Autumn Statement: Internet of Things and Smart Infrastructure

24 Nov 2016 02:45 PM

Interesting boosts announced for companies in the Internet of Things and Smart Infrastructure sectors as Chancellor backs technology to supercharge economy.

The Chancellor’s Autumn Statement was an important one for tech in general and contained several interesting boosts for companies in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Infrastructure sectors. The most eye catching was the creation of a National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) which will target four areas: digital communications, transport, research and development and housing. It will provide £23bn in funding between 2017-18 and 2021-22. There was also the announcement of a wide-ranging study to be undertaken by the National Infrastructure Commission into technology and infrastructure.

Digital Communications

As part of the NIPF, the Government will invest over £740m by 2020-21 in digital communications. The aim is to “bring faster and more reliable broadband for homes and businesses across the UK, boost the next generation of mobile connectivity and keep the UK in the forefront of the development of the Internet of Things”.

Transport

Smart Cities

Whilst there was no additional funding for smart city pilots, the Government recommitted itself to the devolution agenda. This included the confirmation of investment funds for both the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine

Smarter Infrastructure

Whilst it was lost amongst other headlines the Chancellor announced that he had instructed the National Infrastructure Commission to undertake a study into how “new technology could enhance our infrastructure”. The remit is to:

The study is set to be published by the end of 2017 and will be in addition to the National Infrastructure Assessment. We will be engaging with both of these studies.

 >> Check out the full round-up of techUK’s Autumn Statement