The Innovation Space: Sensor City

The Innovation Space: Sensor City

Exterior Of Sensor CityIn this article we meet Sensor City, a global hub for the development of sensor technology & rapid prototyping, and talk to Elizabeth Farrington, Marketing Manager, to find out more about the award-winning innovation hub.

Tell us about Sensor City and what you do?

Sensor City is enabling businesses to undertake rapid prototype development and promote their sensor solutions and IoT applications to a global market. We are a global development hub for the development of sensor technologies and solutions.

Backed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Sensor City is a joint venture between University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University and is one of only four University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) in the UK.

What are the challenges Sensor City are helping to address?

Many companies need support in balancing the facilitation of creative design with the practicalities of business, as well as sourcing the tools, knowledge, and – crucially – the contacts needed to make their ideas a reality. One of the ways we are helping companies to achieve this is by creating a space where start-ups and entrepreneurs have access to bespoke technical and business support, as they move along the innovation journey towards commercialisation.

Since opening our doors in November 2017, we have been busy supporting businesses by:

  • undertaking numerous engineering projects
  • making introductions to finance providers,
  • and, facilitating internship programmes, to boost the growth potential of their operations.

We are also providing practical advice to companies looking to accelerating their journey with IoT.

By capitalising on the world-leading research, facilities and student talent available at Sensor City, companies within our network can de-risk innovation and more confidently embrace digital technologies, strengthening and ultimately futureproofing their operations.  

What organisations do Sensor City collaborate with?Sensor City Labs V2

We work with companies across all industries and at all levels, including graduate start-ups, regional scale-ups and multinational corporations. As well as working directly for these companies, we encourage collaboration between our membership base and facilitate introductions between our academic and industry contacts.

 Sensor City is a partner in both regional and national programmes, including the Northern Powerhouse, LCR 4.0 and Liverpool 5G Health & Social Care Consortium.

How is the future shaping up for Sensor City and what is there to come?

The growth of connected devices and the Internet of Things has inevitably led to the growth of sensor technology. When coupled with the rise of big data and other Industry 4.0 technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning, the possibilities spread far further than most know today.

Through its business growth support activities, Sensor City aims to create 300 start-up businesses and 1,000 jobs over the next decade, capitalising on the digital revolution and benefitting Liverpool City Region as a whole.

We’re also looking to spearhead a Smart Cities project, bringing together regional stakeholders to transform the way we manage, think about, and interact with our urban environments. This includes everything from smart buildings and transport hubs to the Internet of Medical Things.

What accomplishments are Sensor City most proud of?

Thanks to our expanding team of experts, we have developed a thriving, collaborative and specialist community who are helping put Liverpool on the map for sensor technologies. We have been recognised as a leading knowledge and technical centre and have won multiple awards as a result of our dedication to driving innovation.

The Sensor City building has also hosted internationally renowned conferences, welcomed high profile ministers through its doors and currently houses over 20 dynamic SMEs.


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