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Contact Data

Coordinator

Sunderland Software City

Year Established

2008

Location

Tavistock Place, SR1 1PB, Sunderland (United Kingdom)

Website

http://www.sunderlandsoftwarecity.com/

Social Media

Contact information

Naomi Morrow
Naomi.morrow@sunderlandsoftwarecity.com
(0191) 5623351

Description

Description

Sunderland Software City is inspiring and enabling the growth of the software sector in the North East of England, establishing the region as one of the world’s leading destinations for technology innovation and enterprise.
Established in 2008, the private sector initiated, publicly backed organisation brings together the best of the public, private and educational sectors to generate a sustainable software industry in the region and drive the development of world-class software businesses.

Sunderland Software City is inspiring and enabling the growth of the software sector in the North East of England, establishing the region as one of the world’s leading destinations for technology innovation and enterprise.
Established in 2008, the private sector initiated, publicly backed organisation brings together the best of the public, private and educational sectors to generate a sustainable software industry in the region and drive the development of world-class software businesses.
This includes continuing to work closely with partners like Sunderland City Council, the University of Sunderland and Sunderland College to ensure the region’s software industry has the facilities, access to opportunities, support, connections and skills it needs to compete globally.

Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry

The activities of the hub are well aligned with the British national initiatives for digitising industry, Digital Strategy and the Green paper on Industrial Strategy.

Market and Services

Market sectors

  • Construction
  • Education
  • Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
  • Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco
  • Electricity, gas and water supply
  • Manufacture of textiles and textile products
  • Manufacture of leather and leather products
  • Manufacture of wood and wood products
  • Manufacture of pulp, paper and paper products; publishing and printing
  • Manufacture of coke, refined petroleum products and nuclear fuel
  • Manufacture of chemicals, chemical products and man-made fibres
  • Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
  • Manufacture of other non-metallic mineral products
  • Manufacture of machinery and equipment
  • Manufacture of transport equipment
  • Other Manufacturing

TRL Focus

  • TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
  • TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
  • TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
  • TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  • TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
  • TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
  • TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
  • TRL9 - Actual system proven through successful mission operations

Services provided

  • Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
  • Visioning and Strategy Development for Businesses
  • Collaborative Researchs
  • Concept validation and prototyping
  • Testing and validation
  • Pre-competitive series production
  • Awareness creation
  • Commercial infrastructure
  • Digital Maturity Assessment
  • Incubator/accelerator support
  • Voice of the customer, product consortia
  • Market intelligence
  • Access to Funding and Investor Readiness Services
  • Mentoring
  • Education and skills development
  • Other

Service Examples

Nissan was in the process of launching its new luxury brand the ‘Infiniti’ and they did not want any quality assurance issues for this car so they wanted to know if the plant could use social media and historical quality assurance data to detect early problems with the cars. Through an innovation process led by the Digital Catapult NETV Nissan were able to identify an SME to build a bespoke solution to this tool.


Barclays had many internal problems that could not be resolved by their IT department due to lack of resources and relevant skills. These including; world wide meeting room booking system, paper based training guide etc. Through an innovation process led by the Digital Catapult NETV Barclays established relationships with digital SMEs from across the UK who were able to build bespoke solutions to their challenges.


The Urban Traffic Management Centre had to publish its transport data but this data was not being used by the public. The Digital Catapult NETV ran an app competition to encourage the public to use the data.

Organization

Organizational form

Networked organization, without formal structure

Turnover

-

Number of employees

1-9

Evolutionary Stage

Fully operational

Geographical Scope

National

Funding

  • European Regional Development Fund
  • National specific innovation funding
  • Regional funding

Customers

Number of customers annually

>50

Type of customers

  • Start-up companies
  • SMEs (<250 employees)
  • MidCaps (between €2-10 billion turnover)
  • Large companies, multi-nationals

Partners

Newcastle University


Teesside University


Sunderland University


Sunderland Software City


Northumbria University


Sunderland College


Durham University


North East Business and Innovation Centre (NE BIC)

Technological competences

  • Micro and nano electronics, smart system integration
  • Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
  • Screens and display technologies
  • Broadband and other communication networks (e.g. 5G)
  • Cyber physical systems (e.g. embedded systems)
  • Robotics and autonomous systems
  • Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
  • Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
  • Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
  • Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
  • Cyber security (including biometrics)
  • Advanced or High performance computing
  • Data mining, big data, database management
  • Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
  • Simulation and modelling
  • Gamification
  • Software as a service and service architectures
  • Cloud computing
  • Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
  • Laser based manufacturing
  • ICT management, logistics and business systems
  • Internet services (e.g. web development, web production, design, networking, and e-commerce)
  • New Media technologies

H2020 Projects

  • GateOne
    GateOne - Innovation Service for European Smartization by SMEs
    GateOne - Innovation Service for European Smartization by SMEs

    GateOne’s mission is to accelerate smart systems adoption by European SMEs in facilitating their access to advanced technologies for the development of innovative and smart solutions. GateOne offers Innovation as a Service to the benefit of SMEs in structuring a complete and adapted innovation chain to contribute to the Smartization of Europe. The concept is based on an innovative and pragmatic approach to cross the valley of death. Our Innovation Action is designed to enter efficiently into a new management paradigm in implementing critical size mechanisms. We will work on a unique Pan European portfolio of smart systems technologies to make them attractive and available for evaluation by a large panel of European SMEs. 20% of the portfolio will be related to bioelectronics technologies.  In implementing the New Product Introduction process, our service will provide a collaboration framework between SMEs and RTOs, to progress from Lab to Market. From a complementary smart systems technologies portfolio we will work on 50 small scale projects to deliver innovation concept in the form of demonstrators. They will be produced at the only condition that an SME expresses interest and engages to enter into a testing phase.  Our innovation service will allow low risk evaluation conditions. We will introduce “product concept” designed on a business case to meet SMEs expectations. We will structure, an adapted innovation chain, while validating the cost efficient manufacturability of the solution.  A broad diffusion will make GateOne a European entry point of state-of-the-art technology for smart systems.Inherited from COWIN CSA success and commitment of RTOs to further apply and develop the COWIN approach, GateOne will lead to a major breakthrough for European competitiveness in engaging SMEs in the smartization wave. The support of the European Commission will validate the concept and prepare its sustainability with RTOs, industrials and private investors support.
Last updated: 08/09/18 11:30