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<strong>CENSIS</strong> <strong>Review</strong><br />

<strong>2013</strong> – <strong>2016</strong><br />


Bob Downes<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> Chairman<br />

“A great deal has been<br />

accomplished and this<br />

review showcases the<br />

many ways in which we are<br />

helping businesses with<br />

their sensor and imaging<br />

systems challenges.”<br />

Bob Downes<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> Chairman<br />

Welcome<br />

I am pleased to introduce this overview of some<br />

of the activities that have taken place at <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

since the Innovation Centre was founded in <strong>2013</strong><br />

with the support of the Scottish Funding Council,<br />

Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands<br />

Enterprise. A great deal has been accomplished<br />

and this review showcases the many ways in<br />

which we are helping businesses with their<br />

sensor and imaging systems challenges.<br />

Mirage, our largest strategic research project to date is a £6M private-public<br />

sector investment in the development of compound semiconductor platform<br />

technologies that will see key skilled jobs and technologies being created<br />

in Scotland. Other highlights include the IoT Centre, formed in response to<br />

industry requests to support the rapid development of end-to-end sensor<br />

systems solutions using IoT technologies. You will also read about our latest<br />

large-scale initiative, the LoRa IoT network, developed in conjunction with<br />

industry partners and public sector organisations across Scotland to help<br />

generate even wider business growth.<br />

This review features highlights of innovative projects that have been<br />

generated with the support and knowhow of the <strong>CENSIS</strong> team. The projects<br />

are extremely diverse, covering everything from environmental risk<br />

monitoring and management to rail track maintenance; and from subsea<br />

systems to pharmaceuticals. However, the common element they all share<br />

is that <strong>CENSIS</strong> is helping to overcome the significant practical challenges<br />

involved in taking innovation to the marketplace. One of our key strengths<br />

is our ability to deliver Technology Readiness Level (TRL) uplift with our<br />

collaborative projects and we work very hard to help companies and their<br />

academic partners tackle the ‘valley of death technology gap’. At <strong>CENSIS</strong>,<br />

I am very proud to say that the majority of projects we support bridge this<br />

gap, with most starting at TRL 3 and finishing at TRL 6.<br />

As an industry-led innovation hub for intelligent sensor systems, <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

has at its heart the values, expertise and experience needed to support<br />

business growth and strengthen economic development in Scotland. Our<br />

knowledge of the technical and research landscape continues to grow<br />

and our developing strengths have helped us to break new ground and<br />

strengthen existing Scottish supply chains.<br />

I want to especially thank all of our stakeholders and partners for their<br />

support and I look forward to bringing you all further updates on our<br />

progress in the years to come.<br />

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“It is fantastic to see how<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> is succeeding<br />

in gaining mindshare in<br />

Scotland. Your ventures<br />

into IoT are an exciting<br />

area of collaboration and<br />

I look forward to this<br />

continuing and building<br />

on the relationships that<br />

we’ve developed with the<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> team to date.”<br />

Douglas McGarrie<br />

CTO IBM Scotland<br />

Contents<br />

Sensing Opportunities for Scotland ......................... 4<br />

Project and Activity Highlights ................................. 8<br />

Making an Impact ................................................... 14<br />

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IoT Centre<br />

“We had great help from<br />

the IoT Centre team with<br />

selecting the technology<br />

and providing proof of<br />

concept code. Being able<br />

to hot desk for one or two<br />

days a week in <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

is very useful to allow<br />

development work to be<br />

carried out away from dayto-day<br />

interruptions. We<br />

believe that there could<br />

be significant gains to be<br />

had with get-togethers<br />

with other like-minded<br />

companies – using <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

as a hub to promote<br />

knowledge transfer and to<br />

encourage innovation.”<br />

John Ashley<br />

Technical Services Manager,<br />

FUELlink Systems<br />

Sensing Opportunities<br />

for Scotland<br />

Fast-tracking IoT solutions: the IoT Centre<br />

The IoT Centre is a facility within <strong>CENSIS</strong> to help businesses overcome many of the<br />

challenges they face in product development around the Internet of Things (IoT) and<br />

is designed to help businesses – normally SMEs – take an IoT product from concept to<br />

prototype in a fraction of the time normally required.<br />

There are different levels of engagement<br />

available depending on the individual need:<br />

n Access to a complete suite of<br />

development devices and software from<br />

world-leading vendors; everything from<br />

hardware to cloud storage<br />

n Stress testing and validation of ideas<br />

n Hot desk space<br />

n Mentoring and support from a skilled<br />

industry-experienced team of hardware,<br />

IoT Centre ‘graduates’ already include:<br />

software and firmware engineers with<br />

50+ years’ collective experience<br />

n The Urban Farming Company<br />

n Connection to <strong>CENSIS</strong>’ professional<br />

n OBrand Communications<br />

networks<br />

n FUELlink Systems<br />

n A professional, high spec demonstration n Sensor-Works<br />

area to showcase products to potential<br />

n Sansible Wearables<br />

investors.<br />

Mirage<br />

“This project is an<br />

excellent example<br />

of how collaborative<br />

working can support<br />

the development of<br />

advanced manufacturing<br />

technologies, boosting<br />

productivity and driving<br />

growth. Innovation<br />

Centres have a unique role<br />

to play in engaging with<br />

businesses to identify new<br />

solutions and we would<br />

like to see more of these<br />

types of projects develop<br />

in the future.”<br />

John Swinney MSP<br />

Deputy First Minister<br />

of Scotland<br />

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Mirage: Enhancing Scotland’s global<br />

sensor capabilities<br />

This groundbreaking project will place<br />

Scotland at the forefront of the £7 billion<br />

global sensors and imaging systems market,<br />

deliver significant economic growth and<br />

onshore 41 highly skilled research and<br />

manufacturing jobs from Asia. The project is<br />

expected to deliver £56 million to the Scottish<br />

economy over the next 10 years and will give<br />

the companies involved a critical competitive<br />

edge in the global mid-IR sensors market.<br />

The project, backed by Scottish Enterprise<br />

and <strong>CENSIS</strong>, will provide the organisations<br />

involved with unique access to III-V<br />

semiconductors, allowing them to create<br />

cutting-edge, quality mid-IR sensors in high<br />

volumes with greater sensitivity, lower cost,<br />

reduced energy use and a longer lifespan than<br />

existing products. These can be employed<br />

in a wealth of applications including: thermal<br />

imagers, building management, vehicle safety<br />

(CO 2<br />

) and pollution expertise.<br />

Bringing significant production capability<br />

back to the UK allows us to innovate much<br />

more quickly. Access to these materials and<br />

the technology used to produce them will<br />

develop Scotland’s technical skills in advanced<br />

sensors and imaging systems. Further<br />

innovation and engineering breakthroughs<br />

are expected via continuing collaborative<br />

research and sharing of expertise.

<strong>CENSIS</strong> <strong>Review</strong> <strong>2013</strong> – <strong>2016</strong><br />

LoRa: Paving the way for the Internet of Things<br />

boston<br />

networks<br />

By 2020, it is estimated that there will be 20Bn<br />

connected devices in the world requiring IoT<br />

networks. The major growth sector in the<br />

IoT solutions market - valued in the trillions<br />

of dollars - will be small, autonomous devices<br />

servicing new business and information<br />

models and covering every area of our lives<br />

– from smart cities and smart homes (think<br />

street lights to refuse collection to home<br />

appliances), to precision agriculture and food<br />

production, industrial automation, asset<br />

tracking and wearable devices.<br />

LoRa is an embedded wireless networking<br />

standard to support IoT. The technology<br />

addresses the demands presented by ever<br />

increasing numbers of connected devices<br />

by offering long-range connectivity and<br />

low power operation, with a low cost that<br />

avoids the need for complex installations<br />

and supports high volume deployment.<br />

This combination will be transformative in<br />

enabling IoT connectivity to new types of<br />

devices and applications as well as enabling<br />

and delivering new business solutions.<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> is a member of the LoRa Alliance,<br />

a non-profit organisation focused on<br />

standardising LoRa and creating a strong<br />

ecosystem to scale the technology, and<br />

began a roll out of LoRa projects across<br />

Scotland in the summer of <strong>2016</strong> that include:<br />

Glasgow: across City Centre,<br />

Merchant City, West End<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong>, Stream Technologies,<br />

Semtech, Boston Networks<br />

In conjunction with the University of Glasgow,<br />

University of Strathclyde and Glasgow<br />

Caledonian University, the network enables<br />

the development and use of devices such as<br />

building and indoor environmental monitors,<br />

pollution sensors, tags for tracking valuable<br />

assets and social care devices designed to<br />

support independent living.<br />

Features of the Glasgow city network are:<br />

n Ubiquitous connection within the city<br />

n 5-year battery life potential<br />

n Location determination without<br />

power drain<br />

In addition to its attractiveness for use<br />

case development, Glasgow was selected<br />

as the development location for LoRa<br />

technology because of its similarities to<br />

many major metropolitan areas worldwide.<br />

Glasgow includes a grid system like major<br />

US conurbations, older historic spaces and a<br />

mix of urban and extra-urban environments<br />

– all of which are ideal for testing lowpower<br />

radio network performance.<br />

Inverness: An Lòchran campus<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong>, Stream Technologies,<br />

SPICA Technologies<br />

The partners have installed 50 LoRa<br />

connected sensors as part of An Lòchran,<br />

a new £13-million business hub shared<br />

by Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the<br />

University of the Highlands and Islands, and<br />

Scotland’s Rural University College.<br />

The devices will monitor temperature,<br />

humidity, noise, CO 2<br />

and light with the aim<br />

of delivering greater efficiencies and energy<br />

savings in the building and optimise the<br />

working environment. By generating a new<br />

innovation flow in the Highlands, LoRa will<br />

also give businesses access to emerging IoT<br />

technologies and can support companies<br />

in developing new products and services.<br />

Additionally, the system shows the art of<br />

the possible and acts as a bridgehead for<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> support and is part of our future<br />

geographical inclusion model.<br />

LoRa<br />

“This has the potential<br />

to be as disruptive to<br />

businesses as the internet<br />

has been already to daily<br />

life – and Scotland is at<br />

the forefront of making<br />

that happen.”<br />

Dr Mark Begbie<br />

Business Development<br />

Director, <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

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IoTUK Boost<br />

Feedback from<br />

participants<br />

“Genuinely the last two<br />

days were the most useful<br />

I have had in the last six<br />

months.”<br />

Dane Ralston<br />

Losstek<br />

“Congratulations on a<br />

fabulous IoT UK Boost<br />

event. It was intense...<br />

as they say. A job well<br />

done – please pass on my<br />

thanks to the rest of your<br />

team. Really enjoyed the<br />

networking, the sessions<br />

and yes, even the pitching.<br />

It certainly generated a<br />

great ‘community’ and<br />

supportive atmosphere<br />

and from my side, it was<br />

great to catch up with<br />

some familiar faces, meet<br />

new ones and make some<br />

really useful connections.”<br />

Michael Groves<br />

Topolytics<br />

“I wanted to say that this<br />

particular format is by far<br />

the best, in my opinion.<br />

I think the areas the<br />

speakers covered, and the<br />

Innovation Centres being<br />

present, it adds good<br />

value to starting SMEs.<br />

Thanks for giving us the<br />

opportunity to be part of it.”<br />

Trias Gkikopoulos<br />

Eaglei Systems<br />

Sensing Opportunities<br />

for Scotland<br />

Supporting Scotland’s IoT<br />

innovators<br />

IoTUK Boost Competition<br />

Workshop<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> was selected as one of four regional partners for the IoTUK Boost initiative, a<br />

programme designed to convene and amplify the UK’s IoT industry to help business and<br />

economic growth.<br />

Hosted by <strong>CENSIS</strong> in conjunction with The Data Lab and Informatics Ventures, 18 SMEs<br />

were selected to attend a workshop in February <strong>2016</strong>. At the end of two days, participants<br />

pitched their business plan to a panel of expert judges. Five were selected to progress to<br />

a month’s worth of incubation support and mentoring to help them in the first stages of<br />

bringing their commercial idea to market.<br />

IoTUK Boost winners were:<br />

n Sansible Wearables (also<br />

awarded ‘One to Watch’ award<br />

by IoTUK, allowing the company<br />

to pitch to investors at the<br />

international BLN IoT Forum <strong>2016</strong>)<br />

n FUELlink Systems (product<br />

expected in market November <strong>2016</strong>)<br />

n OBrand Communications<br />

n Rapport Network<br />

n The WindOP<br />

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A quiet revolution in a Scottish forest<br />

TV White Space (TVWS)<br />

boston<br />

networks<br />

According to Ofcom’s latest data, most of the UK still only receives the lowest level of 3G<br />

coverage, and in a country with Scotland’s topography that can be a major challenge –<br />

particularly for tourist destinations which are often in remote locations.<br />

In May 2015, <strong>CENSIS</strong> carried out a successful pilot project to bring an emerging networking<br />

approach - TV White Space (TVWS) – to the Enduro World Series mountain biking<br />

competition at Glentress in the Scottish Borders, allowing the event organisers to provide<br />

and make use of live video streaming, increased access to data and enhanced automation<br />

for its staff and spectators.<br />

This breakthrough for connectivity gave the project partners a unique opportunity to gain<br />

an early lead with the technology, which is on the cusp of widespread adoption. Significant<br />

progress is now being made on introducing this technology across the world, in both<br />

mature and emerging markets, thanks in part to such demonstrator projects.<br />

Sensing the city<br />

Low-cost mobile sensor network for air quality<br />

Organisations responsible for monitoring urban air quality currently gather most of their data<br />

from fixed monitoring stations. While these are very accurate, they are expensive, costly to<br />

maintain, and do not provide a detailed picture of what is happening across the city, e.g., what<br />

is the air quality like a few streets away from the fixed station? Currently, modelling techniques<br />

have to be used to build the bigger picture.<br />

In partnership with the University of Strathclyde’s Institute for Future Cities, <strong>CENSIS</strong> has<br />

developed a flexible low cost and low power mobile sensor system designed to supplement –<br />

and complement – these static base stations.<br />

A pilot project in spring <strong>2016</strong> saw the system installed on some of the University of<br />

Strathclyde’s fleet of vans, providing near real-time air quality data from wherever the vehicle<br />

was located. An interactive web-based user dashboard visualised the data, allowing interaction<br />

with the cloud services and supporting the capabiliity to embed data processing and analytics<br />

outputs as these are developed. The system is also capable of gathering data in the volume<br />

and with the rapidity required to support model comparison and to identify trends.<br />

Future plans for the project are to grow coverage, introduce analytics, extend communication<br />

protocols and optimise sensor detection sensitivity. The project is also moving to trial with<br />

Transport Scotland.<br />

Modern farming: the Agricultural Engineering<br />

Precision Innovation (Agri-EPI) Centre<br />

TV White Space<br />

“The results of this quiet<br />

revolution could have<br />

incredible consequences<br />

for many of the country’s<br />

remote tourist attractions<br />

– TV White Space could<br />

connect them with the<br />

rest of the world for the<br />

first time.”<br />

Ian Reid<br />

CEO, <strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

Science of<br />

Sensor Systems<br />

Software (S4)<br />

The Universities of Glasgow<br />

and St Andrews, along with<br />

Liverpool University and Imperial<br />

College London, are to share<br />

£4.2M from the Engineering<br />

and Physical Sciences Research<br />

Council (EPSRC) to investigate<br />

the delivery of more reliable<br />

sensor-based systems and the<br />

decisions they support, for<br />

example: the development<br />

of water networks, air quality<br />

monitoring, autonomous driving<br />

and advanced manufacturing.<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong>, in its support of the<br />

programme, will work with<br />

the universities and the sensor<br />

systems community to identify<br />

challenges, develop collaborative<br />

projects, and provide access to<br />

expertise and resources.<br />

By 2020, precision agriculture is set to be worth £2.3 billion globally. Amidst this revolution,<br />

the Agri-EPI Centre has been established to ensure the UK increases its status as one of the<br />

world leaders in the sector. Initial areas of interest for the Centre include automated vehicles,<br />

unmanned aerial vehicles, instrumentation to monitor operations and performance of cropping<br />

systems, as well as sensing and imaging technologies to monitor crop and livestock production.<br />

As Agri-EPI members, <strong>CENSIS</strong> will deliver LoRa LPWAN connectivity to a number of farms<br />

initially, with extension to aquaculture sites in the longer term. We will use this to support the<br />

development, deployment and evaluation of new sensing and monitoring approaches. These<br />

will increase yield, support lowered costs and improve husbandry standards.<br />

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Project and<br />

Activity Highlights<br />

Aecom<br />

With UK Astronomy Technology Centre<br />

Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) data from satellites is routinely used to monitor oceans and<br />

large bodies of inland water. It is as yet unproven however in the field of shallow and narrow<br />

waterways.<br />

AECOM and UK ATC worked together to lay the basis for the development of next<br />

generation compact and portable HSI imagers and data analytics tailored to monitoring<br />

confined water bodies.<br />

Amethyst Research<br />

With University of Dundee<br />

New uses for infra-red spectroscopy and infra-red cameras were explored in this project, to<br />

identify biological and chemical deposits which otherwise could be difficult to see.<br />

The three month long project demonstrated the significant benefit infra-red imaging technology<br />

could bring within the field of crime scene investigation to identifying relevant evidence.<br />

Biogelx<br />

With University of Strathclyde<br />

This project aims to develop a bio-imaging platform that can perform accurate, live,<br />

intracellular analysis of cells in 3D.<br />

The most prominent market segment where live intracellular imaging is key is stem cell<br />

research, which will impact areas such as tissue engineering and cell therapy.<br />

With a focus on monitoring stem cells, this platform can address the need for both improved<br />

cell-imaging capabilities, whilst ensuring the cells are grown in a tissue-like environment<br />

using sophisticated hydrogel technology.<br />

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Cascade Technologies<br />

With University of Glasgow<br />

The aim of this project was to address the high-level challenge of developing, safe, reliable<br />

and cost-effective technologies for the emerging shale gas market.<br />

The team developed and demonstrated a network of open path gas sensing platforms<br />

capable of continuous and remote operation to localise and monitor fugitive emissions of<br />

gases from unconventional extraction sites.<br />

Findlay Irvine<br />

With Heriot-Watt University<br />

This collaboration explored a new sensor system to measure voids under railway sleepers as<br />

trains pass. Deploying wireless accelerometers directly to railway track infrastructure allows<br />

for the real time monitoring of railway track movements during train passage.<br />

Although signal processing challenges have previously prevented the development of<br />

such a commercial product, a new algorithm has the potential to overcome these and be<br />

expanded to measure railway voiding.<br />

Gas Sensing Solutions<br />

With Glasgow Caledonian University<br />

The investigation of intelligent sensor systems with applications for the built environment,<br />

telehealthcare and the oil and gas industries was the challenge for this project. The team<br />

investigated the possibilities of smart Sensors as embedded intelligent self-learning<br />

systems. This would allow sensors to anticipate and respond to changing conditions with<br />

minimal human intervention, helping to provide comfortable living environments, reduce<br />

power consumption and protect the environment.<br />

Gas Sensing Solutions and Wideblue<br />

With the University of the West of Scotland<br />

GSS also collaborated on a project with Wideblue and the University of the West of Scotland<br />

on the feasibility of a portable respiratory device for sports and exercise.<br />

The team aimed to establish measured and modelled performance data and provide a go/<br />

no go decision as to feasibility for using the new Wideblue/GSS medical capnometers in<br />

exercise science and recreational sports applications.<br />

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Hydrason Solutions<br />

With Heriot-Watt University<br />

This project (WACEMM) investigated how the capabilities of Hydrason’s Wideband Sonar<br />

system (WBS) could be further enhanced to improve its performance.<br />

The WBS system can accurately locate an underwater object and identify its structure and<br />

composition without making any direct contact. This is useful in areas such as subsea or<br />

coastal surveying, asset and integrity management, and flow assurance.<br />

The project aimed to further improve underwater object recognition performance, allowing<br />

even greater environmental, seabed and structural detail.<br />

ICT Innovation for Manufacturing<br />

SMEs (I4MS)<br />

With the Advanced Forming Research Centre, part of the UK’s High<br />

Value Manufacturing Catapult and Scottish Enterprise<br />

This EU initiative aims to build a network of Regional Digital Manufacturing Innovation<br />

(RDMI) hubs; helping companies plan and prepare for the introduction of advanced digital<br />

manufacturing processes (known as Industry 4.0).<br />

The partnership is supporting a six-month feasibility study to examine the business case<br />

for the establishment of a Scottish RDMI hub. <strong>CENSIS</strong>’s role involves developing the supply<br />

chain of SMEs in the SIS space that can bring expertise to the growing digital manufacturing<br />

ecosystem.<br />

Innovent Technology<br />

With University of Strathclyde and National Physical Laboratory (NPL)<br />

This collaboration investigated the feasibility of a scanning technique to measure the depth<br />

of back fat on live animals. The developed instrument and methodology will enable more<br />

accurate indication for back fat, improving management and nutrition, lowering production<br />

costs and increasing the selection accuracy of animals for slaughter.<br />

The proposed new system could provide an alternative to existing ultrasound livestock back<br />

fat scanners that require direct contact with the skin to produce effective measurements.<br />

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Optos<br />

With University of Glasgow<br />

Optos has carried out two <strong>CENSIS</strong> projects. The first explored the correction of optical<br />

aberrations for improved image quality in Optos scanning laser ophthalmoscopes.<br />

An additional project aimed to enhance the Optos QA process through the development<br />

and implementation of an automated image artefact detection scheme that will flag<br />

potential faults during the manufacturing process.<br />

Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult<br />

This collaborative project with <strong>CENSIS</strong> delivered a review of the state-of-the-art sensors<br />

and imaging systems for detecting the presence of marine mammals in the vicinity of tidal<br />

turbines.<br />

The review identified current practice in tidal turbine collision risk technologies and<br />

explored where existing systems could be improved and further optimised.<br />

Renishaw<br />

With Heriot-Watt University<br />

Using Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) technology, this project aimed to design,<br />

manufacture and test a cutting edge yet robust magnetic transducer system.<br />

Today’s magnetic transducers of this type are largely based on planar 2D sensing coils. This<br />

project investigated the development of a 3D transducer using low-cost LTCC technology.<br />

SMS Oilfield<br />

With Robert Gordon University<br />

Many of the world’s oil and gas reserves are contained in sandstone reservoirs. Sand’s<br />

abrasive impact can erode flow lines and lead to clogged production equipment.<br />

By exploring improved data analytics and algorithms for sand monitoring, this activity is<br />

looking at ways in which to enable real-time intelligent management of sand in production<br />

flow, with the aim of improving safety and overall equipment effectiveness, improving the<br />

productivity of onshore and offshore operations and reducing intervention costs.<br />

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Scottish Water<br />

With University of Strathclyde<br />

Scottish Water holds and gathers vast data sets relating to water and wastewater pumping<br />

stations and their related operating environments. Pumps are often deployed in remote<br />

and demanding environments, where failure can impact quality of service and repairs<br />

can be costly and time consuming. By investigating techniques to identify key signatures<br />

within large volumes of sensor-derived data, the project aimed to allow the organisation to<br />

optimise the performance of its equipment in the field.<br />

Thales UK Glasgow<br />

With University of the West of Scotland<br />

The challenge of this collaboration was to develop an algorithm that can process lowresolution<br />

infrared imagery to recognise vehicles and humans, and identify the vehicle’s<br />

type in real time with limited processing hardware. The developed algorithm contains two<br />

key elements: (i) advanced image restoration and (ii) automatic detection and recognition.<br />

Topolytics<br />

With University of St Andrews<br />

TM<br />

This is a collaborative pilot project with Topolytics, the University of St Andrews, CalaChem,<br />

Air Monitors Ltd and the Scottish Government.<br />

Incorporating the university’s statistical models into Topolytics software will help identify<br />

and eliminate many of the false positives that can crop up. This will enhance decisionmaking<br />

by allowing users to better understand and have more confidence in data produced<br />

by environmental sensors.<br />

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<strong>CENSIS</strong> <strong>Review</strong> <strong>2013</strong> – <strong>2016</strong><br />

A review of <strong>CENSIS</strong> activity<br />

<strong>2013</strong>-<strong>2016</strong><br />

Project portfolio: maturing TRLs<br />

No. of projects<br />

16<br />

14<br />

Project Start TRL<br />

Project Finish TRL<br />

12<br />

10<br />

8<br />

6<br />

4<br />

2<br />

0<br />

0<br />

-2<br />

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9<br />

TRL Level<br />

Current project portfolio<br />

£12.5m<br />

Current GVA up to<br />

£82m<br />

Project sectors<br />

Industrial and<br />

Manufacturing<br />

Natural and Built<br />

Environment<br />

Subsea, Offshore<br />

and Marine<br />

Health, Wellbeing<br />

and Life Sciences<br />

Defence<br />

CBNRE<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> assets<br />

IoT Centre<br />

LoRa<br />

Digital Subsea<br />

/Offshore<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> international reach<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> community<br />

Germany<br />

Spain<br />

China<br />

Japan<br />

Berlin<br />

Munich<br />

Barcelona<br />

Madrid<br />

Zaragoza<br />

Chongqing<br />

Shanghai<br />

Tokyo<br />

1350+<br />

We have over<br />

1350 followers<br />

on Twitter<br />

@<strong>CENSIS</strong>121<br />

3500+<br />

There are over<br />

3500 companies,<br />

universities<br />

and research groups<br />

in our database.<br />

1250+<br />

Events attended<br />

or organised by<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong> staff.<br />

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Making an Impact<br />

The Innovation Centres in Scotland<br />

As part of <strong>2016</strong>’s Year of Innovation Architecture and Design, Scotland’s<br />

eight Innovation Centres came together to celebrate Scottish innovation.<br />

Activity centred around a showcase event in June, TEDxGlasgow. Exploring the theme of ‘A<br />

disruptive world’ and attracting over 1000 delegates, TEDxGlasgow was one of a worldwide<br />

group of conferences in the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) family that offers<br />

‘Ideas worth spreading’.<br />

On the day, delegates were introduced to ‘Innovation Avenue’, the ICs’ tailor made<br />

interactive exhibition<br />

that explored a range of<br />

technologies associated<br />

with the different Centres.<br />

This was supplemented<br />

by exploratory workshops<br />

around the subject of the<br />

future of Scottish innovation.<br />

TEDx also saw the launch of the<br />

Centres’ joint website<br />

www.innovationcentres.scot<br />

featuring the new IC video.<br />

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<strong>CENSIS</strong> <strong>Review</strong> <strong>2013</strong> – <strong>2016</strong><br />

Meeting future innovators<br />

As well as our annual Technology Summit and Conference which has taken<br />

place in both Edinburgh and Glasgow, the <strong>CENSIS</strong> team organises events,<br />

attends exhibitions and also speaks at relevant seminars throughout Scotland.<br />

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Contact details:<br />

<strong>CENSIS</strong><br />

The Inovo Building<br />

121 George Street<br />

Glasgow<br />

G1 1RD<br />

Tel: 0141 330 3876<br />

Email: info@censis.org.uk<br />

Join the <strong>CENSIS</strong> mailing list at www.censis.org.uk<br />

Follow us on Twitter<br />


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