The innovation centre that has played a key role in the genesis of the internet of things in Scotland has been backed for a further five years with a £9.25 million government funding package.

During its first half-decade, CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, brokered 138 projects between industry and academics worth a combined £17.3m in a range of sectors including manufacturing, subsea, health and wellbeing and life sciences.

Among its highlights has been the £6m Mirage R&D project with four companies working with Glasgow University to develop advanced sensors for use in products such as next-generation asthma inhalers and infra-red cameras.

The Glasgow-based centre has been pivotal in developing IoT Scotland, the £6m Scottish Government-backed project aimed at developing the most advanced IoT network in the UK.

CENSIS has also helped Scots small and medium-sized enterprises such as Bellshill-based FUELlink, which saves transport firms money by monitoring fuel usage and detecting leaks remotely through the IoT, which is the interconnection of devices through the internet.

It has now been backed for a further five years by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, and Highlands and Islands Enterprise cash, and expected to be bolstered by £3m more in third-party income, including contributions from industry.

Ian Reid, CENSIS chief executive, said the firm will be "concentrating efforts on projects where we can make both an economic and social impact, such as healthcare and independent living, the environment and precision agriculture".

The funding is due to be announced today by Ivan McKee, MSP, Scottish minister for trade, investment and innovation, at CENSIS’ fifth annual Technology Summit at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall before more than 400 delegates and 40 exhibitors.