The aims, priorities and delivery strategy of the Digital Communications KTN in helping to deliver a Digital Britain
The Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Network (DC-KTN) takes a broad view of what constitutes communications. 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 primary objective of the DC-KTN is to stimulate economic growth. It plans to achieve this through facilitating the development of digital communications technologies and their adoption as a key enabler in other industries.
To this end, 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 overall target is to ensure that future communications infrastructure will be fit for purpose.
The DC-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 digital communications sector. It is funded principally by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB). It is governed by a Company Board of Directors, but also has a Programme Steering Group, which identifies the priorities for the DC-KTN. This priority list is monitored continually and updated as events happen and trends become apparent.
The current priority list comprises:
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 order to extend the reach of these activities, it has created a ?network of networks?, through which it collaborates with a wide selection of established organisations.
The total number of DC-KTN events held during the 12 months of operation to 31 July 2009 was 49. Of these, 19 were held in London, 30 in other regions of the UK. The total number of distinct individuals who participated in these events was 1,783. In addition, the DC-KTN has supported around 20 more events of interest to the sector which were managed by other organisations. Examples of the type of events held by the DC-KTN include:
Working groups are a key mechanism to ensure that the activities of the DC-KTN are appropriately focused. They are formed where the DC-KTN recognises that it can benefit from regular input on a particular priority area. As with many other sectors, the digital communications sector is far too diverse to allow any one individual or a small group to keep up with all the relevant developments.
The Programme Steering Board therefore 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 working group managers who have a level of expertise in 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 demanding schedules.
Currently, the list of working groups includes:
This list is expected to expand and change over time, with some groups running their course and wrapping up their activities and others emerging as new issues and priorities arise.
For further information, contact:
Philip Hargrave, DC-KTN CEO and Network Director
Tel: 020 7331 2056
Added the 04 October 2009 in category Innovation UK Vol5-2