Liverpool-based sensor tech hub Sensor City has launched a new initiative to support businesses with challenges relating to IoT implementation.

The ‘Space to Innovate’ initiative aims to support businesses to successfully design, develop, and implement sensor and IoT technologies across their products or operational infrastructure.

Sensor City, a joint venture project between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next decade, as well as foster industry - academic collaborations.

Members of its latest initiative will be given access to technical expertise and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in an effort to help them improve internal operations and create commercially viable IoT solutions for global markets.

Primarily aimed at scale-up businesses, the membership will offer three packages for businesses wanting to create a wider network, progress product development, or design a bespoke business development programme.

Dr Joanne Phoenix, interim executive director at Sensor City, said, “Digital technologies present huge opportunities for businesses – particularly when it comes to igniting growth.

“Sensor and IoT based technologies have many benefits for businesses whether being incorporated into products themselves or integrated into an organisation’s operational delivery. However, as a leading hub specialising in both technologies we know that businesses can often struggle with migration.

“That’s why we’ve developed a new membership package which will provide businesses with the support, guidance, and access to equipment they need to get IoT and sensor-based products off the ground and into the market quickly.”

Sensor city has also developed a free guide which tackles the operational challenges of migrating to an IoT-based infrastructure.

The 2020 Guide to IoT Adoption contains advice for businesses looking to realise their IoT projects and has been created in collaboration with industry and academic experts.