One of the main benefits of the environment is that it can help organisations bring solutions to market faster. By deploying concepts in a living environment, and using the advanced facilities and services, organisations can understand how their technology is perceived and how it tackles real world challenges, speeding up research and development processes and demonstrating commercial viability.
It can also be used by policy makers for designing, exploring, experiencing and refining new policies and regulations in real life scenarios, or for evaluating their potential impacts before implementation.
Another benefit of the environment is greater collaboration. It provides an environment for groups of innovators to get together to better understand the impact of change, enabling organisations to plan for the future and to avoid the paralysis of decision-making that can occur when the future is uncertain.