The Optimise Hub is here to help demystify the Industrial “Internet of Things” (IoT) and what it can mean to your business. Our mission is to build  confidence in  IoT and Industry 4.0 amongst SMEs in the UK Manufacturing sector to encourage the adoption of digital technologies to ensure UK businesses remain competitive and grow.

We are an organisation that seeks to bring businesses and other organisations together to achieve our mission and will work with any businesses wanting help and advice about Industry 4.0, Big Data and Machine to Machine communications.

We also have a programme of events to facilitate the sharing of ideas and to encourage collaboration and will be seeking to create collaborative  projects  that can develop novel Industry 4.0 applications and their underpinning technologies.

The Hub will ultimately build links between universities and business in order to enable innovative and cutting edge ideas to be converted into commercial market opportunities. Through this activity we will de-risk R&D opportunities at their earliest stage, and help to develop projects and ideas which can ultimately be prototyped and piloted either through collaborative funded projects or by startups and SMEs in the manufacturing sector.

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Regional Innovation Ecosystem Survey – Now Launched!

Currently we are conducting a study into the unique innovation ecosystem that exists along the South Coast region and are looking to talk to local manufacturing businesses to understand their digital requirements. If you can spare 5 minutes to complete our survey we would be most grateful. Alternatively we are happy to chat with you in person, or even visit your premises if that would be more convenient.

Once we better understand the manufacturing landscape here along the South Coast we will be able to better tailor our services to meet local business needs. The aim is to build on theses existing services as the Hub continues to grow and we hope to attract additional inward investment over the next 3 years in order to be able to create a Hub that offers longevity and can truly encourage innovation and value from real-time data.

If you think you can help us achieve this, then please contact us.




The Connected Factory

Date: Friday 2oth January 2017

Location: Online Webinar

Time: 10am – 11.45am



In order to compete in a global market, improvements in efficiency and optimisation of production processes can be key to maintaining profitability in the manufacturing sector. Since the advent of the IoT, factories can become truly connected with robots and thousands of other devices in the factory itself, or between different factories, communicating to a single back-end monitoring system. This enables the information streamed from these devices to paint a complete picture of production for all users of the system – from decision makers and shop floor managers to engineers and provides a 360 degree view of the production process. At the same time, this connectivity enables that same system to adapt quickly to changes in production requirements, and to drive actionable insights not only into the heart of factory operations but also beyond, extending throughout the supply chain, e.g management of resources, logistics and end of life management.

This webinar will bring together leading experts to discuss the challenges and solutions for the development of future connected factories including an exploration of the use of satellite technologies as one way of supporting the drive towards the industrial IoT.

This event is organised in partnership with the South Coast Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and  The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS).

To register for this webinar event please click here.



How the Internet of Things is Changing Cyber Security

Date: Thursday 26th January 2017

Location: Langstone Technology Park, Langstone Road, Havant, PO9 1SA

Time: 10.00am – 12.30pm



By 2020 it is expected that up to 50 billion devices will be connected to each other thanks to the internet. The result of this is beneficial in many different ways. However, the rise of the internet of things means that cyber security becomes more significant.

For businesses in particular, in order to remain competitive in a global market, the sharing of data to enable better decision-making has led to the integration of data and the systems in which it operates. Whilst this is leading to improvements in many aspects of production and control systems, this desire and ability to be connected and the proliferation of connected devices may well be outstripping cyber security solutions that are able to keep out data and networks safe. Indeed a recent study conducted through  OWASP (the Open Web Application Security Project) has shown that 70 percent of IoT devices contain serious vulnerabilities.

So join us for our first event on Cyber Security which is one of a series of events hosted by the Optimise Hub at the Institute of Industrial Research at the University of Portsmouth where we will discuss Industrial Internet of Things Security issues and solutions.
This event is organised in partnership with the Institute of Industrial ResearchPortsmouth Business School and the Faculty of Technology, University of Portsmouth.

To register for this event, please click here





This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.