The Efficiency of Enabling Technology
Any technology that enables people to either
do something that was previously impossible or simply does
something more efficiently is an Enabling Technology.
Scotland has a long and proud tradition of
creating Enabling Technologies.
Here in Edinburgh this heritage is not
confined to the past with both academia and industry working
towards providing new and improved enabling technologies from
bioimaging to GIS through to the latest in remote monitoring and
The war on disease is one fought on many
fronts and enabling technologies are providing those at the
frontline with game changing weapons.
Medical instruments and devices,
bioinformatics and bioimaging have all been crucial in the
advancement of clinical care and will continue to be so.
Research organisations and commercial
companies within Edinburgh have a strong presence in this area.
Our environment is something no-one can afford
to ignore, whether your aim is to conserve the rainforests or just
navigate your way through the urban jungle.
In the last few decades, technologies have
emerged that have transformed the way we image the Earth and its
resources. Edinburgh is home to experts in signal processing, image
analysis and GIS in both the academic and commercial spheres.
When your product is being produced thousands
of units at a time, the accuracy and efficiency of the
manufacturing process are top priorities. Any technology that can
make this quicker, cleaner, safer or cheaper is to be
At the Heriot-Watt Innovative Research
Manufacturing Centre researchers work closely with industry to
develop new tools and processes to improve manufacture in the
fields of MEMs, photonics and precision machining.
Access to cheap, abundant energy has
transformed the world we live in.
Maintaining this supply and the life styles
that come with it requires ingenious new enabling technologies many
of which are being pioneered here in Edinburgh.
From modelling software to autonomous
inspection vehicles the engineers and scientists in Edinburgh’s
research organisations are turning their expertise into
commercially viable products.