Launch of ground-breaking accelerator to help businesses adopt industry 4.0 technologies

First of a kind partnership with Atos and STFC Hartree Centre will help increase industrial productivity and find new pathways to growth

London, Daresbury, 26 June 2019

Atos together with Siemens Digital Industries and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre today launch a ground-breaking Industrial Digitalisation Accelerator (IDA) to offer businesses a practical, collaborative space to explore Industry 4.0 technologies.

The Industry 4.0 collaboration space will be based at technology campus Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Region. It is the first time that three distinct and yet complementary experts in the field of computing (STFC Hartree Centre), analytics (Atos Codex) and IoT solutions (MindSphere) have come together and combined their expertise to offer industry the opportunity to discover new pathways to growth.

The accelerator program is offering businesses of all sizes the chance to produce proof of concepts, mentorship to help them acquire Industry 4.0 technologies like big data analytics, Internet of Things (IoT), modelling, simulation and sensor technology through the Made Smarter programme, and the opportunity to develop end-to-end digital solutions.

The IDA will also sign-post firms to external funding programmes such as Innovate and the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

Brian Holliday, Executive Management Board of Siemens plc and Managing Director for Siemens Digital Industries, said: “Staying competitive in the evolving technology landscape isn’t easy, yet the opportunity to drive productivity has never been greater. By harnessing the combined power of these three partners the IDA has a mandate to do just this; increase industrial productivity providing new pathways to growth.”

“Combining the unique capabilities of Siemens, Atos and the STFC Hartree Centre in one accelerated environment, we aim to cut through the noise to help businesses overcome their own digitalisation challenges and realise the opportunities presented within Industry 4.0.”

Adrian Gregory, Senior Executive Vice president and CEO, Atos UK and Ireland: “This facility will deliver new levels of data-driven insight and opportunity in direct alignment with the challenges set out in the Made Smarter Review. Through our continued partnership we are pleased to support the Hartree Centre as a beacon of innovation, where the enormous potential of digital technologies can be harnessed and applied, helping businesses to remain fit for Britain’s digital future.”

Alison Kennedy, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre, said: “At the Hartree Centre we work with companies in a wide range of industries to help them benefit from advanced digital technologies like supercomputing, big data analytics and AI. We’re thrilled to be able to offer our expertise in this exciting and unique partnership which will offer UK companies a practical, collaborative space to accelerate the exploration and integration of Industry 4.0 technologies and improve productivity.”

The IDA aims to address many of the challenges set out in the independent Made Smarter Review commissioned by UK Government, including:

  • Upskilling the UK workforce in high-demand digital areas e.g. data, simulation, IoT
  • Creating a thriving High Value Manufacturing environment
  • Building demonstrators to prove the art of the possible to UK businesses
  • Providing access to industrial digital technologies for UK manufacturers
  • Improve UK productivity levels which are lower than global rivals

The Made Smarter Review estimates that if successfully implemented, these solutions could add £455bn to UK GDP within the next 10 years.

It comes following the recent launch of Digital Vision for Digital Britain, a new Atos opinion paper which explores how by working together across sectors and with regulators and policymakers, technology’s full potential can be delivered in a way that is positive for all of society.

The Hartree Centre, where the IDA is based, provides collaborative research, innovation and development services that accelerate the adoption and application of high performance computing (HPC), big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in UK industry.

Backed by over £170M of UK Government funding and strategic technology partnerships including Atos, Siemens and the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre, the centre enables businesses and researchers to use digital tools to gain insight, value and competitive advantage.

About Atos

Atos is a global leader in digital transformation with over 110,000 employees in 73 countries and annual revenue of over € 11 billion. European number one in Cloud, Cybersecurity and High-Performance Computing, the Group provides end-to-end Orchestrated Hybrid Cloud, Big Data, Business Applications and Digital Workplace solutions. The group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and operates under the brands Atos, Atos Syntel, and Unify. Atos is a SE (Societas Europaea), listed on the CAC40 Paris stock index.

The purpose of Atos is to help design the future of the information technology space. Its expertise and services support the development of knowledge, education as well as multicultural and pluralistic approaches to research that contribute to scientific and technological excellence. Across the world, the group enables its customers, employees and collaborators, and members of societies at large to live, work and develop sustainably and confidently in the information technology space.

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