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Devon inventor wins $100,000

The "Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer (WITT)" transmission system Credit: ITV News West Country

A professional inventor from Devon has won $100,000 in an international competition.

Martin Wickett developed his design which can generate electricity from any kind of random motion. He's had help from universities and high tech businesses in Devon and Cornwall but it's his design.

He's just returned from the United States after being presented with the Gulfstream "Leap to Zero" energy award.

Cornwall to benefit from phone coverage investment

The map below sets out the local authority areas that stand to benefit from MIP investment, and Arqiva has begun identifying suitable sites in a phased manner.

Once suitable sites are identified, Arqiva will work to acquire rights to the sites and obtain planning permission before beginning the physical roll-out of infrastructure.

Cornwall will be in 'Phone 2' phase. Credit: Arqiva Limited


Cornwall gets phone coverage boost

This project will see mobile phone coverage extended to many of the people who currently live and work in areas where there is none.

The project will provide a significant boost to local economies across the UK, and will be instrumental in helping Britain win the global race.”

– Ed Vaizey MP, Communications Minister.

More mobile phone coverage for Cornwall

Cornwall is to benefit from the Government's £150million investment in mobile 'phone coverage.

The Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) will extend mobile phone coverage to the county where no coverage is currently available, providing a sustainable technological solution for people living and working in the region.

Seven Devon and Somerset towns to get superfast broadband

Seven rural towns and villages have been named as the first communities to benefit from the major £94 million scheme to get superfast internet.

By the end of this year, high-speed fibre optic broadband will start to become available in:

  • Moretonhampstead
  • Holsworthy
  • Sticklepath (near Okehampton)
  • Bradford on Tone
  • Bishops Lydeard
  • Creech St Michael
  • Monkton Heathfield (near Taunton)

Construction work for Sticklepath and Bradford on Tone has started three months early.

By early 2014, 15,000 homes and businesses in these areas will benefit from the new technology.

It is estimated that about 400,000 kilometres of optical fibre will need to be laid.

The first phase of the programme will also include extending fibre broadband in Taunton and Bridgwater, most of which have already been upgraded.

High speed fibre broadband is a key driver of economic growth and development. It has the potential to transform our rural businesses and communities, improve productivity, and enable business to access new markets while breaking down the digital divide within our communities. It will also improve and transform the delivery of public information and services.

– Councillor David Hall, Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council
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