Government puts £80m into quantum technology
Chancellor takes quantum leap with investment in four projects
The government is putting £80m into four projects to develop quantum technology.
The cash, which will be invested over a period of five years, will be used to support universities with existing research and development programmes in various areas.
The first of these is the University of Strathclyde, which is working with the University of Glasgow and other partner organisations to develop quantum imaging. The technology is being designed to provide live imagery that could, the government said, “see through snow storms, around corners and map hidden underground hazards”, and could ultimately be used in situations such as search-and-rescue missions or hostage recovery.
- Cisco backs government’s Industrial Strategy with $100m investment pledge
- Loughborough University seeks £1m supercomputer
- New GDS unit tasked with delivering government innovation strategy
The University of Oxford will also receive government money to support its work in the field of quantum computing and simulation. The institution is aiming to use quantum technology to “trivially solve complex problems which currently stump our most advanced supercomputers”.
The University of Birmingham, meanwhile, will receive funding for its research into how quantum sensing and metrology could help improve mining. Government backing will also be given to work taking place at the University of York to develop quantum communications for use in financial transactions and data transfers.
Chancellor Philip Hammond said: “The UK is a world leader in quantum technologies, but others are investing hard to catch up with us. The £80m in new funding… will ensure that we remain at the forefront of this exciting technological revolution. Technological leadership boosts our economy and our productivity, meaning higher growth and higher wages.”
Quantum technology aims to take some of the principles of quantum mechanics – the branch of physics concerned with atomic and sub-atomic particles – and apply them to areas such as computing and encryption.
Government response to recent select committee report ignores recommendation for new legislation
Neil McEvoy of Digital Scotland explains how the country could learn from the low-cost and replicable systems implemented by Estonia, and why GovTech is huge opportunity for the Scottish...
Guidelines due to be published in the coming weeks will expand the focus of service design beyond the digital realm
Manufacturing and research facilities across eight regions given cash injection
BT's Simon Godfrey on how government is fundamentally rethinking its strategy for both people and places
At BT, we realise that digital technology is changing the way we all do business. Make smart decisions with intelligent...
BT argues that the Internet of Things (IoT), where homes, cars, people, even entire cities are connected to the internet, will let you do things you once dismissed as science fiction
BT, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and Facebook have launched the second annual competition for start-ups in telecom infrastructure to join the UK’s TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC),...