By Lucy Caulkett-
Uk Chancellor, Philip Hammond is to provide a grand £80 million over the next five years to develop technology that could help in search-and-rescue missions, hostage situations and also aid firefighters in saving more lives. Technology is a great innovation of modern times, and the fresh plans to invest in technology that advances the way the world works is most welcome. In fact, it is worthy of celebration.
Quantum imaging technology could also be used to provide high-quality x-ray images and could also be fitted to cars to help drivers see around corners, the chancellor’s office has announced.
The chancellor intends to take advantage of Glasgow’s reputation as an internationally leading centre for quantum imaging research . Other notable universities that specialise in technological development include the University of Strathclyde, University of Glasgow and partner institutions will continue their cutting-edge research.
More than £80 million over five years will be given to four world leading development centres to create technology that could help save more lives in search-and-rescue missions, hostage situations and help firefighters tackling a blaze, the Chancellor has announced.
In future quantum imaging technology could be used to help emergency services get a more accurate, live and high-quality image before embarking on rescue attempts. The technology will also be used to see through snow storms, around corners and map hidden underground hazards.
On a visit to the University of Strathclyde, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:The UK is a world leader in Quantum technologies, but others are investing hard to catch up with us.
The £80 million in new funding, that I have announced today will ensure that we remain at the forefront of this exciting technological revolution.
Technological leadership boosts our economy and our productivity, meaning higher growth and higher wages.
Digital Secretary Jeremy Wright said:Quantum computing promises to transform our lives and solve problems that today’s computers are unable to address.
Thanks to our National Quantum Technology Programme and this new funding from government we are extremely well placed to pioneer this groundbreaking innovation.
Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, Sir Mark Walport, said:
”Quantum Technologies hold great promise for the UK. Researchers at our Hubs are already exploring new methods for more accurate measurement and sensing, expanding the power of computing, and making communications quicker and more secure.
This new funding for the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme will provide reassurance to the research base and the industries in the field that the UK is serious about being a world leader in the field and is investing long term”..
Developing quantum has been identified as a future technology which forms a key part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy.