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Chancellor announces £80m funding boost for quantum technologies

Posted on 18/09/2018

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond will release £80m over five years to develop technology that could help save lives.
  • The funding will help universities and businesses develop technology that could help in search-and-rescue missions, hostage situations and aid firefighters in saving more lives.
  • Quantum imaging technology could be used to provide high-quality x-ray images and could also be fitted to cars to help drivers see around corners.
  • Glasgow is an internationally leading centre for quantum imaging research and the Chancellor has confirmed that 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 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.

Mr 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 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.”