The UK has a leading-edge digital communications industry, which the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network aims to build upon and develop.
Communications technology is a vital component of the UK economy, both directly through the communications sector, and as an enabler for most other sectors of the economy. Indeed, digital communications is transformational for many sectors, creating new ways of doing business. The objective of the Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (DC-KTN) is to facilitate knowledge exchange on digital communications technologies and their capabilities within the sector and with other sectors which depend on digital communications.
The DC-KTN takes a broad view of what constitutes communications infrastructure. It includes, among other things, the network and service infrastructure through which people access content and services of all kinds: fixed and mobile access networks, broadcasting networks, the core network infrastructure and the service infrastructure for both content and communications services and their security.
The UK has leading-edge digital communications research, world-class operators, is a preferred location for many inward investors and has thousands of companies dependent on communications technology. Our aim is to build on this capability, to enable UK-based companies to compete globally, and to enhance the competitiveness of those other sectors of the economy dependent on digital communications.
The primary objective of the DC-KTN is to stimulate economic growth, facilitating the development of digital communications technologies and their adoption as a key enabler in other industries. It aims to:
A particular focus of this KTN is the application of the above in other sectors. This involves close collaboration with other KTNs such as Grid Computing, Location and Timing, Cyber Security, Photonics, Electronics, Healthcare Technologies, Intelligent Transport Systems and Creative Industries. The target is to ensure that future communications infrastructure will be fit for purpose.
NETWORK OF NETWORKS
The DC-KTN collaborates closely with a range of existing networks as a means of extending its reach and supporting successful existing activities. Our interaction with other networks in our first year of operation has been extensive and highly successful. The organisations in our network of networks include:
The mutual co-operation benefits all the organisations involved and greatly enhances the dissemination of information in the digital communications sector.
The Digital Communications KTN has been established on a not-for-profit basis by senior company representatives from the equipment manufacturer, network operator, service provider, application developer and broadcaster segments of the sector. It is funded by the Technology Strategy Board. It is governed by a Company Board, but the DC-KTN also has a Programme Steering Group. The Steering Group identifies the priorities for the DC-KTN. This priority list is monitored continually and is updated as events happen and trends become apparent:
As a knowledge transfer organisation, the DC-KTN has a number of primary forms of activity. The most important of these are events and working groups. In addition to these it also provides a website (www.dcktn.org.uk) and a newsletter sent to members every month.
From its launch of operations in the second quarter of 2008, the DC-KTN has organised more than 40 events in diverse locations around the UK on topics of interest to the digital communications and other sectors. It has also supported around 20 more events of interest to the sector which were managed by other organisations.
Examples of the type of events that are held by the DC-KTN include:
Working Groups are a key mechanism to ensure that the activities of the DC-KTN are appropriately focused. As with many other sectors, the digital communications sector is far too diverse to allow any one or small group of individuals to keep up with all the relevant developments. Therefore, the Steering Board chooses areas of focus for working groups and a group of experts is then assembled to advise on the developments within that area.
Key to the successful operation of a working group is the role of the Domain Expert. These are essentially Working Group managers who have a level of expertise on the area covered. Their role is to ensure that the Working Groups maintain momentum ? a critical role when most Working Group members are senior people with punishing schedules.
Currently, the list of working groups includes:
For further information about the DC-KTN, contact:
the DC-KTN CEO and
Network Director on
Tel: 020 7331 2056
Added the 25 August 2009 in category Innovation UK Vol5-1