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Enabling Technologies

Enabling Technologies are the foundation of today’s digital society; they include electronics, sensors, photonics, RF systems and computing.  Every market sector has increased use of technology to increase performance, extend capability and improve ease of use – from smartphones to medical diagnostics and industrial automation.

An example would be a car – modern cars contain 50 to 100 embedded computers using data from up to 100 sensors.  By 2030 it is expected that 50% of the cost of the car will be electronics and associated technologies.

Within the home we expect fast internet and great WiFi to connect our computers and run our connected devices – from light bulbs or heating thermostats to smart devices such as Alexa. Advances in photonics significantly improves the resolution and quality of TV pictures.

Within the manufacturing sector digitalisation is seen as the key driver for productivity improvement in the UK – automation and monitoring of equipment are built on enabling technologies.

The KTN Enabling Technologies team helps organisations interested in developing, or using, innovative technologies to access funding, expert knowledge and to form collaborations. If you are a business working on innovative products, services or processes we can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise. 

Our experts work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and spin-outs, to medium sized enterprises and multinational organisations. This includes organisations that are undertaking R&D to generate new, innovative products or services that help the UK economy or deliver social good.

Current focus

Electronics

Electronics is the enabler of all things digital. It is the hardware and embedded software that allows products and processes to communicate, have power, have intelligence and awareness, be controlled, be automated and operate safely. It’s built into many sectors, including health, aerospace, manufacturing and retail.

Photonics

Photonics is the science and technology of light. This includes lasers, optical systems and components, as well as fibre optics. Photonics is a £13.5bn industry in the UK. Photonics technology is used across various UK industries and in society, from optical communications and data storage to laser sensors for autonomous vehicles.

Sensors

Sensor technologies create measurements and convert them into digital data. This data can then be analysed to inform decision making. What’s being measured could be chemical, bological, physical, mechanical or any other quantities such as chemicals, proteins, weight, dimensions and more.

Funding Opportunities

SBRI Greenhouse Gas Removals Innovation Competition - Phase 1 (Design Study)

The supplier must undertake and report on a design study into the development of innovative greenhouse gas removals or related enabling technologies (excluding afforestation or habitat restoration).

Opens: 09/11/2020 Closes: 05/02/2021

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Development of the Digital Security by Design Software Ecosystem

UK registered SMEs can apply for a share of up to £1.5m for fast-start short-term projects. Funding is to investigate requirements for adoption of Digital Security by Design (DSbD) technologies across the software development ecosystem.

Opens: 30/11/2020 Closes: 13/01/2021

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UFO (Small Flying Objects) call for proposals

UFO is seeking collaborative projects (of 2 or more SMEs) to develop innovative products and services by integrating new embedded technology solutions in the Small Flying Objects (SFO) area i.e. Smallsats, Drones and High Altitude platform systems

Opens: 27/11/2020 Closes: 18/02/2021

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Events

Thu
27
Aug
2020

Engaging a Diverse Workforce for the Future (Driving the Electric Revolution)

15.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Tue
1
Sep
2020

Photonics for...Environmental Monitoring

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Tue
29
Sep
2020

Photonics for...Manufacture.

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

04.11.2020

Measurement challenges and solutions in Manufacturing Brokerage - Showcase opportunity for UK measurement technology companies with China counterparts

Online brokerage, jointly organised by KTN and DIT, specifically designed to promote and facilitate the development of collaborations and corporations between UK’s innovation communities in sensing technologies and China’s world-class industry manufacturing communities

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25.11.2020

Help for UK companies is available now through the Measurement for Recovery (M4R) programme

Measurement for Recovery helps solve analysis or measurement issues that cannot be resolved using standard technologies and techniques.

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