Big Data Corridor Project: new support programme for SMEs working with Big Data

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'Big Data Corridor: A New Business Economy' is a new digital project launched in Birmingham. The £2.453 m project is funded by the European Union under the European Regional Development Fund and is match-funded by seven project partners including Birmingham City Council, Aston University, Birmingham City University, EnableID, Innovation Birmingham, Telensa and West Midlands Combined Authority.

Project Partners will work together to help businesses in Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) area understand ways and benefits of using data from Internet of Things and the Data Economy environment for development of new products and services. Eligible Small/Medium enterprises(1) already working with or looking to unlock the potential of  big data to develop new products/services will have access to a fully funded range of support to accelerate early product development. This will include workshops to develop new knowledge and skills, technical expertise and advice, business support and access to a data platform and incubator space.

The core of the project will constitute the development of a data rich environment – data analysis and visualisation platform. The platform will combine open data from various sources – Birmingham City Council, transport, energy, healthcare sources – with data from ‘disruptive technology’ implementations, such as photonics (smart lighting; optical fibre sensing) or weather adaptive street lighting. Local SMEs will be able to compete with the best nationally and internationally, through access to new data streams and new technologies.

The project has a specific focus on challenges within the East Birmingham Corridor - health, wellbeing and mobility. Among the project objectives is the development of six smart demonstrator activities for the area. The project will run for 3 years, until the autumn of 2019. The outputs of the project include assistance to local businesses within the GBSLEP area and creation of new jobs.

“With Birmingham being one of the largest and fast developing regional urban areas in Europe, it has attracted significant infrastructure investment over the course of the last decade and is now benefiting from a number of digital projects, such as Smart Cities, HS2 Digital Futures and Smart city demonstrator in the Eastern Corridor. These projects have been a real success for the city. Big Data Corridor project will give an opportunity to tap into vast amount of Big Data the city generates, develop new products and create new jobs”, says Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality.

SMEs interested to participate in the programme are invited to submit their expression of interest via a survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/BigDataCorridor/ that will help the project team to develop tailored services..

Applications for participation in the Big Data Corridor Project will become available to SMEs in Spring 2017. To register your expression of interest, click on: https://www.gbslepgrowthhub.co.uk/programmes/big-data-corridor


(1) Fully funded support is available to SMEs based in the GBSLEP who are looking to develop new products/services from big data.



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