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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.

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.

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From Friday, texting your oven becomes a reality – welcome to the internet of things

On Friday, 1st June, oven manufacturer AGA is releasing a cooker that can be controlled by text message or app. The company has signed a deal with service provider Orange and the AGA iTotal Control cooker will include specially integrated Orange SIM cards and a proprietary M2M management platform. Consumers will be able to text their oven commands, or download an app to control oven components via a touch-screen.

The oven will respond to simple text message commands such as “baking oven on” or “all ovens off”. Users receive a reply confirming the action has been taken.  AGA’s require a relatively long time to warm up - an hour compared to 10 minutes for a conventional oven - so remotely controlling these particular stoves makes a lot of sense, enabling customers to plan ahead.

For customers with a smartphone or tablet, applications can be downloaded from Google Play or the App Store. These provide a visualization of the iTotal Control oven and a dedicated web portal has been designed to allow control from a PC or laptop.

The oven’s M2M management platform has also been designed to provide a self-service portal through which customers can access and manage all account information, with complete control over all SIM accounts and the potential for integration with CRM systems.  Connection profiles, Call Detail Records and Tariff bundles can all be managed by AGA directly through the portal, as well as the direct ordering of additional SIM cards.

Richard Fozard, Marketing Director, AGA Rangemaster said “Integrating a new technology like M2M with a well-known traditional cooker like an AGA has been an incredibly exciting project for us. Working with the Everything Everywhere team to be at the forefront of innovation, and taking advantage of new technologies on the market such as M2M, is something we’re very proud of”.

Marc Overton Vice President of M2M at Everything, Everywhere, which runs Orange in the UK,  commented: 

“Working with an iconic British brand such as AGA to create the iTotal Control oven has proved just how relevant M2M and connectivity is to everyone, even if they never imagined having a conversation with their ovens before!”

There is however a hefty price tag for this level of innovation. Talking to your cooker will set you back £10,090.

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