BoE Governor Andrew Bailey applauds ‘innovative’ 5G technology during visit to Dumfries Hub

The meeting with Mr Bailey, who was accompanied by Will Dowson, Bank of England agent for Scotland, took place at Crichton Central, an 85-acre park, Crichton’s new coworking space and home to S5G Connect Hub at Scotland 5G Center in Dumfries. .

The Bank of England boss met Dr Ian Macmillan, Gwilym Gibbons and Rachel Cowper from the Crichton Trust and Julie Snell, Paul Coffey and Andy Todman from the Scotland 5G Centre, who says it is the national hub for accelerating deployment and adoption of 5G.

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They discussed the role technology plays in improving the impact rural communities can have on the wider economy, and Scotland 5G Center and the University of Glasgow showcased the potential of 5G with on-site robot demonstrations from Crichton Central’s 5G testbed.

Mr Bailey said: “I have been delighted to see some innovative uses of 5G technology being developed in hubs like Dumfries. Potential improvements in the way we live and work should have positive effects on businesses and households, especially in rural sectors of the economy.

Crichton Trust chief executive Gwilym Gibbons said the visit “was a great opportunity for us to showcase our ambitions for The Crichton and the South of Scotland, but more importantly to demonstrate the potential of rural innovation to generate technological solutions to major challenges. we face”.

He added: “Thanks to our partnerships and the 5G test bed we have here, we are at the forefront of innovation when it comes to finding solutions to modern societal challenges and we are delighted to potential impact of our work.”

“Importantly, advanced connectivity allows choice. People will have access to a work environment, regardless of their location… This is of huge benefit, not only on a personal level, but also for the economy, as we reduce the impact such as the Covid -19 pandemic and rebuild a sustainable economy.”

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