June 2nd 2011 - A new Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has been launched, designed to stimulate innovation in the Information and Communications Technology sector. One of its first actions is to publish a report on the Future of the Internet.

The new Information and Communications Technology KTN (ICT KTN) – www.ictktn.org– will seek to deliver improved industrial performance through innovation and collaboration, helping to stimulate economic growth, while providing an independent business voice in the sector. It will address key aspects of Information and Communications Technology, including the latter’s transformational role as an enabler in many business sectors.

The new organisation merges the activities of the previous Digital Communications and Digital Systems KTNs and is hosted by the not-for profit ICT KTN Company Ltd, working in association with Intellect, NPL and QinetiQ. These four organisations had worked together to deliver the previously separate KTNs. “I am delighted that we are hosting the new KTN” said Richard Nicol, Chair of the ICT KTN Company. “I look forward to working with the new directors who have joined the Company Board”.

The ICT KTN will work across the entire UK, in partnership with regional networks and bodies, and the devolved administrations. It will accelerate innovation through interactions between members of the stakeholder community at meetings, workshops, master classes and other events, both physical and online, and through the publication of position papers, roadmaps, thought leadership articles and case studies. The KTN will also seek to encourage increased inward investment and support the growth of UK based ICT companies.

As one of its first activities the ICT KTN has published a report detailing the findings of a major survey of leading representatives from UK industry and academia, into how the UK can establish a lead position in the roll out of the Future Internet - tinyurl.com/FutureInternetReport.

The strategy of the KTN will be established by a Programme Steering Board chaired by Dr Mike Short, Vice President of Public Affairs at Telefónica Europe. “The UK has world leading expertise in ICT, but this is distributed widely across many organisations ” says Dr Mike Short, ”The new KTN will strive to bring these communities together to strengthen knowledge transfer and maximise the economic and social benefits for the UK through advances in ICT. Future Internet developments is just one key example of our work areas”

Dr Philip Hargrave has been appointed as CEO and Network Director of the ICT KTN, roles he previously performed on behalf of the Digital Communications KTN. “My vision for KTN is that it should be the focal point in the UK for innovation in ICT systems”, says Dr Hargrave. “We will seek to accelerate such innovation and identify and address technological and business issues that would otherwise delay or even prevent its take up in the UK.”

Knowledge Transfer Networks, overseen by the Technology Strategy Board (www.innovateuk.org), operate in specific fields of technology or business application and bring together people from businesses, universities, research, finance and technology organisations to stimulate innovation through knowledge transfer, helping to stimulate economic growth.

For further information please contact:

ICT KTN,

Russell Square House,

10-12 Russell Square,

London WCIB 5EE,

Tel: +44 (0)207 331 2056,

Email: info[at]ictktn[dot]org.uk,

Web: www.ictktn.org.uk

Media Contact:

Eddie Murphy
ICT KTN
Tel: 07966 404 813
Email: eddie[dot]murphy[at]ictktn[dot]org[dot]uk

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About the ICT KTN Co Ltd

The ICT KTN Co Ltd was established in 2007 as a not-for-profit company with the specific aim of delivering knowledge transfer activity on behalf of the Technology Strategy Board. It was previously known as the Digital Communications KTN Co Ltd, and has hitherto been promoting knowledge transfer in this important element of the wider ICT sector for which it now has responsibility.

About The Technology Strategy Board

The Technology Strategy Board is a business-led government body which works to create economic growth by ensuring that the UK is a global leader in innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit www.innovateuk.org.

About Intellect - The Technology Trade Association.

Intellect provides a collective voice for its members and drives connections with government and business to create a commercial environment in which they can thrive. Intellect represents more than 780 companies ranging from SMEs to multinationals. As the hub for this community, Intellect is able to draw upon a wealth of experience and expertise to ensure that its members are best placed to tackle challenges now and in the future. For further information please visit www.intellectuk.org.

About NPL

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is the UK’s National Measurement Institute and one of the UK's leading science and research facilities. It is a world-leading centre of excellence in developing and applying the most accurate standards, science and technology available. For further information please visit www.npl.co.uk or call +44 20 8977 3222

About QinetiQ

QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical advice to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. Its unique positioning enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies. For further information please visit www.qinetiq.com.

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