise on the opportunity that the IoT represents.

The CityVerve project will demonstrate applications of IoT technologies and services in four key areas: healthcare, transport, energy and environment, and culture and community. It includes plans for talkative bus stops (which will enable bus operators to know when commuters are waiting) and a network of sensors in parks and along commuter routes to encourage more people to do more physical activity. These ‘smart’ improvements will help deliver more personal, efficient and flexible products and services.

The CityVerve project was selected from a total of 22 entries across 34 UK cities. The project, which is led by Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership, was selected because of its “ambition, scale, co-ordination across the public and private sector, and potential for success”.

SPICA is one of 10 SMEs included in the Consortium alongside; Cisco, BT and various Manchester public bodies.

Co-Founder of SPICA, Paul Collins, said: “We are delighted to have played a key part in securing the UK Government IoT Smart Cities Demonstrator competition for Manchester CityVerve. The project will significantly benefit people who live and work across the city. We look forward to continue our support for the initiative moving forward, to deliver the IoT ‘Energy and Environment Management in Public and Commercial Buildings project’, alongside other key Consortium members.”

SPICA is one of 18 early stage tech companies receiving support from Innovation Birmingham’s Entrepreneurs for the Future (e4f) Inspire programme, which delivers a series of workshops, keynote events, entrepreneur dinners, off-site visits, funded internship/apprenticeship placements, and peer group sessions, in order to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial tech companies. Over 120 tech start-ups have been incubated by the e4f programme since November 2009, with over £10 million raised in initial investment rounds.

For more information on Spica Technologies, please visit: http://www.spicatech.co.uk/

For additional information on e4f, visit: www.e4f.co.uk

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