Connexica were approached by Keele University following The Sentinel Business Awards 2017, where Connexica were awarded Science and Technology business of the year. The two organisations have now joined together in the exciting and innovative SEND programme.
Keele University’s Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) will be the largest smart energy network in Europe. The University’s campus is a 600 acre community complete with houses, flats, offices and laboratories as well as all the facilities of a modern University. The ambition is to create a smart energy network model for future towns and cities. Part of the programme will enable collaboration between the University and Staffordshire businesses to research, develop and test new smart solutions that save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.
Welcoming the participation of Connexica in the SEND programme, Professor Zhong Fan, Director of SEND, School of Computing and Mathematics, Keele University said “Connexica are an ambitious company set to benefit from the opportunities our Smart Energy Demonstrator offers. “Self-service data analytics is a specialism that will be required to drive benefits from smart networks.”
Connexica’s Technical Director Mike Streeton commented “Smart is the future but, at our scale, entry into the sector is not easy. By participating in SEND, we hope to apply our existing expertise in data discovery to create new products which we can then test in Keele’s live environment, Keele’s programme is world-leading and we simply couldn’t pass on this opportunity right on our doorstep.”
A key attraction for Connexica is the provision of a dedicated University Associate for three years. Mike adds: “Getting involved could hardly have been easier, and the Keele Universty Business Gateway team have made the process so business-friendly. We’re now working up the project details in collaboration with SEND Director Professor Zhong Fan from the University’s School of Computing and Mathematics.”