The Intelligent Condition monitoring with Integrated Communications (IConIC) project was aiming to improve vessel efficiency. This £1m project was funded through Innovate UK‘s CR&D programme. During the project we worked with STS Defence, NGnuity, LWPartners and two universities (Portsmouth and Southampton) to develop a resilient engine condition monitoring solution that is expected to achieve a 3-5% reduction in fuel consumption for large cruise liners which could equate to a £4m annual fuel bill saving. SDS Defence were the prime and during the project created a new division called Intellimon to exploit the technology developed and to consider new markets to sell the technology into. Our contributions to the IConIC project included technical consultancy in the satellite communications domain for their product development and facilities roll out. We were also able to demonstrate the technology to the consortium in our Communications Lab.
The UK dairy industry (valued at £4.6B/annum) has faced severe economic challenges recently and there is widespread industry interest in better utilisation of grazed grass as it is the least expensive feed. Many farmers do not fully utilise the potential of their grazing systems. The cost of feeding grazed grass is only £0.03/litre of milk. When animals are housed the forage cost component of the diet more than doubles, as feeding conserved forage costs £0.07/litre. The Catapult is collaboratively working with the Agri-EPI Centre (Agri-EPI) undertaking a pilot research project which aims to exploit satellite data and other emerging technologies for precision management of grassland agriculture. The project ‘Grasslands’ aims to develop new technology to extend the grazing season by an additional 2 months or more which would lead to significant cost reductions and business benefits for the dairy industry.
Design is key for any business developing new products and services that respond to real customer needs. The Catapult do design by conducting user research, helping businesses focus on the right problems and facilitating idea generation.
Innovate UK is running a new funding opportunity called “Design Foundations” that enables SMEs to access this kind of specialist design consultancy.
The Catapult is organising an event in June, in London, to promote the call. Keep an eye on our social media and website for further information.
Living Map is a digital map and data platform that delivers off-the-shelf and bespoke location-based services for urban and indoor spaces. https://livingmap.com/
The company is building a global satellite network for the Internet-of-Things to provide clients the ability to monitor their assets in remote rural areas.
Effective Space provides satellite operators with life-extension and other in-orbit services, deploying and operating a fleet of small spacecraft with a universal docking system.