Report highlights drivers for technology in U.K. -

Report highlights drivers for technology in U.K.

LONDON — The first annual report of the Technology Strategy Board has set out the aims of using technology to address key challenges, such as traffic congestion and network security, and positioning the U.K. as a global leader in innovation and a magnet for technology intensive business.

Proposals to help drive the strategy forward include new 'innovation platforms to bring together developing technologies and key partners; technology strategy at the heart of government through joint activities with the Research Councils, government departments and regions; developing a longer term view of emerging technology priorities; and the importance of encouraging business to take the lead in innovation.

The creation of two pilot 'innovation platforms”, designed to help better co-ordinate policy and address key challenges facing society, will address intelligent transport systems and network security. Further platforms are to be developed by government departments for consideration by the Board, which could include addressing issues surrounding an ageing population and climate change.

Graham Spittle, board chairman, said, “The Board has spent valuable time understanding and working out how best to tackle this challenge. I believe we are now in a strong position to really drive the agenda forward, developing a strategy for UK wealth creation, and calling on business to engage with us to help realise our vision.”

Reporting back to the DTI after the first year of implementing the cross government strategy, the report sets out the strategy's future priorities as encouraging business ownership of and input to the strategy; supporting leading UK business sectors in the face of global competition; stimulating developing sectors with the capacity to be world leaders, to fulfil their potential; and making today's emerging technologies tomorrow's growth sectors.

Supporting the annual report is a new business engagement document 'A Call to Action', designed to inform and engage business in the process.

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