KTN's online platform helps you to make the connections you need


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.

You can discover content using your area of interest, from ICT to transport; from space to health – all major UK economic sectors are covered. Once you have selected your interests, using our intelligent tagging system, we will then display rich and relevant content related to your area, often from surprising sources.

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.

All content on the platform has been carefully curated by our team of innovation specialists – not by an automated algorithm – so you can be confident that KTN is connecting you to the most relevant cutting-edge information.


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.

Visit our people pages to connect directly with expertise in your sector.

Visit the KTN refreshed online platfom here


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2012 M2M Sector Map

The latest in our series of invaluable sector maps covers the M2M communication market, which is still very much in its early adoption stage. However, cumulative cellular M2M connections are forecast to increase more than three-fold by 2016, according to ABI Research. Correspondingly, connectivity revenue is predicted to more than double in a similar time frame.

By 2020, Machina Research is forecasting that Europe will be the biggest M2M region, accounting for 28%of worldwide M2M connections. However, the largest individual countries will be China and the US, with 20% of the market each.

Machina also believes that over 70% of M2M devices will be connected by short range technologies, mostly WiFi.

Altogether, “the IoT is expected to connect 50 billion devices by 2020. That’s 6 for each man, woman and child on the planet,” Neelie Kroes Vice President for the European Commission, is quoted as saying (2011).

Key market motivators are found to be:

1. Mobile Network Operators need to develop further growth opportunities with current subscriber numbers now reaching their peak.
2. Opportunities created by initiatives such as the European Commission’s Smart Grid and eCall projects.
3. The falling cost in embedding technology

These are just a few of the key facts to be found on the 2012 M2M Sector map, which also holds valuable information – in graph format – of the various groupings of businesses involved in the area - technology enablers, industry associations and services and applications, for example.

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