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High-tech intelligence centre bid for Dumfries

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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
High-tech intelligence centre bid for Dumfries

A BID is being made to bring an high-tech ‘embedded intelligence centre’ to the region - supporting the economy.

And it comes amid other positive news for university studies in Dumfries – with the number of students at the University of Glasgow campus at the Crichton having tripled in the last ten years.
Chamber of Commerce chief executive Brian Richardson said: “What I’ve been doing is trying to identify projects that are appropriate for Dumfries and Galloway.”
Revealing he has been working with Edinburgh-based Herriot-Watt University to look at possible projects, he added: “They’re very keen that there is a huge market for embedded intelligence.
“A smart meter, for example, is an embedded intelligence – it monitors what you’re doing in your house.
“And there’s embedded intelligence in cars, embedded intelligence in cars, embedded intelligence in your fridge… everything now is is driven by embedded intelligence.
“And what we’re doing is in the very early stages of trying to set up an embedded intelligence innovation centre in Dumfries and Galloway.”
Herriot-Watt confirm they are playing a role in the project, which it says would be the first to allow multidisciplinary research on bespoke applications.
A statement said: “The centre could also support a culture of innovation driven by data, delivering skilled graduates and technicians prepared for the new challenges of industry.”
It added: “The prosperity of Dumfries and Galloway will become dependent on its ability to engage with digital technologies.
“The Centre for Embedded Innovation could provide an environment of engineering and enterprise that supports local wealth creation.”

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