Innovation news in brief: Cyber security; big data; advanced manufacturing; Pocket App

The government is stepping up its cyber defence capabilities

UK cyber defence boost

In a move to further strengthen the UK’s cyber defences, the government has announced that more than £40 million will be spent on a new Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) at MOD Corsham.

The CSOC will utilise state-of-the-art defensive cyber capabilities to protect the MOD’s cyberspace from malicious actors.

The government said it will invest £1.9 billion over the next five years in protecting the UK from cyber attacks and developing sovereign capabilities in cyber space.

Defence secretary Michael Fallon said: “Britain is a world leader in cyber security but with growing threats this new Operations Centre will ensure that our Armed Forces continue to operate securely. Our increasing defence budget means that we can stay ahead of our adversaries in cyberspace while also investing in conventional capabilities.

The CSOC will work closely with the National Cyber Security Centre to facilitate the sharing of MOD cyber security challenges and contribute to wider national cyber security.

Boston Ltd unveils cloud-based Deep Learning solution

St. Albans-based data specialists Boston Ltd has unveiled ANNA, the worlds fastest deep learning training accelerator.

Expert scientists in the field of machine learning have leveraged the power of the GPU, a programmable logic chip that renders images, animations and video for the computer's screen, to make huge strides in improving a multitude of applications.

Deep Learning is a fast-growing field within this sphere and today’s advanced deep neural networks use algorithms, big data, and the computational power of GPUs to reduce time-to-solution or to improve the accuracy of results.

Deep Learning is used in the research community and in industry to help solve many big data problems such as computer vision, speech recognition, and natural language processing.

University of Sheffield launches advanced manufacturing partnership with Malaysia

The University of Sheffield has launched a new recruitment office in Kuala Lumpur to encourage new talent in the field of advanced manufacturing.

The move is designed to build on established links between the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Boeing (AMRC) and the need to encourage new talent in the field of advanced manufacturing.

Pocket App set for take-off following substantial crowdfunding investment

Pocket App, the UK’s largest independent app developer, has reached 100% of its funding target in its equity crowdfunding campaign. The campaign, which went live on the Seedrs crowdfunding platform on 8th February, has raised more than £762,000, with 320 new investors on board.

Having experienced several years of rapid growth, working on single paid projects with clients such as Coca Cola, Samsung and W Hotel, Pocket App will use the additional funding to move into the “super-premium space”, working collaboratively with the world’s leading global consultancies at a higher level than ever before.

Pocket App CEO and co-founder, Paul Swaddle, said: “The success of our crowdfunding campaign not only bears further testament to the mobile revolution currently underway, but also reflects our belief that we are at the forefront of that revolution, by developing ground-breaking mobile solutions for our clients. Since launching Pocket App in 2010, we have been thrilled by its rapid success. To have reached a stage whereby we have earned the support of over 300 shareholders, who believe in the brand and who want to support us on our journey, is fantastic.”

Green light for Maurice Wilkes building

St John’s College, owner of St Johns Innovation Park in Cambridge, has received planning permission for a new 37,000 sq ft office building at the park.

Following the successful application, a further application has been submitted to enhance the proposal for the site.

Subject to achieving consent, the Maurice Wilkes building will provide a significant headquarters opportunity, offering 63,000 sq ft of Grade A office and R&D space. The building also has the potential to be sub-divided and multi-occupied.

Situated in the centre of the north Cambridge research and development cluster, the Innovation Park is currently home to a number of high profile tech occupiers including Samsung, Telstra and Qualcom, as well as the world renowned St Johns Innovation Centre.

Rob Sadler, head of office at Savills Cambridge, comments: “The Innovation Park and indeed the Northern cluster continues to attract international companies from start-ups to global corporate occupiers. Upon completion, the Maurice Wilkes Building will provide the much needed extra space that will enable the park to carry on growing and attracting new business to Cambridge.”