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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London 2012 to test 'smart city' operating system

London’s Greenwich peninsula is to be the test bed for Urban OS, an operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future. Developed by Living Plan IT to interlink and connect buildings, street lights and city systems, the system is to launch in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games and will include a cable car, a dock for cruise ships as well as newly connected homes and businesses.

Urban OS is different from traditional operating systems in that it is designed to be extremely robust, a priority for a system that will need to control  interlinked health systems. However despite the benefits and huge energy saving costs, there are also challenges relating to the data on people living in smart cities. This will have to be stored and processed in a way in that it can’t identify citizens. 

Living Plan IT is partnering with Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council for the project. In one newly built office block, there are plans to implant thousands of sensors that will monitor external and internal conditions to create smart lighting and heating systems. Smart lamp posts and smart vests that have microsensors embedded in them to monitor heart rate and other vital signs are also to be tested on the platform.

The idea of smart cities has become the latest hot topic in the tech industry. By 2050 it is estimated that 70% of the world's population will live in cities and Living Plan IT estimates that £13tn will be spent in developing and regenerating urban spaces between now and 2020.

In March, the UK government announced that it has allocated £50m for 10 cities to acquire "ultra-fast" broadband connections. The winners will be announced in the autumn. 

Is your city bidding to be one of the 10 to receive government funds to become super-connected? If so don’t miss: Get Connected, opportunities for cities and towns, 29th May in central London. 

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