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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

Right On Time: Automating Military Logistics

DASA is seeking to identify innovations that can deliver a step change in military logistics capability across the Maritime, Land and Air domains.

Opens: 02/02/2021 Closes: 25/03/2021

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Wireless Communications, Networking and Information Theory Competition

£500,000 available for innovation to boost UK wireless communications capability in Information Advantage challenge

Opens: 10/02/2021 Closes: 07/04/2021

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ISCF Digital Security by Design: business led demonstrators phase 1 EOI

UK registered businesses can apply for a share of up to £6 million to collaborate on market demonstrator projects showcasing the use and adoption of digital security by design technologies.

Opens: 01/03/2021 Closes: 26/05/2021

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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

13.01.2021

Three NEW Urban KTN iX Challenges for India are now open!

Do you have an excellent project idea to keep people in public spaces safe during pandemics? Or perhaps an innovative solution to monitoring or improving air quality? Or an excellent way to reduce waste and improve circular economy in urban Indian cities? Then we’d love to hear from you.

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13.01.2021

Interested in the future of CyberSecurity? Preview the new at the CyberASAP Demo Day - Thursday 18th February.

Cyber Security presents a constant threat to businesses, governments and individuals. To tackle it, we need a continuous pipeline of innovative solutions, many of which are born in academic labs throughout the UK.

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