We have global connections to expert world-leading figures in industry and education including integrated power systems and defence aerospace companies and numerous prestigious universities in the UK, Europe and the United States
Through a strong R&D approach to technology development, and a prevalent scientific direction, we work closely with our collaborators using innovative methods to develop our products and eradicate uncertainty to produce a high rate of investment.
Our Research Collaborators
The University of Sheffield is one of the most highly respected sources of computer science expertise in the world today and K-Now are proud to maintain a close working relationship with them.
K-Now is a spin out of the University of Sheffield Department of Computer Science and was created in 2007 by academics and researchers of the Natural Language Processing and the Organisations, Information and Knowledge Group.
Working through a thorough and intricate process of staggered product development, our partnership concentrates on reducing the risk of uncertainty in our products to obtain a high rate of interest.
After outlining observed and reported basic principles, technology is formulated and tested to make sure it is feasible. A system validation and demonstration takes place before a prototype is developed and then the system is completed and thoroughly tested.
By taking this conclusive approach and working with a strong scientific direction in partnership with the University, K-Now take the inception of an product idea and develop it from an embryonic stage to bring it directly from university to industry.
This process allows us to minimise risks whilst ensuring that the technology is wholly prepared for industry.
Our ongoing collaboration with the GrassMargins project involves more than 4million euros in funding from the European Commission and incorporates work with 15 international partners from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, Russia and China.
The purpose of the project is to identify, characterize and develop new varieties of perennial grasses that show high and stable productivity and require the minimum of additional inputs when grown on areas of marginal land. Once established, these grasses can be re-grown annually for decades and possess environmental beneficial characteristics including enhanced biodiversity and soil stabilisation.
Bio-fuels research and cultivation is extremely challenging both due to the inherent biological issues at hand and the ethical issues it typically raises. The effective cultivation of crops in areas of marginal land that do not compete with agricultural yields is currently amongst the biggest challenges faced by both growers and researchers. In particular, identifying what genera and species are appropriate for specific soil and environmental conditions is key to ensuring the sustainable and responsible use of land worldwide.
Although a wealth of experimental crop yield data exists and is being produced currently through projects such as GrassMargins, there are few means to easily access and interpret such data. Furthermore, crop yield data is normally collected and maintained by different institutions, that creates a barrier for a comprehensive understanding of existing data.
As the sole technology provider in the GrassMargins project, K-Now develops advanced technology that:
- Helps researchers collate information from a variety of institutions, in different formats collected at different points in time (i.e. from 18th century specimen cards to modern database records) under one single platform
- Enhances existing crop data with completely new information from seemingly disconnected data sources, such as world climate statistics and soil quality data
- Provides both growers and researchers with a way to easily search and access information that could not be accessed before
- Conveniently summarises data into easy to interpret visualisations that allows users to understand the likely crop behaviour in specific soil and environmental conditions even before planting
K-Now are also proud collaborators with the major interdisciplinary project WeSenseIt involving funding of more than €5.5 million and 14 partners in the UK and across Europe including Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Holland and is the key technology provider for the Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Vincenza and Delft city water boards.
The WeSenseIt project work provides sensing technologies for flood and water quality management to improve decision making and technology provision for citizen monitoring, social media mining and decision making.
The advantage of our technology is that it creates a bridge over the communication chasm between citizens and decision makers. Important information such as a change in water level can be submitted from ground level to a control room where it is monitored and the likelihood of flooding can be deduced from the close study of real-time data.
By making information available and readily accessible through using the mobile application and the medium of social media, our technology allows decision makers to become more engaged with citizens by creating a clear communication channel between the two.
Citizens can take a major role in prevention of flooding and effectively act as soft sensors to the environment by submitting information through the mobile app that is then displayed onto an information dashboard for use by decision makers.
The decision support system also allows decision makers to interact with data collected as it can be recorded, stored and referenced in future.
Important information such as a change in water level can be monitored and the likelihood of flooding can be deduced from the close study of real-time data.
K- Now are delighted to include a major turbine and aerospace components manufacturer based in Derby, UK as one of our clients, with whom we have been involved since the company was founded through consultancy projects and large TSB-funded projects totalling over £180M.
Aerospace manufacturing and maintenance represents a highly complex task requiring the management of information throughout the entire lifecycle of components that have a lifespan of many decades. Large amounts of information gathered throughout the organisation needs to be constantly accessed and analysed to optimise efforts that ensure the safety, security, effectiveness and profitability of operations when maintaining existing component parts. Such information is also crucial to the effective development of new component parts.
The greatest challenges faced by this client focus on their capability of capitalising on information that transcends international organisation boundaries. Additionally, relevant data is typically encoded in different ways and is stored in many different formats across different departments of the same organisation.
Our team of data analysis experts continues to help this client develop advanced technology that:
- Allows them to standardise the way information about turbine component parts is captured
- Links seemingly unconnected and heterogeneous information generated in their many branches around the world
- Provides employees ranging from engineers to administrators with a way to easily search and access information that could not be accessed before
- Conveniently summarises data into easily interpretable visualisations that allows the client to gain new insights to support product maintenance and development
If you have similar data challenges, contact us for a free consultation to see how we can help you capitalise on your data.
Our impressive resume of clients and collaborations also include a large “food-to-go” manufacturer Adelie, and KPMG and DU360, both of which are expert spend analysis companies for whom K-Now provided technology as part of the K-Spend TSB project.
In the current economic climate, it is increasingly important to scrutinise company expenditure. Taking advantage of economies of scale is one route used to determine where savings can be made within an organisation. Furthermore, organisations are often structured into a hierarchy of many small units that may adopt completely different methods and systems for managing suppliers and recording spending. Having the ability to perform spend analysis is highly beneficial to companies as strategic spending is often found to contribute between 5-10% in savings.
K-Now offers its clients advanced technology that:
- Allows users to normalise the capture of supplier names to improve the potential gains from analysing spend data. You’ll be able to confidently answer questions such as: ‘What do we buy from supplier X?’ or ‘How many suppliers do we have for commodity Y?’.
- Enhances existing spend data with additional supplier information from Companies House (e.g. address, accounts, etc.) and social media
- Automatically classifies line items according to the well known UNSPSC taxonomy and other standard or custom classification systems (e.g. NIGP, UNCCS, SIC, NAICS, eClass or customer specific)
- Provides users with a way to easily search and access information from heterogeneous business units
- Conveniently summarises data into easily translatable visualisations that allows users to gain answers and new insights from spend data
If you have need a bespoke spend analysis solution, contact us for a free consultation to see how we can help you capitalise on your data.