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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Is this the UK’s first IoT powered smart shop?

The Dandy Lab, a concept “pop up” store enhanced by sensor technology, holds claim to be the UK's very first Internet of Things (IoT) powered smart shop. It officially opened its doors in London on Friday. 
Located in Spitalfields, the shop sells menswear and footwear made by British companies.
Co-Founder Peter Jeun Ho Tsang, believes that his venture represents the "future of retail" based on the principles of : shopping, exposing the products, proximity with clients and personalised experience. "It is about how to merge the physical world with the digital world,” he says. 
Sensors are embedded throughout the shop with the data they gather analysed and used to transform the space in real time, giving retailers a view of what items to carry at particular times and where to display stock. Also connecting are the air conditioning, lighting and electricity, to give retailers a view of the whole ecosystem.
Commentators have long heralded the advent of so-called smart shops to “connect the unconnected” providing shoppers with real time tailored responsive experiences; the shop will gather detailed information on how shoppers are acting within the store with data collected from the moment they enter.
Cisco is a partner in the venture and supplies the store’s network solutions; its Meraki Cloud controls wifi and security. 
The store will be open on a beta trial for seven months a the view to opening on a permanent basis early next year.
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