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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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Winners of TSB funding for first stage of IoT competition announced

The TSB has announced the companies who will each receive £50,000 for preparatory research to develop the apps and services needed to move the UK towards an Internet of Things (IoT). The winning firms are:  AIMES Grid Services, British Telecommunications plc, Cambridge Wireless Ltd, Focus Innovation Ltd, Globosense Ltd, Housing 21, In Touch Ltd, InteliTap Ltd, Swirrl IT Ltd and WattBox Ltd.

The investment is the first stage of a government-backed initiative, managed by the TSB, to encourage and accelerate the work on the Internet of Things, which describes the trend for environments, buildings, vehicles, clothing, portable devices and other objects to sense, communicate, network and produce new information.

The next stage, following the completion of preparatory studies later this year, will see the TSB  invest up to £4 million more in a competition to fund a “convergence demonstrator”, which will aim to  show the benefits of merging apps and services together through the Internet of Things.

David Bott, Director of Innovation Programmes at the Technology Strategy Board, said:

“The Internet of Things has the potential to stimulate large scale investment, create jobs and bring substantial economic growth.  The number of connected objects is estimated to reach 50 billion by 2020, and the potential added value of services using the Internet of Things is likely to be in the range of hundreds of billions of pounds a year, with new business models, applications and services across different sectors of the economy.”

The TSB has also established a Special Interest Group of relevant companies and organisations to build awareness of the opportunities provided by the Internet of Things, help shape the Technology Strategy Board’s programme and promote wider participation.  In particular, the Special Interest Group is carrying out a research and development road-mapping project, in collaboration with the Research Councils.  The results of the project are likely to be released in a few months time.

The internet of Things  has been associated with various other terms, having broadly similar meaning in other contexts, some of these are: Pervasive Internet, Connected Environments, Smart Places, Smart Cities, Connected Cars, Ubiquitous Computing, Everyware, Connected World, Physical Internet, Smart Homes, Smart Meters, Wireless Sensor Networks, Ambient Intelligence, M2M and Web of Things

 
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