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Infratechnologies

What are infrastructure technologies (infratechnologies), and what role do they play in supporting innovation?

What are infrastructure technologies (infratechnologies), and what role do they play in supporting innovation?

Key findings:

  • Infratechnologies support the processes and practices of creating new technology. They include technologies for developing and applying standards, codes and quality assurance.
  • The report highlights four ways that infratechnologies improve industrial competitiveness by helping to create new, more efficient production models.

No-one doubts that technology is vital to growth and competitiveness. Both the government and opposition have highlighted tech as a central part of the UK’s business growth strategy. But what does a technology-based strategy actually look like?

 

This report shines a spotlight on infrastructure technologies – or infratechnologies – such as the standards, testing, certification and feasibility studies that underpin tech-heavy industries.

 

We look at what infratechnologies are, how they work and the vital role they play in supporting innovation, using measurement and standards organisations as a case in point.

 

Author

Agnès Estibals, in collaboration with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB)