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The West Midlands Smarter Together Bid Opportunity
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is to invest up to £10 million in a single collaborative R&D project to demonstrate the capability of the Internet of Things in a city region. See here for full Innovate UK competition details.

The Black Country LEP, GBS LEP and C&W LEP have joined forces and submitted a 'Smarter Together' bid as an industrial consortium led by Coventry City Council.

This bid is recognised as a very strong contender to win this competition.  As well as a grant funding, winners will have a unique chance to collaborate with other companies leading in this space and will have a fabulous proving ground and platform to demonstrate their activities and capabilities in order to take their solutions to market going forward with the support of the Digital Catapult, Future Cities Catapult and the Transport Catapult. 
The aim of this demonstrator is to show how the large-scale deployment of the Internet of Things – where everyday objects are connected to a network in order to share their data – can benefit citizens by offering environmental improvements, economic opportunities, and more efficient and effective delivery of services such as transport, healthcare and energy. 
The winning bid is expected to be announced in December.

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