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Security for the Internet of Things

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The Ministry of Defence is calling for research proposals to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet the security challenges created by the Internet of Things.

For phase 1 of the programme, a number of projects of around £60,000 to £90,000 for a duration of around 3 months are expected to be funded.

Up to a further £1 million will be made available for phase 2. Funding will be considered on a per-project basis.
The internet of things, as a network of multiple connected sensors capable of communicating with their environment, creates security challenges. This competition is looking for research proposals to identify innovative technologies or approaches to meet these challenges.

We live in a ‘sensor-rich’ environment. These sensors connect in ad-hoc, local and mesh networks, operate using different protocols and standards, and use encryption to protect communications. Through this competition we want to know:

  • how can we pull together and visualise data on subjects of interest from a diverse, sensor-rich, loosely connected environment that operates across different protocols and across standards?
  • how can we show how sure we are of a hypothesis that 2 events/users/devices are connected, based on the data gathered?
This competition will be briefed at the CDE Innovation Network event on 1 October 2015 in London and also at a webinar on 8 October 2015.
The competition closes on 29 October 2015 at 5pm.
If you are interested in bidding, please email

Author: Michael Daw

When working for Manchester Met University, I'm responsible for facilitating strategic relationships with businesses and other external organisations. When doing Transition New Mills, I'm on the Steering Committee and facilitating the Energy Action Group.

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