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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Direct operator billing: on the (micro) ascendant?

It may be starting small, with app and in app purchases and small online transactions, but the indicators show that direct operator billing is starting to take off and Juniper Research predicts that operator billing revenues worldwide will rise from $2 billion in 2012 to over $13 billion by 2017. Visa estimates that by 2020 mobile payments will account for more than 50 per cent of their transactions.

Earlier this month, Telefonica Digital added its first manufacturer, Samsung Electronics, to its portfolio of companies - Blackberry, Google, Facebook and Microsoft - with whom it has mobile billing agreements. 

The new Samsung deal means that Telefonica customers will be able to charge the price of apps and other content to their mobile phone bill.

Meanwhile, the UK Mobile Operator backed micropayment scheme, Payforit,  is next month running an event on mobile billing for any business that is keen to target the UK’s growing smartphone and mobile-savvy audience.

One example of how Payforit is utilised is http://www.nomadrail.com/. They’ve been using Payforit for over 18 months for consumers to pay for the onboard WiFi on trains and noticed that more people would rather charge their monthly mobile bill for this small infrequent transaction than entering credit card details.

New research from international payments provider VocaLink reveals that growing smartphone ownership is driving the mobile payments revolution in the UK, with 60% of consumers now owning a smartphone. 

Whilst the survey finds that the appetite for mobile payments in the UK is growing with 20% already using the facility,  younger adults are especially likely to be mobile payment users (41% of 16 to 24 year olds).

However behaviour is fragmented with mobile payments currently used on an ad hoc basis in a range of situations from paying for parking (5%) to purchasing groceries in supermarkets (3%) with no one solution which attracts more than 5% of current mobile payment users on a regular basis.

 

Interested in finding out more about mobile operator billing? The Payforit summit takes place in London on 26 June 2013. More information is available here. The Summit is co-sponsored by the UK mobile network operators O2, Orange, Three, T-Mobile, and Vodafone. Tickets for the day are £99, with a 25% discount for AIME members and their customers, when booking online using the discount code AIME25.

 
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