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Cameron pledges more cash for IoT projects

Cameron pledges more cash for IoT projects

David Cameron has pledged an additional £45M in funding for Internet of Things projects during his joint keynote with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at this year's CeBIT show.

Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have jointly opened this year's CeBIT trade show in Hanover with the promise of a cooperative agreement to boost technological progress in their respective nations, with a particular focus on 5G and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Opening the event, Cameron told attendees that 'countries like the UK and Germany will only succeed with a relentless stride for innovation.' Accordingly, he announced a partnership on the development of 5G mobile connectivity between the Universities of Surrey and Dresden and Kings College London and placed his support behind moves to eliminate roaming charges throughout the EU through the formation of a unified market.

More interesting, however, was Cameron's announcement of cash funding for Internet of Things projects. 'I see the Internet of Things as a huge transformative development,' he claimed, 'a way of boosting productivity, of keeping us healthier, making transport more efficient, reducing energy needs, tackling climate change. Take British ingenuity in software, services and design, add German excellence in engineering and industrial manufacturing and together we can lead in this new revolution.'

Cameron's speech comes with a monetary element: a pot of cash already set aside to provide grants to boost the development of IoT-related technologies is being increased by £45 million to £73 million. The move comes some two years after Intel opened up an IoT research and development network in the UK, and will have Sir Mark Walport, chief scientific adviser to the government, reviewing how the money can best be spent.

Merkel announced her support for Cameron's speech, describing her delight in the UK acting as the partner country for the CeBIT event this year while also admitting that it was a 'miracle' that the two nations could support each other so closely given this year marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

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Corky42 10th March 2014, 12:23 Quote
Add another £300 million to that and we would match what Huawei has already said it's investing in 5G.
Nexxo 10th March 2014, 13:11 Quote
It's so the government has more ways to spy on us. :p You can never trust your toaster again...
Shirty 10th March 2014, 13:13 Quote
That was my very first thought also. GCHQ must be rubbing their hands together with glee at the prospect of watching teens terrorists in the shower, from their internet connected taps.
RedFlames 10th March 2014, 13:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
It's so the government has more ways to spy on us. :p You can never trust your toaster again...

He has his toast on the dark side... GET HIM!!!
Corky42 10th March 2014, 14:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
It's so the government has more ways to spy on us. :p You can never trust your toaster again...
I didn't trust my toaster even before the government pledge £73 million squid of our money to the IoT. He wants everyone to eat toast all of the time. He's obsessed with it. And if you don't want to eat, like, four hundreds rounds of toast every hour, he throws a major wobbly.
Nexxo 10th March 2014, 14:44 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
He has his toast on the dark side... GET HIM!!!

ROFL :)
Phil Rhodes 10th March 2014, 15:15 Quote
You think that fat tory even knows what an internet is?
iggy 10th March 2014, 15:16 Quote
nope, but he knows its more important than flood victims.
Nexxo 10th March 2014, 15:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
You think that fat tory even knows what an internet is?

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loftie 10th March 2014, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
It's so the government has more ways to spy on us. :p You can never trust your toaster again...

Frakkin' toasters
aramil 10th March 2014, 18:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by loftie
Frakkin' toasters

I hear they look like us now........ :D
Nexxo 10th March 2014, 19:51 Quote
It's all over, it's a wipe out! They're almost us!
mi1ez 10th March 2014, 20:04 Quote
Howdy Doodly-do!

No one else?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec
Snips 10th March 2014, 21:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
You think that fat tory even knows what an internet is?

Yeah I almost forgot the other party were such a good thing for the country when they were in power..........
Nexxo 10th March 2014, 22:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by mi1ez
Howdy Doodly-do!

No one else?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRq_SAuQDec

Man, how could I have forgotten that one?!
Phil Rhodes 11th March 2014, 01:48 Quote
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Yeah I almost forgot the other party were such a good thing for the country when they were in power..........

Please don't mistake my disdain for any particular politician as support for any other. I mention Cameron because he's in the photo, and for no other reason.

Although this is an opportunity to once again recall that cringe-gland-rupturing Gordon Brown "do you find them good" moment, so thanks!
Corky42 11th March 2014, 07:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by Snips
Yeah I almost forgot the other party were such a good thing for the country when they were in power..........
It's what you get when we have governments stuffed with Oxbridge educated people that wouldn't know what RL was if you hit them over the head with it.
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