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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has refreshed its online platform to intelligently connect you to relevant events, funding, thought pieces and specialist staff to help your business innovate and grow.

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An example might be new satellite technology from the space sector that is applicable in the agri-food sector. KTN-UK.co.uk will help you form these unusual and valuable connections.

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The move also marks a closer alignment with our main funder, Innovate UK , with the website branding making a clear visual link. Knowledge Transfer Network is Innovate UK's innovation network partner, and also works with other funders to provide innovation networking services and fulfil our mission to drive UK growth.

We link new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines expertise in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries. Connecting with KTN can lead to potential partners, horizon-expanding events and innovation insights relevant to your needs.

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People-Centred Design for the Internet of Things: A Thought Leadership Event

 

Thank you to BOP Consulting's Callum Lee and Tom Campbell for submitting this round up post.

 

The Internet of Things is a vision of an automated, technological future; a report published by the Technology Strategy Board last year suggested that the use of people centred design techniques was critical in the development of IoT products and services.

 

On Wednesday, April 25th, The Creative Industries KTN hosted a Special Interest Group of UX experts, artists, designers, researchers and strategists, as well as industry representatives, to explore in more depth a people-centred design approach to the Internet of Things (IoT). The goal of the meeting was to arrive at a set of recommendations on some key principles and approaches to be adopted in the development of IoT infrastructure, services and products – for government, for researchers, for businesses.

 

At the event at Shoreditch’s Rich Mix, the group started by identifying some key questions.

 

One strand of the discussion engaged with issues of ownership, provenance and control. We were told that new structures are needed to help to create a real understanding of responsibility and to prevent the IoT collapsing under a weight of permissions. One participant talked about their own research into End User License Agreements. Every smartphone that has downloaded 100 apps will have signed 200 agreements, all generic and mostly ignored. As he said, he doesn’t need to sign a waiver to go into a restaurant because regulation protects him. Why should it be different for IoT?

 

 

Another group discussed the need to take “a long term view” in order to overcome the challenges of interoperability. How do we manage the interoperability of services and data across entrenched market sectors and across the lifetime of a person, thing or building?  We must consider the lifecycle of the product thing, as well as the end-to-end service experience of the thing for each customer who owns it. That means building a lifecycle model and framework that defines what happens at each stage. The end customers service experience from both the end user point of view, as well as the service operational aspect, needs to be designed, from assessment to purchasing to provisioning to service set up to configuration to maintenance and support to service reporting to end of life and termination of relationships and to the associated service providers.

 

A further group focused on how policymakers can help to stimulate the technological changes that are driven by people-centred design approaches. For the TSB, they were asked to shape support programmes that embraced the agile and lean methodologies that are central to today’s tech businesses. One participant talked of allowing “loopy futures” where we find unintended consequences from new tech developments.  For policymakers, this means having the bravery to support failure, engage with experimental technology, and cut down on bureaucracy. The Specialist Interest Group proposed solutions like staged grants, mimicking the funding rounds of a venture capitalist, to do this.

 

A full report, including the recommendations drafted during the discussion will be published by the Internet of Things SIG later this year.

 

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