A research on Lancaster University ensure that the UK is a global leader in the privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security (PETRAS) of the “Internet of Things” (IoT).
Lancaster University itself is a part of consortium and has receive £9.8m support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) as part of a £40 million investment programme from the UK Government. It gathers together expertise from the Security Lancaster and Imagination Lancaster Research Centres and Lancaster’s Data Science Institute.
The work will focus on the security for connected devices in critical infrastructure and industrial environment, the creation and use of big data for smart highways maintenance and e-Campus. They will also developing new design technique to create vision on how the Internet of Things will look like in the future.
Rachel Cooper, Professor of Design Management and Policy at Lancaster University, said: “The Internet of Things is shaping up to be the next big digital revolution, with billions of objects becoming connected to the internet.
“These devices will produce unprecedented volumes of data as well as posing significant security challenges and the need for innovative design solutions.
“Working alongside colleagues within the Hub, Lancaster’s expertise will cut across these areas to provide solutions that will help ensure that the IoT brings about its much promised economic and societal benefits to the UK in a way that is safe, secure and robust.”
“UK universities are renowned for their creativity, and pioneering research and development.” Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy Minister on announcing Government funding for the Hub,
“We want the UK to be a world leader in the adoption of Internet of Things technologies, and I know that bringing these universities together with partners from the UK’s thriving tech industry will be instrumental in making this a reality.”
The Hub is a consortium of nine leading universities that have come together and is led by University College London.
Initial IoT work carried out by Lancaster experts as part of the Hub includes studying the security and safety risks posed by the introduction of IoT in industrial infrastructures and developing novel cyber security driven architectures based on the philosophy ‘If it is not cyber secure, it is not safe’.