Matt Harvey, Investment Officer
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Future Reality Today: Liverpool City Region Immersive Technologies and Laval Virtual 2018.
With an exceptional cultural heritage that brings a unique ‘edge’ to Liverpool City Region, disruptive technologies and challenging minds drive a collaborative and diverse creative and digital scene.
In the virtual and augmented reality space other ‘next gen’ technologies are playing an increasingly prominent role in how we experience the world. These technologies are changing the way we look at everyday industries, highlighting the need to adapt the way we work and showcasing the embracing of the 4th Industrial revolution (4IR). Liverpool City Region is no exception when it comes to this.
LCR is a region getting ready to immerse itself in a digital experience revolution and is proving itself as one of the UK’s fastest growing regions for Immersive Technology applications across a wide range of sectors and industry areas, from automotive, healthcare and aerospace to education and storytelling, not mention the Games (I’m a self-confessed games geek and in case you didn’t know it, I can assure you Liverpool has a games heritage second to none).
You’re probably saying at this point – this guy’s making some pretty bold declarations. But if you’ll indulge me a little longer – here’s just some examples of why I think LCR is on the right track and what’s fuelling my (uncharacteristic) confidence – I’m a gamer remember!
If I need to back up my statement that Liverpool City Region is embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution, LCR4.0 is the way to do it.
LCR 4.0 is a UK manufacturing first, that aims to put the Liverpool City Region at the heart of an evolution which is set to transform production in the modern world economy. The team at LCR 4.0 support small to medium enterprises (SME’s) explore the potential of the technologies at the forefront of the 4IR by assisting with research and development, knowledge transfer and the acceleration of ideas, from proof of concept trough to the commercialisation of a product or service.
LCR 4.0 has been acknowledged by UK Government as beacon initiative for best practice.
Sci-Tech Daresbury – Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC)
The STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council) Hartree Centre, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, is at the forefront of high performance computing, big data analytics and artificial intelligence, providing real-world solutions and competitive advantage to industry. The centrepiece of this, fuelled by £313M investment, is a partnership with IBM Research involving the deployment of its world-renowned “Watson” cognitive computing platform. STFC also established a partnership with Atos in 2017 with the arrival of Bull’s Sequana X1000 supercomputer at Daresbury. The Hartree Centre expertise and capability is already being applied at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to positively transform patient experience whilst supporting Alder Hey’s ambition to become the UK’s first “cognitive hospital”.
Also at Sci-Tech Daresbury is the University of Liverpool’s Virtual Engineering Centre a UK leading centre for digital engineering solutions to industry. The Centre is the UK’s recognised forerunner in advanced modelling and simulation, autonomous systems and robotics infrastructure and immersive visualisation. There is a growing cluster of 35 data-centric organisations at Sci-Tech Daresbury employing over 400 people on the site.
Sensor City is a Liverpool-based technical innovation centre and University Enterprise Zone which enables the creation development and promotion of sensor technologies across a wide range of sectors.
The centre offers both space for companies looking to be residents and also offers business support services to companies and individuals working within the Liverpool City Region sensor community.
Sensor City is changing the way we view sensor technology, and is providing sought after knowledge and expertise for companies exploring the areas of Haptics, motion tracking and the compatibility of sensors within immersive technology applications.
Littlewoods Film Studio
At the heart of the mass market view of VR and AR is the application within entertainment and leisure sector.
Liverpool’s Film Office for many years has been hosting big name blockbusters as well as global brands with all aspects of location support. The region is set to maximise its attraction as the UK’s most filmed in city outside of London, with the Littlewoods Studio initiative. The Studio will include a purpose-built film and content production resource, complete with state-of-the-art sound stages, linked to industry training and education facilities, live venue and business campus.
The Littlewoods Film studio will position Liverpool City Region at the forefront of content creation and with excellent accessibility, the studio will form a chain of key hubs spanning 4 major regions in the North linking Liverpool, Manchester, Yorkshire and the NE through physical assets, talent and partnership working.
Immersive Liverpool and Laval Virtual 2018
Invest Liverpool are proud to support Immersive Liverpool, a network group for everyone interested in Immersive Technology and its wide applications, including AR, MR, XR and VR which was founded in Liverpool in January 2018.
The aim is to bring together people working across the digital, creative and other sectors in the Liverpool City Region, including artists, developers, creative technologists, designers, content makers, engineers, researchers, freelancers, hobbyists and emerging talent to think about the exciting opportunities that immersive mixed reality technologies.
Working alongside Immersive Liverpool, I will be in Laval, France during this years Laval Virtual on the 5th and 6th of April, showcasing the strengths of Liverpool within Immersive Technologies and speaking to businesses looking at the UK for expansion of their services or product.
During the event Immersive Liverpool in partnership with Laval Virtual, will be holding a live link event between Laval and Liverpool, to share ideas and stories on the future of AR within storytelling, with some great speakers lined up this is an event you won’t want to miss. For more information, see the Eventbrite link below, I hope you will join us.
For anyone who wishes to meet me at the event in Laval, please get in touch by the means below to schedule a meeting.
Thank you for reading,
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