Cloud Innovation Centre

Paul Watson and Cloud Computing

Newcastle University’s Cloud Innovation Centre is an ambitious £50 million project designed to explore the potential of Cloud computing to transform business and public services.

Cloud computing offers the ability to store, process and analyse vast amounts of data and access it from anywhere without the need for expensive IT systems. According to analyst IDC, spending on Cloud technologies will grow by 25% in 2014 reaching over $100bn, and E-Skills UK estimated in 2013 that 132,000 new jobs will be created in this field over the next five years.

The aim is to build a “living lab” in the heart of upcoming Newcastle’s Science Central development that can investigate new technologies and systems that could impact sectors as varied as health, energy and transport.

It will feature a centre of excellence that will work with businesses to create innovative solutions to the needs of industry. It will work with the public sector to help it benefit from the flexibility and capacity of Cloud Computing. It will also facilitate research, teaching and training, and equip people from the region and beyond with the skills to meet this growing demand.

The facility will be fully complete by 2017, but some research projects are already underway and will operate at Science Central when the first part of the development opens its doors later this year.

A trial is already underway to give patients wrist sensors that log their daily activity and sleep patterns, so they can be accessed within minutes for analysis by a doctor

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