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Leading technology companies have been given the opportunity to explore how Ulster University’s world-leading connected health research is transforming the sector and driving economic growth for Northern Ireland at the latest Internet of Things Alliance (IoTA) event.

Ulster University is at the forefront of connected health research delivering over 20 research projects with a value exceeding £10M in the last three years. Its multi-disciplinary research is positively impacting healthcare delivery across the globe with a focus on sensor technology for diagnostic and therapeutic applications.

Director of Ulster University’s Nanotechnology and Integrated BioEngineering Centre (NIBEC) and keynote speaker, Professor Jim McLaughlin, said: “We are focused on an Internet of Healthcare Things which will transform how we address the current healthcare crisis of managing chronic diseases facing an ageing population.

“In our labs we are developing small, low-cost IOT devices that can analyse your blood, capture your heartbeat, talk to your phone and provide regular updates to a consultant in a hospital many miles away.”

Hosted at the NIBEC in partnership with the NI Connected Health Innovation Centre (CHIC), the IoTA event brought together industry and academia to discuss the opportunities in the sector. The IoTA is an industry-focused collaboration that aims to explore the potential of IoT technology.