infotech / Smart Economy

Comprising ICT, computer research, and creative digital, our smart economy supports the growth of our emerging sectors as a connected whole.

It is our aim to develop a world-leading smart economy, encapsulating the principles of lifelong health and wellbeing, a vibrant and balanced economy, connected people, and a sustainable environment.

our smart economy opportunities…

Future networks

Digital Productivity

The digital home

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New Anglia has been the birthplace of key communication technologies that have helped to shape the modern, connected world. Adastral Park in Suffolk is BT’s primary research hub and where broadband was developed as well as where fibre optic communication was pioneered.

Key future communication technology is being developed in the region too with 5G technology and Low Power WANs moving to market.

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Digitised business practices have driven innovation across a number of sectors from accountancy to manufacturing. Research into agile networks and broad cloud computing systems puts the region in a position to drive this technology forward.

If we are seeking to increase productivity it must be driven in partnership with the smart economy.

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Adastral Park is still affectionately known as “The Home of Broadband”, a name that is still relevant. Beyond just the connection to the internet, Norfolk and Suffolk researchers are moving towards creating smart meters, connected home devices, and importantly connected communities that make the most of our technology to improve lives.

Machine learning

Machine Perception

Digital security

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The University of East Anglia is a driving force in research into machine learning theory, especially in relation to computational biology applications.

Much like other underpinning smart technologies, Machine Learning will impact a wide range of sectors through the ability to utilise and make sense of the large data sets that are a growing part of the modern world.

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Visual, aural, and linguistic interpretation by machines is a key enabling technology for a host of key technologies from self-driving cars to home assistants.

Norfolk and Suffolk are home to a number of key businesses and research centres and the wider region with Cambridge is an undisputed world leader in this field.

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As we rely more on our digital capital and on the data that builds the basis of new technologies we must find more effective ways of securing this information.

Truly bleeding edge technologies like quantum key distribution are being created and tested in our region. Norfolk and Suffolk have a fantastic opportunity to take a lead on data security.

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Will Taitt

William graduated in 2010 and has since worked in variety of electronic focused roles. Since joining Hethel in 2013, William has helped to deliver one ERDF project and secure funding for a second. Now he manages the sector development of the smart economy and infotech.

Phone – 01953 859104