Digital Innovation for Growth

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Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) is a public university in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. It is based on two sites; the City Campus is located in the city centre near Sheffield railway station, while the Collegiate Crescent Campus is about two mile

Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG) is a free service to help SMEs make the most of digital technology to grow their business, improve products, maximise efficiency and adopt new ways of working.  

It links your business with free consultancy and facilities including experts from Sheffield Hallam University, and state-of-the-art design, prototyping and testing facilities at DMC 02 which is based at Barnsley’s Digital Campus – The Seam. 

Academic experts and business consultants can help you with techniques and processes such as:

  • smart technologies —digital systems which monitor, learn and adapt to their environment
  • system level electronic design and prototyping — a blend of off the shelf system components and custom designed circuitry
  • data acquisition, monitoring and analysis — sensor technologies inside your system to optimise processes and maintenance
  • systems integration —increase performance, efficiency and quality whilst reducing cost
  • artificial intelligence – mirroring human skills and capabilities with technology
  • formal analysis — employing mathematical tools for analysis and design
  • data analytics — understanding and discovering more large and diverse data sets
  • networks and cyber security — ensuring safe, secure and reliable communication and information exchange
  • interaction design — ensuring that systems are well designed for their users’ needs and experiences
  • embedded systems — designing dedicated systems inter-operating with and controlling devices and sensors
  • software engineering — future proofing the design, development and integrity of software.
  • mixed reality — combining virtual and the real in shared online virtual worlds.

The programme is available to SMEs across the Sheffield City Region, including Chesterfield, North-East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Bolsover and Bassetlaw.

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John O'Donnell
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