1. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): www.epsrc.ac.uk
2. Technology Strategy Board: www.innovateuk.org
Universities: Essex, Oxford (Internet Institute), Southampton, Warwick
UK Department of Transport
UK Home Office (Interior Ministry)
Zonerider Networks Ltd.
PROJECTS & INITIATIVES
The Digital Economy is a new €110m broad cross-research council programme, aimed at realising the transformational impact of ICT for all aspects of business, society and government. Three large thematic hubs will be created that bring together academia, businesses as users broadly in the areas of, respectively: a) ubiquitous computing (especially with Creative & Transport sectors) b) rural economy, especially with respect to peculiar healthcare and transport requirements and c) inclusivity, especially with respect to local government, healthcare, transport and with a large user-adopter panel.
The EnCoRe project seeks to develop innovative technological mechanisms to enable and simplify the process of giving and revoking consent for the storage and use of personal data.
The UK has made substantial progress in creating one of the most competitive broadband markets in the world and is seeing 3G mobile starting to make a real impact on services.
The HIPNet project supports the advancement knowledge and skills in the validation and verification of complex next generation networks through a combination of experimental development and modelling.
The initiative aims to establish the first virtual India-UK Advanced Technology Centre (IU-ATC) in Next Generation Networks, Systems and Services, which will put in place the support infrastructure to facilitate, develop and enable the Digital Economy of both countries.
The Intelligent Transport Systems Services (ITSS) Innovation Platform is one of the very first pilots in a new way of thinking to address the societal challenges of travel. Its vision is for the UK and Europe to become a world-leader in innovation in intelligent transport systems and services.
Present and future digital business models rely on interlinked and interdependent information infrastructures, enabled by appropriate security models. The Network Security Innovation Platform (NSIP) from the Technology Strategy Board looks into how to predict and mitigate information risks within digital services and infrastructures.
The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) is part of Oxford University and is devoted to the study of the societal impact of the Internet with a mission to influence research agendas, policy and business practices in the UK and beyond.
User-Managed Access (UMA) is a protocol that enables individuals to use a unified control point for authorizing who and what can get access to their online personal data (such as identity attributes), content (such as photos), and services (such as viewing and creating status updates), no matter where these things live on the web. At this control point, a user can set policy that ensures that only requesters meeting criteria such as having a certain identity, being over a certain age, or being willing to agree to non-disclosure terms can succeed in gaining access. UMA can apply to a wide variety of sharing scenarios, such as sharing social data and calendars with friends, sharing health data securely with medical professionals, giving contract bookkeepers access to small-business financial data, and offering photos for sale. An international team of computer industry professionals, web service providers, and researchers has been involved in designing and implementing the draft UMA specifications.
This input includes a small but representative selection of National initiatives and programmes relevant to the Future Internet that are UK funded.
In addition to these and amongst other funding institutions, the Research Councils are investing in a large number of academia-led programmes and projects with strong relevance to the Future Internet, including a combined €50m in 132 communications projects, a planned circa €100m in the Digital Economy programme and €17 in the e-science programme.
UK organizations are heavily involved and/or leading in FP7 programmes (such as OneLab2)