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Advice and guidance you can trust

Sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are fast moving, with a wide range of potential solutions appearing on the market daily, from developer kits to new commercial systems.

If you don’t have the resources, whether that is in time or in-depth knowledge, to keep on top of these, we can provide impartial advice and support to help you work out the best options.

Developing new products or services can bring with it a significant element of risk. Our independent advice offers a healthy dose of reassurance that there are no conflicts of interest in working with us. We never push ideas or propose solutions out of financial or commercial interest.

You can expect:

  • A clear technology agnostic focus and the ability to support a company across a range of business activities from feasibility through to proof-of-concept and product support.
  • Clear and unbiased advice and support showing creativity and nimbleness in identifying and delivering solutions.
  • In-depth and detailed subject knowledge coupled with an awareness of wider policy and technology trends.
  • An impartial sounding board, truly listening to your needs, and interpreting these in the short and longer term.
  • Our ability to put your needs above our own, delivering solutions that best fit your organisation.
  • A supportive, pragmatic relationship for the longer-term with the right solutions for the right problems at the right time.
  • Our acknowledgment that we may not always be the best organisation to deliver a particular business solution and that we will signpost you to other resources.

Planning your solution - from vision to market

When you choose to work with CENSIS, you will get to know our business engagement, project management and technical teams who will work with you to explore your aims, shape your vision and create a plan of action.

Starting point

We benchmark your starting point by looking at existing and emerging technologies. This will have a cross sector perspective to analyse and identify which technologies could meet or contribute to solving your challenge. We always consider the fastest track to demonstrating feasibility of a solution and apply our working knowledge of developer kits and low cost devices in many cases.   As we have expertise in cross-sector applications, we can advise you if any effective innovations involve the use of technology already in use other sectors


Could your offering be applicable to markets other than your target market? We will help you understand the relevance of your technology in other sectors and identify the potential technical interventions that will have the biggest impact for your innovation. We will also identify any relevant markets for your technology outside your target market.


At the project planning stage, we will work with you to optimise your R&D choices and create a technology development plan. This will identify the resources and expertise that will be required to fulfil the project objectives. If necessary, we’ll also make introductions to help you other partners.


We will work out a plan that manages costs, risk and reduces time to market.  The budget for each phase of your project will be quantified and we can help to identify possible funding routes.  We’re likely to know of upcoming eligible funding opportunities that might be relevant and can support you in applying for these.

Project Lifecycle

Support from CENSIS does not end when your project starts. We’ll work with you as appropriate throughout the lifetime of your project, including lessons learned and identifying next steps/future challenges.

View all the organisations we work with

We work with all sizes of organisations, from high growth start-ups to large global companies with a base in Scotland.

All types of organisations are welcome to talk to us, whether in the private, public, third or educational sectors.