Tomorrow, Friday 27th January is the annual Shaping Portsmouth Conference. Shaping Portsmouth is a community interest company that helps to build partnerships between Portsmouth businesses and the city council. This conference sees the launch of the Portsmouth Business Support Bank.
Tickets are still available for the conference here
Business and Enterprise
KnowNow supports Shaping Portsmouth’s Business and Enterprise (B&E) programme through David who will be attending the conference on Friday. One of the things that David worked on last year with the B&E team, is the creation of the Business Support Bank. The bank is designed to help businesses in Portsmouth by providing access to advice and mentoring around specific business issues.
Business Support Bank expertise
Initially, the advice and expertise will be offered in the following areas
The offer is open to any business or entrepreneur within the PO1 to PO6 postcodes. It accepts applications from those who want help or those who want to provide help.
The Business Support Bank is already working with Portsmouth companies and will be formally launched tomorrow, at the conference.
2016 was a very interesting year from KnowNow’s perspective. We made a decision to pivot, we won some battles, lost some skirmishes and we have made some customers very happy. We also had to say goodbye to some old friends too. As Dave & I both said to each other at our end of year review “it has been a rollercoaster of a year!”.
Does your business see innovation as the way to keep one step ahead of your competitors? Could you use an expert to quickly get you up to speed in the world of Big Data, the Internet of Things or Industry 4.0?
“KnowNow 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, ComputerWeekly.com July 2015.
We are offering qualifying organisations the opportunity to engage us for a half day innovation workshop to help uncover new business value in your existing data and find out where connecting your assets will create new sources of valuable information.
Much of KnowNow’s work involves identifying new business value for our customers in their use of data. This can be improving how cities handle environmental emergencies. It can also be helping a start up business to bring it’s data focused idea to life by helping them in developing an application.
Mobile Development by KnowNow
When we create an application, we choose what we hope are the most appropriate tools for the particular job. Sometimes if we are working for a customer, we will use the tools that the customer proscribes. More often than not though, we are able to decide ourselves which technologies to use. Generally we have settled on developing the application in Bluemix and hosting on Softlayer.
Developing using Bluemix
We like using Bluemix because it enables us to rapidly test new ideas. We can integrate services quickly into our applications and get a fast start in building. There are a great number of services to choose from; databases, single sign-on, analytics and much more. The key factor for us is that these services have been selected by IBM for integration into the platform because they are enterprise class tools. This gives us confidence in recommending them for our customer solutions.
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.
Having just come back to the UK from a smart cities conversation on the other side of the world, I would like to share some thoughts. The role of KnowNow is to prepare the IT architectural blueprint for this new smart place. In effect create the wiring and usage diagram of where IT will be deployed and how it will be used. As much as you have an architectural blueprint for a plot to be built showing the materials and measurements. The IT infrastructure needs similar design outputs to ensure that the IT works as required, when required for the right person.
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
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.
The Beat House dashboard is now live. This is the first version which is just showing basic data. The data source is Woodfords (around the corner). Which is nothing like Beathouse at all.. but it is a useful sandpit and allows KnowNow to play. This is version 1.0
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.
Firstly, congratulations to Voyage Control & PolySolar on winning Cohort One of the Cognicity Challenge. Thing is, even though KnowNow has not won the competition I can safely say we are already a Cognicity winner. How come? Simply having been part of this challenge KnowNow has already won so much. Has the challenge been worthwhile then? Hell Yeah!
KnowNow is a winner too!
Why? By entering the challenge KnowNow was given an an opportunity to stop talking about the kn-i app. KnowNow went and created it! Check out the beta version of our kn-i app here
kn-i Home Screen
i) This is browser only still (runs best on Chrome);
ii) new releases & builds occur occasionally so if not available first time please try again later.
My thanks to the KnowNow development team, Kevin, Tom & Connor for creating the app and platform. KnowNow would appreciate any feedback on the app tweet us @knownowinfo