Angela Smith 23rd March 2017 A meeting of the 4IR minds Share via:An All-Party Parliamentary Group has been launched to ensure the UK’s leadership in the tech transformation that is the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Cougar Automation’s Company Leader, Derek Burton, was invited to be part of a recent meeting of 250 parliamentarians, industry leaders, academics and media members at which Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, expressed his commitment to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also referred to as Industry 4.0, the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is used to describe the current global technological transformation underway that is seeing a rapid increase in the use of artificial intelligence, automated robotics and devices that are inter-connected (also referred to as the Internet of Things) across all industries. Mr. Hammond commended the launch of an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) created to address 4IR. Working with the industry leaders in attendance, the group will look for ways to embrace the technological change and resulting productivity gains, while also positively managing its impact. “We are a nation of problem-solvers and innovators; entrepreneurs and creators,” said Mr. Hammond. “And you can be sure that this government will back you all the way as we go into this exciting period, shaping and embracing technological change in a way which will achieve a more productive prosperous society for all.” The APPG’s founder and inaugural Chairman is Alan Mak, the Conservative MP for the Havant constituency in Hampshire. “As technology transforms economies and societies around the world, the APPG on the Fourth Industrial Revolution will help Britain become the world leader in this sector, raising awareness in Parliament and developing new policy proposals,” said Mr. Mak. Cougar Automation is a well-established, reliable and sought-after supplier of System Integration Services, including industry-leading expertise in tailoring programs based on the Internet of Things. “We’re pleased to see the formation of the group,” said Derek Burton. “This technological transformation has many benefits for UK industries and workers, including improved safety and internal communication, better management of downtime, and identifying gaps in workforce skills so these can be improved. We have worked with a broad range of UK and global organizations, and look forward to sharing our expertise and experience with the other members of the APPG.” Photo caption: Cougar Automation Company Leader, Derek Burton (front left) attends a dinner and discussion hosted by Alan Mak, MP for Havant (3rd left) following the Fourth Industrial Revolution APPG launch meeting. Derek is seated next to Sandy Hopkins, Chief Executive of East Hants and Havant Borough Council, and joined by other area business people.