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R&D Consortium

What is the R&D Consortium? 

BCP Council Smart Place R&D (Research and Development) Consortium is a community working together to deliver pilot projects and solve real challenges with highly innovative technologies. Through the consortium, we are enabling and supporting the digital technologies adoption in the BCP Council area.

Who can become a member?

The R&D Consortium is about bringing together organisations with problems to be solved and technology companies who can develop and implement the most innovative solutions.

The consortium is open to a wide range of end users, digital technology companies and technology vendors. Alongside a passion to solve community challenges, we ask for a willingness to participate in Proof of Concept projects. Memorandums of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreements will be provided.

End users

The R&D Consortium is open to charities, public sector services, educational institutions or another organisations. If you're interested in testing disruptive ways to address your digital transfomation challenges then Smart Place and our R&D Consortium members could help you.

Digital Tech Companies

Over 40 Digital Tech companies have joined the Smart Place R&D Consortium already. We are looking for more companies to help develop cutting-edge solutions to real challenges. These companies will be able to take advantage of the Smart Place 5G, WI-FI and fibre optic experimental connectivity platform.

Technology Vendors

Are you manufacturing and supplying innovative and pioneering connectivity solutions? We are looking for more technology vendors to join the consortium. Help bring the solutions to the community challenges to life.

Benefits of membership

Members will have access to real-life challenging cases to make real differences in the community. Smart Place is planning a suite of community and consortium engagement events, as well as regular communications and workshops between members. A challenge platform is due to be launched soon, giving consortium members the opportunity to easily access, collaborate and solve these real-life challenges.

Want to get involved?

Passionate about contributing to solutions for improving the lives of your local community and helping local businesses? Download our R&D Consortium Brochure for more information.

Contact the Smart Place team to become a member