Category Archives: IBM

Students help build customer service

We just said goodbye to two excellent summer students, one undergraduate and one post grad masters. They have been working on a customer project using IBM’s cognitive computing system, Watson.

The Cognitive Adventurer – David Ralph

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David Ralph is a Masters student having graduated with a Bachelors degree from the School of Computing, University of Portsmouth. Responsible for the development of the API and the backend services. David enjoyed using Bluemix to rapidly create the customer service and in particular the Watson cognitive capabilities.

 

We have used machine learning to perform intelligent analysis of our information sources to generate content for our users which offers valuable business insights.

Front-End Guru – Jack Mason

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Jack Mason is a second-year undergraduate also from the School of Computing, University of Portsmouth, studying Web Technologies. He is responsible for the front end and the user experience. Jack enjoyed the opportunity to make his own choice of enabling technologies for the project. Continue reading

Boathouse demonstraton in Perspex

IoT Demonstrators a Go Go

Demo Time

KnowNow will be undertaking a mini tour of its IoT demonstrator during September.    The story kicks off with an update to the demo we already have showcasing IBM Bluemix at the IoT Lab in Hursley.    The demo is a bite sized version of BeatHouse.

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ComputerWeekly article

ComputerWeekly LogoKnowNow is one of just a few companies at the forefront of dealing with data in a manner that is suitable to the IoT – Clive Longbottom, July 2015

There is an excellent article published on ComputerWeekly.com today written by Clive Longbottom. Clive came to IBM Hursley last week on the day that our BeatHouse demonstration was installed in their IoT laboratory.

IoT lab at IBM Hursley

IoT lab IBM Hursley

As well as looking at the demonstrations we had a wide ranging discussion about everything from the growth in requirements for data expertise to the implications for security and privacy.

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IoT and BeatHouse from KnowNow

This week we have been setting up a demonstration of our BeatHouse service at the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) lab in Hursley, Winchester. It will be used by ourselves and IBM to demonstrate how you can use their suite of technologies to rapidly develop new services using real-time information.

What is BeatHouse anyway?

BeatHouse - Grand Prix analytics for your home

BeatHouse – Grand Prix analytics for your home

BeatHouse is our name for a home monitoring and actuation system that allows you to automate the control of heat and energy throughout your home. Sensors measure the temperatures in various spaces and signals are sent to vents that allow the heat to be efficiently shared.

The name BeatHouse comes from the initial deployment – a new build home being built in the middle of the South Downs National Park. It is replacing the old police house that stood in it’s place, hence the name. You can watch video of the original house being demolished here.

The new BeatHouse is being built to Passivhaus specifications which means that it will be highly insulated. It will only take 4 towel rails and the heat from its occupants to provide all of the heat that will be required. This has made it the perfect location for us to test our sensor technologies.

So how does BeatHouse from KnowNow Information work?

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Number 1 on the guide to Startups for London Technology Week!

Number 1

KnowNow are the Number 1 Tech StartUp ranked by the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program at London Tech Week.     A fantastic result and recognition for all the hard work we have put in working with IBM Bluemix and delivering award winning smart city innovations.

Smart City Services Company

KnowNow are a Smart City Services company delivering award winning IT innovation.   David

KnowNow Logo

KnowNow Logo

Patterson (KnowNow co-founder) is talking about KnowNow’s BeatHouse and Flood Event Model projects on Tuesday 16th June from 6pm at the IBM BlueMix Garage on L24, One Canada Square, for BluemIx’s 1st Birthday celebrations.

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Know Now Press Release: BeatHouse Service Launched

BeatHouse by KnowNow Information Ltd

PRESS RELEASE

KnowNow Information to launch ‘smart’ domestic energy management system at Eco Technology Show, Brighton

  • Brings level of data analysis benefits found in grand prix motor racing to domestic space and water heating management
  • Reflects rapid growth of Internet of Things (IoT) technology
  • First installation to be in super-insulated, new-build ‘Beat House’ project in Hampshire conservation area

Eco Technology Show, 11-12 June 2015, Amex Stadium, Brighton, East Sussex, UK

KnowNow Information Ltd., Stand E36

Portsmouth, Hampshire – June 10, 2015 – For immediate release:

A new domestic energy management system, designed to minimise space and hot water heating costs throughout the home by using motor racing style data analysis methods and Internet of Things (IoT) technology, is to be launched by its designers, KnowNow Information, at the Eco Technology exhibition in Brighton, June 11-12, Stand E36.

The first system will be installed in Beathouse a new home being built now within a Hampshire conservation area. Constructed with highly insulated factory-made panels, the four-bedroom dwelling will only require four towel rails to heat it. The monthly energy bill calculated by using the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is around £70 but with KnowNow’s system, total energy costs are expected to be far lower.

Space heating of rooms is anticipated to require minimal energy and to prove the point the house will be closely monitored in real time using the KnowNow system. The system incorporates advanced sensing devices from a global manufacturer of energy monitoring technology, and data analysis resources from IBM Bluemix, a leading cloud-based internet services platform.

A short presentation about the new system and its first application in the house in Hampshire will be given at the Eco Technology Show 2015 by Chris Cooper, chief technical officer of KnowNow Information. It will take place on day one (Thursday June 11th) in the Innovation Zone at 10:40 hrs.

KnowNow at the EcoTech Show

Speaking & Showing

EcoTech Show 2015 Logo

Eco Tech Show 2015

KnowNow have been invited to this years EcoTech show in Brighton on June 11th & 12th.   This will be the 3rd year I have attended but the first time I have been as a participant.  KnowNow has both a stand and also a speaking slot.

We will be showing off the Beat House project on stand E36, showcasing the technology and telling the story as to why we picked the components we did and what we expect to happen with this project.   Plus, I will take the opportunity to talk about some of the other exciting new innovations KnowNow has got involved in, from our smart cities consulting and design service, through to our big data expertise and the award winning Flood Event Model.

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Countdown

Week 8 to 11 @ Cognicity – Final Countdown

Final Countdown

Apologies for the break in the blog cycle and the jump to week 11 from the last update way back on week 7.  A personal saga has been my prime focus.  However,  loads has happened and we are now on the final stretch of Cognicity.

Countdown

Final Countdown

Week 8 was all about Interoperability.  Plus we got to pitch to Sir George!  Week 9 we should have met the client but missed the meeting.  Week 10 we finally did meet the client.   We are now on the final countdown gunning towards the finishing line.

Cognicity has been a hugely positive deal for KnowNow.  A truly fab experience so far and you never know.  We may even win it!

 

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Flooding & WUDoWUD. What’s in a name?

 Flooding and WUDoWUD

Our WUDoWUD project has seen significant progress over the last few weeks thanks to the tireless work of the team from the STFC and IBM.

Car trapped in flooding  in the road

Car trapped in a ford

Our approach to the project has been to use historic data to help predict which areas would be susceptible to future flooding events. In particular we look where cars pass through fords in the road either getting the occupants stuck in their vehicle or causing secondary flooding for households as the bow wave from the car overtops local flood defences.

 

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Week 7 @ Cognicity

KnowNow’s 7th week at Cognicity

CW March sunset

Sunset this week from Level 24

Waterloo Sunset

I am lucky in some respects in that I have seen some cracking sunsets.  With the evenings getting longer photos like the one above will have to be taken later and later.  Which is what I am expecting as KnowNow nears the finishing line for the Cognicity Challenge.  I am sure KnowNow will be following a proud tradition of all IT projects of working late till the deadline!

This week saw us focus on pulling together a team of fellow Cognicters delivering a Interoperability point of view for a pending visit at the start of week 8 from Sir George Iacobescu    (chairman of Canary Wharf Group).   How that pitch went will be the subject of next weeks blog! Plus, I had a great session with Luis Lopes on a Business Model Canvas walkthrough on our Augmented Reality capability that we are demonstrating as part of the kn-i showcase.

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