Liverpool's Sensor City has teamed up with international software company Altium to give SMEs access to specialist design software that can rapidly prototype their innovations.

Sensor City said the sponsorship further cements its position as a global hub for sensor technology while improving design productivity and innovation capabilities of businesses in the Liverpool City Region.

Companies working within the building will have access to 100 Altium Designer's on-demand licenses and £75,000 worth of Vault add-onsupport.

Considered as the best printed circuit board design software on the market, Altium's Designer software provides schematic capture, layout and prototyping tools to develop next-generation high-performance electronics.

"Working with a big international organisation like Altium is fantastic and will really benefit Sensor City's internal offering, while also providing local SMEs with technologically advanced design solutions," said Sensor City executive director Alison Mitchell.

John Kenny, head of engineering at Sensor City, added: "Altium Designer and Vault software are essential tools for electronic circuit prototyping and commercial product development.

"Being able to use this high-end software alongside our PCB fabrication facilities will allow us to design and fabricate complex electronics as a fully integrated service."