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UKINNOVATION UK41 Apps Store, Google Android, Microsoft Marketplace and Symbian Horizon. Location is a vital part of new social networking applications, set to revolutionise personal interactions in business and leisure. Timing is a vital, underpinning technology for next- gen-eration networks, as, unlike previous infrastructure, time and synchronisation must be brought to the edges of the network rather than be provided once at the centre. New products such as TV over the Internet impose new requirements to provide a satisfactory user experience. Timing and synchronisation are vital components for new mobile connectivity technologies such as WiMAX and femtocells, and in upgrading existing networks where the demand for bandwidth ( for example, for the iPhone) is driving operators to provide much more capacity. Timing is also an important product in its own right, for example for time stamping financial transactions wherever they occur in the world. The combination of location and mobile connectivity looks set to revolutionise the way we live, as the phone becomes your wallet and travel- billing mechanism ( it knows where and when you travelled), and personal information and entertainment provider. There are barriers to overcome addressing satellite navigation and timing vulnerability, providing reli-able location within buildings and in ensuring privacy, and co- ordinated action will be needed to unlock the potential of this technology in transport automation and traveller assistance. The Location and Timing Programme within the Digital Business KTN is the only organisation representing the location and timing community in the UK, at this critical time as we enter a mobile world with ubiquitous commu-nication and location (" anything, anywhere, anytime"). To deliver this ambitious new programme and for the new KTN as a whole, we anticipate drawing upon the skills and new products and services being introduced by the leading industry suppliers around the world, capi-talising upon innovation taking place at the coal face of the industry in small and medium- sized organisations with a track record of innovation and, of course, our colleagues from the distributed computing communities in the standards and academic worlds. There is much potentially usable knowledge already available. We will work hard to identify the leading lights to bring this infor-mation to members of the new KTN through our proven tools of thought leadership, background information, case studies, online events and face- to- face special-interest group meetings. The new KTN is launching at Innovate ' 09, where there will be a special series of displays on the Digital Zone in the conference area. We will be featuring examples of innovation in many of our key activities, and offer-ing updates on the means of joining and accessing this treasure trove of innovation for the Digital Economy. We will be working with colleagues in the TSB and Digital Communications KTN to feature activities that will lead to innovation as part of the flagship Digital Britain programme. Come join us at Innovate ' 09 or online and be an active member of the new community. For more information, contact: Ian Osborne Director, Digital Business KTN E- mail: ian. osborne@ intellectuk. org Digital Business Knowledge Transfer Network Digital Business digital business ktn

42INNOVATION UKINNOVATION The aims, priorities and delivery strategy of the Digital Communications KTN in helping to deliver a Digital Britain Stimulating innovation for competitiveness The Digital Communications Knowledge Transfer Net-work ( 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. Aims 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: » » Deliver improved industrial performance through innovation and new collaborations » » Drive knowledge transfer between the supply and demand sides of digital communications » » Facilitate innovation and knowledge transfer » » Provide a forum for a coherent business voice to inform government of its needs » » Encourage increasing inward investment and support the growth of the UK- based activities of global companies involved in digital communications » » Promote digital communications as a sector that is vibrant and rewarding to work in. 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, Health-care Technologies, Intelligent Transport Systems and Creative Industries. The overall target is to ensure that future communications infrastructure will be fit for purpose. Priorities The DC- KTN has been established on a not- for- profit basis by senior company representatives from the equip-ment 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 gov-erned by a Company Board of Directors, but also has a Programme Steering Group, which identifies the pri-orities for the DC- KTN. This priority list is monitored continually and updated as events happen and trends become apparent. The current priority list comprises: » » Broadband - next generation access » » Radio spectrum » » UK participation in Framework Programme 7 ( FP7) and other R& D collaboration » » Broadcast and the role of the Internet » » Digital communications skills » » UK R& D ranking » » Digital communications benchmarking missions » » Readiness for UK Web 2.0 and beyond » » Security and identity management » » Support for Digital Britain ( transport, education, health, and energy and the environment) » » Payment systems in a digital communications world » » Investors » » The green agenda » » The future of the Internet. Delivery strategy As a knowledge- transfer organisation, the DC- KTN has a number of primary forms of activity. The most impor-tant of these are events and working groups. In order to extend the reach of these activities, it has created a " net-work of networks", through which it collaborates with a wide selection of established organisations. Communications Digital comunications KTN