In June 2022, South Gloucestershire Council chose CyberHive as one of five SME businesses to receive part of a £125k grant to further develop its products and services, in areas such as robotics and wireless communication, in a ‘real world’ environment.


Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the digital technology sector were selected through the council’s UMBRELLA competition. As well as the grant, the SMEs also receive technical support and will be able to trial their products through the region’s UMBRELLA project network.

UMBRELLA is a project which provides an open, real world platform for the testing and evaluation of innovation in the fields of robotics, wireless communication, smart city and general Internet of Things (IoT) applications. With the ultimate aim to develop industry research and advancement in the South West of England and beyond.


Here is a video showing the progress of the UMBRELLA project and the use case for the future of connected vehicles.

UMBRELLA is a joint project between South Gloucestershire Council and Toshiba, with the backing of West of England Combined Authority and Local Enterprise Partnership.

Councillor Toby Savage, Leader of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “It has been exciting to hear about the innovative products and services that are being developed in South Gloucestershire and further afield, which will help tackle our current and future challenges.

“I am pleased that as a local authority we are continuing to build on our area’s innovative heritage and are able to support this pioneering work. I look forward to learning more about these specialist projects and seeing how they develop.

UMBRELLA is one of the world’s largest programmable ‘Living Labs’, connecting South Gloucestershire’s five innovation hubs: Bristol & Bath Science Park, National Composites Centre at Emersons Green, the University of the West of England, Bristol Robotics Lab, and Future Space.

The competition is being funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

Learn more about the our work around connect truck networks for the Secure Connected Transport Challenge.

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