This is a £132 million partnership project to bring superfast broadband to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, between the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the appointed private sector investment partner BT. It represents the largest ever single European investment in superfast broadband infrastructure.
Part of the Superfast Cornwall activity is Superfast Cornwall Labs. This is a collaborative activity investigating current thinking, research, technological developments and trends to push at the boundaries of what is possible through superfast broadband and the value it can bring to the economy. Two of these projects involve Falmouth University and are detailed below.
Supercrafted - Distributed Localised Production
The Supercrafted research project, led by Falmouth University’s Autonomatic Research Group and jointly funded by Superfast Cornwall, is investigating the use of digital design manufacturing and digital design interaction in craft value chains mediated by superfast internet connections.
The research is exploring existing online co-creation enterprises and the economic models that support them in delivering distributed and localised design production. Working with stakeholders, it aims to develop bespoke interactive interfaces that exploit high speed transfer, reduce friction, enhance fidelity and increase speeds of information exchange in online collaborations and participations.
eServices on Demand
eServices on Demand is an innovative way to deliver a range of services across different application domains, such as energy management, care, digital community and security, on an 'as needed' basis to connect homes using ICT. This will create a range of new applications, products and services such as Security-on-Demand and Health/Social-Care-on-Demand.
This research project, undertaken by Falmouth University, builds on an existing project, but brings together a range of different services for the first time. eServices on Demand will be piloted in some care homes in Cornwall, delivering a range of bespoke e-services to each. The project is funded by Falmouth University and Superfast Cornwall.