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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.

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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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An energy efficient industrial Internet

Enabling Internet-connected machines to communicate and operate automatically can bring substantial efficiency gains, according to a report by General Electric (GE) published last month. 

The report, "Industrial Internet: Pushing the Boundaries of Minds and Machines", claims the "Industrial Internet" has the potential to add $10-15 trillion to global GDP by 2030 and reduce inefficiency across industries such as healthcare, energy and transportation.

By combining Internet-connected machines, product diagnostics, software and analytics, the Industrial Internet could boost annual productivity growth. However, to achieve this, the report warns that countries and companies must focus on innovation and invest in deploying the necessary sensors, improve cyber security, and educate a new class of "digital-mechanical" engineers.

The MIT Technology Review reports that at GE’s San Ramon base, researchers are developing new user interfaces that can help people visualize industrial data with the aid of maps, simulations, and Twitter-like social networks for equipment. One room is filled with large display screens hooked up to a Microsoft Kinect. Researchers there demonstrated how a utility worker could use hand gestures to swim through data visualizations to help make decisions about his section of the power grid. GE says it is also working with a Canadian utility company to predict tree-trimming hot spots using satellite images combined with maps of weather conditions and locations of past outages.

New York City’s Mount Sinai Medical Center is also working with GE to put sensors and transmitters on hospital beds and equipment, to keep track of which are in use. GE claims the 1,100-bed hospital could admit 10,000 more patients a year if it had better information.

Most of the sectors that GE’s initiative covers — transportation, aviation, locomotives, power generation, power distribution, oil and gas development, and industrial processes — are highly energy-reliant and the use of digital technologies in these sectors is meant to enable the use of energy as efficiently as possible. The one exception is digital health care.

Essentially, GE is spearheading a rebranding of “green,” which according to GigaOm, is happening throughout much of American Industry. Quite a few investors — and some innovators — have moved away from so-called cleantech, they write. However, linked, as it is, to the buzz around “the Internet of Things,” the use of digital technology to enable industry to reduce energy consumption and better manage resources is an attractive propostiion.

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