INTEL OPENED its fourth Internet of Things (IoT) "Ignition Lab" on Thursday at its UK headquarters in Swindon, a centre created to spur innovators to collaborate with Intel on end-to-end IoT solutions.
The centre is the first of its kind in the UK and joins the network of Ignition Labs that are already running in Stockholm, Munich, and Istanbul.
Using the centre to "test hardware and build analytics for business value", Intel will work with customers in the centre to develop solutions needed in smart buildings, retail and transport, and will also be open to any industries that IoT deployments might benefit.
Intel marketing director for EMEA Rod O'Shea, who is heading the project, cut the ribbon on Thursday, saying that the UK Ignition Lab will provide the chipmaker's customers with a place to build and test IoT solutions that "will transform our businesses and everyday lives".
O'Shea said, "We've been talking about IoT for many years and in many forms from M2m through to integrated solutions and now we're at the stage where we at a tipping point and real deployments are happening. And the idea behind the labs is to stimulate that innovation and build real solutions that we can take to market and deploy and that give that value."
In the context of Intel's overall strategy, O'Shea said that the labs are intended to "create and extend computers in technology to connect and enrich the life of everyone on earth".
Intel also invited a number of industry customers to the launch who will play a vital role in collaboration in the centre, including Eurotech, Inflexion, Intouch, Advantech, and Cascade3D.
Embedded computer manufacturer Eurotech's Tim Taberner highlighted that working with Intel in the centre could help pave the way for M2M system IoT integration, which he believes needs to operate in the same way as Twitter, with the use of a gateway framework to provide local control so IoT architecture can be deployed.
Intel said the the Ignition Lab space might also be used for educational workshops with local schools to learn hardware and software development. The Ignition Lab's data centre will join the IoT showcase room, which was launched last year on the same site. The showcase room is outfitted with IoT driven demos to give customers examples of working end-to-end business solutions. µ