Meeting notes Mon, 23 Jul 2018 04:49:17 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb UK Space Agency GovSatCom Industry Briefing

The European Commission recently published its draft EU Space Regulation, an overarching regulation for all EU space programmes in which GOVSATCOM has its own chapter. They further published a GOVSATCOM impact assessment that draws on the findings of an earlier European Defence Agency study and a PwC impact assessment. The UK Space Agency have been analyzing these documents internally and externally and are looking to brief industry on what the new Regulation may mean for GOVSATCOM. 

Please find below the presentation from the UK Space Agency Industry Briefing on GOVSATCOM following the launch of the new EU Space Regulation, held on Thursday 19 July.


The links to the documents published by the Commission on the 7th June 2018 are below: 

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Fri, 20 Jul 2018 16:16:04 +0100
Enabling future-fit communications infrastructure for UK’s smart grid

Ensuring fit for purpose comms infrastructure / connectivity is an essential feature of establishing smart grids which is itself crucial in order to meet increasing demands for electricity and Govt targets on carbon emissions. This connectivity will entail a mix of technologies (wireless, wireline, satellite) and service provision (public, private networks). Govt and regulators are vital players in terms of ensuring suitable policy environment and availability of necessary spectrum. Yet there is insufficient understanding and collaboration between the various players in this ecosystem.

The meeting brought together electricity distribution network operators (DNOs), telecoms companies (equipment vendors, infrastructure service companies and operators), Government and Ofcom to discuss:  

  • The drivers and demands impacting on the connectivity requirements for electricity distribution companies and their resultant considerations, strategies and initiatives on communications infrastructure provision (Panel 1)
  • Survey of international developments: what are utilities in other countries doing and what are the lessons for UK? (Panel 2)
  • What are the relevant (available and emerging) communications technology and network solutions that address the above challenges facing utilities? (Panel 3)
  • What are the policy and spectrum challenges in achieving fit for purpose communications infrastructure or connectivity for energy networks and how are Government and Ofcom addressing these? (Panel 4)

A particularly productive discussion resulted in 2 significant ‘take aways’ from the meeting:

  • a renewed impetus among the DNOs to come together to develop common understanding on the shaping of the communications infrastructure needed to tackle future operational demand including the resultant spectrum requirement
  • a commitment from Ofcom to actively engage with DNOs to understand these challenges and identify how best to satisfy the requirement for spectrum. 
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NHS App Consultation Event

Dedicated NHS colleagues and innovative players from industry took a break in the run up to the Football World Cup England v Croatia semi-final for an interactive day of industry engagement on the NHS App. The event was repeated in Leeds a couple of days later. The purpose of the events was for the NHS to engage with industry to shape the role that the NHS App can play in opening up the market and creating opportunities for suppliers to surface their digital solutions.

Juliet Bauer, Chief Digital Officer at NHS England opened the event with a strategic overview of the Empower the Person programme.

Colleagues from NHS Digital followed with presentations on the NHS App and related enabling programmes. The main focus of the day was a series of interactive roundtable sessions where industry and NHS colleagues workshopped topics from market opportunities in the NHS, to Citizen ID and many more

We look forward to continuing to work with the NHS on this initiative. The presentation from the event can be downloaded from the Industry Briefings Platform. If you attended the events, please do leave us your feedback using the available form on the platform.


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UK SPF - Cluster 1: Future Spectrum Demand - Meeting Notes

UK SPF - Cluster 1: Future Spectrum Demand (2/3) - meeting notes

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
Venue: techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD
Chair: Janette Stewart, Principal, Analysys Mason

These presentations are from the second in a series of SPF workshops focusing on Future Spectrum Demand. This meeting covered the topics of digital TV, PMSE and business radio and the presentations are available embedded and PDF.

Introductions and aim of workshop
Janette Stewart, Analysys Mason and Cluster 1 Chair


Presentation from Mark Waddell, Chair of the DTG PMSE Group


Future spectrum needs for DTT
Presentation from Jon Steel, Digital UK


Business radio spectrum needs
Presentation from Tim Cull, FCS


Emerging technology developments in the UHF band users and the impact on the future spectrum demand
Presentation from Dr Abhaya Sumanasena, Real Wireless 


Wrap up
Janette Stewart, Analysys Mason and Cluster 1 Chair


More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available here. SPF workshops are held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion.

"When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed."

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Tue, 03 Jul 2018 10:26:48 +0100
NHS Interoperability: KLAS Report Findings Briefing

We were delighted to host Jeremy Goff and Jason Hess from KLAS who presented the findings of their recently released report on NHS Interoperability at an event jointly held by techUK, NHS Digital and INTEROPen.


techUK, together with KLAS, NHS England, NHS Digital and INTEROPen will continue the conversation culminating in a summit in November 2018 following on from last year’s FHIR Works Event. Watch this space for more information.

Many thanks to the afternoon’s presenters: Tracey Watson, Director for Innovation and Partnerships, NHS Digital, Jason Hess, Executive Vice President, Sales & Strategy, KLAS, Jeremy Goff, VP International Research, KLAS, Keith Naylor, Operations Manager, INTEROPen.

Here is the link to a blog by Jeremy Goff on Digital Health Interoperability in the UK.

The slides from the event can be downloaded below.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Wed, 27 Jun 2018 12:07:41 +0100
Trade and Customs Compliance Group

The Trade and Customs Compliance Group is the forum for discussing issues around export controls, customs and international trade.

The group leads on all techUK’s policy work including OGELs, dual-use legislation, Wassenaar and defence exports, to customs, sanctions, international trade rules and more. The group aims to be the leading discussion forum for dual-use tech and formed from the merger of JETSECC (which focused on export controls) and ITAC (which covered trade and customs) and is chaired by David Macready of Fujitsu. The group also works in partnership with the ECJU, DIT, BEIS and the NSCS as well as other trade associations, law firms and consultants to develop industry positions.

There are three current subgroups (to be reconstituted in December 2017), covering:

  • Brexit. This sub-group is looking at what the export community wants from Brexit and how the UK should manage sanctions and how to develop legislation for effective dual-use controls
  • Customs. The customs sub-group will lead on engagement with Government on a new customs system post-Brexit, specifically examining the Customs Bill and the transition from CHIEF to CDS
  • Communications. This group will look at how the group communicates and manages external relations and raise the profile of the TCCG.
{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Tue, 26 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100
Consumer Electronics Council

A steering group established to guide sector representation to government, broadcasters, and technical bodies on behalf of UK consumer electronics players.

As the boundaries between hardware, delivery and content merge in the connected world, the council works to help members navigate disruption and develop new strategies which continue to deliver valued customer experiences and secure future revenue streams.

The council is a must for those interested in policy, regulatory, technical and market issues within the consumer electronics environment.

The council aims to:

  • Create the best possible commercial environment for device manufacturers and key third party players to operate
  • Direct sector representation on the future of free to air television platforms and the role of sector broadcasters
  • Influence and raise profile of the CE industry within government and to media and other key stakeholders.

Chair: Richard Bass, Head of B2C Business Unit, Hitachi Digital Media Group, Hitachi Europe Ltd

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techUK & NHS Digital Academy on next generation digital health leaders

Rachel Dunscombe, CEO of the NHS Digital Academy, and Simon Eccles, CCIO for Health and Care, and an esteemed line up of panellists, joined techUK members to explore how industry can work together with the NHS Digital Academy to support the development of the next generation of digital leaders in the health and care system.

We have a race on our hands to meet the demands of the health and care system in the UK. Digitisation has a large role to play in leading the system to better outputs and improved productivity resulting in better health outcomes. But is the NHS ready to facilitate the change required for digital transformation? It is hoped that that equipping leaders with the right digital skills will help enable this much needed transformation. Panelists agreed this requires all parties: industry, academia, and NHS and care providers to work together address the challenges in the system.

Historically, the record of the NHS working with industry has been mixed and the Academy is likely to be a big factor in leading to positive change. The Academy, working together with industry and the life sciences can help to build trust and create a common understanding that we are all after the same outcomes.

techUK and the NHS Digital Academy will work together to formalise their relationship to help with the journey to achieve a world class programme of digital leaders. Watch this space for updates.

Many thanks to our panellists for these insights and their energy: Rachel Dunscombe, CEO, NHS Digital Academy; Alexander Carter, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London; Tom Slater, Strategic Commercial Lead, NHS Digital; Dr Junaid Bajwa, Global Lead for Strategic Alliances, Digital Centre of Excellence, MSD; James Norman, Vice Chair, techUK Health and Social Care Council; Simon Eccles, Chief Clinical Information Officer for Health and Care, DHSC, NHSE, NHSI; Rob Blay, Chair, techUK Health and Social Care Council


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GovTech SMEs Building the Smarter State


Earlier this week techUK hosted a roundtable with GovTech SME leaders and public sector SME champions. This was an opportunity to hear the views of small tech businesses operating in the public sector, and to discuss the findings from techUK’s GovTech SME survey.

techUK undertakes an annual survey to capture the experiences of GovTech SMEs, and the findings highlighted the urgent need to improve engagement between the industry and government earlier in the commissioning process to expose civil servants to innovative technology.

The key findings of the survey of nearly 140 GovTech SMEs include:

  • 95% supported the government’s 33% target of awarding central government procurement spend to SMEs and a majority of respondents viewed the G- cloud framework as being useful for SMEs to access the public sector market
  • A majority of GovTech SMEs stated that civil servant buyers do not have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs

Procuring the Smarter State 

Earlier this year techUK launched the report Procuring the Smarter State that set out how procurement can act as a tool for Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community. The report drew on the findings from techUK’s Civil Servants Survey 2017, and GovTech SME Survey 2017, and identified the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the ‘Smarter State’. Feedback from this week’s roundtable highlighted that, although much has been announced throughout 2018, the key to having real impact on public serviced will be to focus on harnessing the innovation and potential of the UK’s burgeoning GovTech sector. 

Emma Jones, SME Crown Rep, and founder of Enterprise Nation commented:

“The government has set a challenging aspiration that 33% of procurement spend should be with small businesses by 2022 - and there have been some clear successes in the GovTech space – particularly through the Digital Marketplace. Securing a government contract is a great way for SMEs to bring in a steady income stream that can really help their business to grow and enables innovative companies and services to supply in to the public sector.”

Rob Driver Head of Public Sector, techUK commented:

"The recent announcements made by the Cabinet Office contain many welcome actions to help break down barriers for SMEs supplying to the public sector. It is particularly encouraging that the Prime Minister has also written to members of her Cabinet to nominate a ministerial small business champion in each department to ensure that SMEs are given a fair opportunity in supplying to the public sector.”

“The UK has a phenomenal opportunity to lead the world in the next wave of digital government transformation and it is encouraging to see that the Government is willing to experiment with new transformational approaches to work with GovTech SMEs through the GovTech Fund. As ever, the challenge will be in the execution and the Government must prioritise market engagement to help it embrace the full diversity and strengths of UK tech suppliers.”

Further Information 

Procuring the Smarter State 

techUK GovTech SME Survey 

Government encourages SMEs to apply for government contracts

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Thu, 21 Jun 2018 10:01:13 +0100
Consumer Electronics Service Forum

This group assembles the service manager community of consumer electronics manufacturers to discuss the latest service compliance issues, consumer law revisions, and the introduction of new technology and services. The group also supports the HEEST Apprenticeship for service engineers and is a forum for discussing product recall, electrical safety and supports customer facing staff by considering the likely future areas of customer interest.

The main purpose of the group is:

  • To update consumer electronics manufacturers about the current and future regulatory environment to avoid non-compliance and support their customer service functions.
  • To help develop industry best practice to aid efficiency and minimise costs.

Chair: Manoj Aggarwal, Vestel UK Limited

Secretary: Jo Fialho, Teac UK

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Wed, 20 Jun 2018 08:00:00 +0100
Meeting notes - Space Export Forum

In partnership with the Space Growth Partnership and UKspace, techUK hosted the 4th meeting of the Space Exports Forum.

This is part of a new series of events supporting the UK’s Industrial Strategy, specifically helping any companies with an interest in space products and services to improve export performance.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Thu, 14 Jun 2018 15:29:13 +0100
Harnessing Digital To Improve Children’s Services Outcomes

techUK were delighted to partner with LGiU on another local government roundtable, this time focusing on how digital can be better harnessed to improved children services outcomes. We were joined by local, central government and the tech industry.

The LGiU’s Annual State of Local Government Finance Survey alarmingly highlights that Children’s Services is now the top immediate pressure for councils. This is above Adult Social Care for the first time in at least three years, suggesting that councils are no longer able to shield these services from the worst of the ongoing budget cuts in local government. Figures from London Councils also show that in 2015/16, three quarters of English councils surpassed their Children’s Social Care budgets by a combined £605m – over a 7% overspend. A £2 billion funding gap in children’s services is projected by 2020 and as of 31 March 2017, 90 children are coming into care every day.

These stark figures show that many councils will not be able to continue to deliver Children’s Services as they currently are. The roundtable was an opportunity to bring together senior local government representatives and tech industry specialists to discuss how a digital approach can support service redesign; better manage demand and what can both sectors facilitate in this space to continue the conversation.

Key points raised during the roundtable include:

What data do we mean?

The initial discussion focused on determining what do we mean by children services as it is such a broad area, and should it also be integrated with adult social care. Just as children service is a big area it was agreed that when we talk about data in helping with prevention strategies it often isn’t clear what data we are referring to and what exactly we want the data to do. Other challenges include using the data in an all-encompassing way; and also ensuring it is of quality. Data quality requires people and resource and such roles are often hard to fill. Discussion then moved on to whether councils have a single view of the data; how feasible that is and if bringing the data together in one place can help with the design of more predictive and user-centric services. The technology makes a single view of data possible, but the challenge of what data can be shared and what should be stored, especially if deemed sensitive remain. There is also the cultural and leadership challenges. Though there were some great examples of senior leadership championing digital internally to do things differently.

On the other hand, it was raised how can we use data empower families to self-serve and make informed decisions.

Emerging Technologies

There was lots of discussion on utilisng data to manage demand, but the question put to the group was how do we use it to transform, not just continue to do what we do but better and what is the role of emerging technology? Artificial Intelligence (AI) was referenced as a tool that could be used to predict support needs for children and families. Hackney Council for example developed an AI computer programme they believe could help them support families with multiple needs earlier, in some cases even before they meet any statutory agency.

Another suggestion was an augmented social worker. However, with the greater use of AI it is important we have transparency around ethics.

A New Marketplace

With the growing narrative to interventions and predictive services it was felt that this would also create a new marketplace and an opportunity to bring in more SME’s into the eco-system. However, the issue of procurement remains as it still very siloed within and across local government, often making it difficult to scale up.

Funding v Vision

It was noted that councils tend to focus just on funding pots but what is needed is an overarching vision of the organisation wide transformation, and how digital can enable improved outcomes. On a more positive note it appears that some councils are making the shift to digital thinking and seeing digital not just as ICT but as a way to do things differently. Digital teams are working collaboratively with service areas on service redesign.

It was recognized that tech enables councils to do things differently, mobilise resource across community but the challenge is showing the return of investment and making the business case to elected members.

Art of the Possible

An ask from the councils in the room to industry was to help understand what the ‘art of the possible’ is and how to access the latest innovations. It was agreed that as a next step, techUK and LGiU will look to hold a workshop looking at specific problems statements, bringing together councils and tech industry to workshop through solutions well as demo the various innovations available.

If you would like to learn more about techUK’s Local Government Programme and the event outlined above please contact Georgina Maratheftis.

Useful reading

A key reason holding the roundtable was to share best practice and learning and the below have been identified as useful reading. If there is anything you’d like to share please get in touch!

Predictive Analytics, on the Troubled Families blog

Doteveryone report ‘People, Power and Technology: the 2018 Digital Attitudes Report’

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Thu, 07 Jun 2018 15:06:48 +0100
Waste and Resources Group

The Waste and Resource Group (WRG) is the forum for the techUK members placing goods on the market and responsible for the recycling and disposal at end of life.

Currently the WRG is looking at the future of Extended Producer Responsibility schemes in the UK, helping Defra with the upcoming Resources and Waste Strategy, implementation of the EU Circular Economy Package and helping members comply with the WEEE, Packaging and Batteries Directives. The group helps Defra set targets for collections and advocates measures that support an effective UK WEEE System.

The group also hears from the recycling, waste management and Producer Compliance Scheme communities and feeds into the techUK chaired Joint Trade Association for producers of electrical and electronic equipment.

The group is open to any member placing physical goods on the market. If you are a member of this group, please contact Lucas Banach to obtain the meeting notes. 

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Energy and Eco-Design Group

The Energy and Eco-design Group (EEG) is for techUK members to explore UK and European regulatory developments relating to energy use, carbon reporting, energy labelling and eco-design of products as well as the underpinning standards and market surveillance.

The group is currently focused on monitoring and influencing policy development within BEIS and Defra in the EU's circular economy package, eco-design measures for energy and material efficiency as well as looking at energy compliance issues faced by members in their business operations including ESOS, energy auditing and carbon reporting. It considers more broadly future energy risks associated with the growth of digital technologies.

The group is open to all members.

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Product Technical Policy and Standards Group

The Product Technical Policy and Standards Group (PTPS) covers electro-technical policies affecting products as well as the standards manufacturers must comply with before tech goods can be sold in the UK.

Currently the PTPS is focused on understanding what Brexit means for physical goods, conformity assessments and its impact on design requirements. It is campaigning to keep the UK within CE marking and membership of the European Standardization organisations. The group also lobbies on the details of specific legislation such as the Radio Equipment, Low Voltage and Electromagnetic Compatibility Directives.

The PTPS also works with the BSI and sits on numerous UK and international CEN, CENELEC, IEC, ISO and IEEE standards committees and updates members on standards in development. The PTPS engages with BEIS, other industry fora (including Digital Europe) and Market Surveillance Authorities on product compliance.

The PTPS is open to all members, but is mainly for those manufacturing physical goods.

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Fostering innovation in policing & public safety: Snacks & Sips Event

Last week we hosted our Policing and Public Safety partnership event. techUK Snacks & Sips events are designed to offer tech companies large and small operating within the public sector tech market, the opportunity to network, share ideas and forge fruitful business partnerships

This session brought together dozens of SMEs who have tech solutions to drive transformation in Policing and Public Safety with larger, established suppliers. The SMEs get the chance to learn about partnership opportunities and potentially expand their customer base, and the larger companies can hear about the innovation in the wider community and can expand their partnership ecosystems.

The event started with presentations from three of the larger companies: AWS, IBM, and Ajilon outlined where they sit in this market, how they partner with other companies, current opportunities, and the key areas and technologies of interest to them at the moment.

These presentations were then followed by a series of one minute ‘elevator pitches’ from each member of the audience – their chance to explain their company’s USP and the sort of partnerships they’re interested in. Standing up in front of a room full of strangers and describing your company’s purpose in just one minute can be a pretty daunting task, but every delegate performed admirably.

Once all attendees were equipped with sufficient information about one another, the formal portion of the evening ended, and the networking began. Over something to eat and drink attendees were able to have a chat, make connections, and hopefully start to forge fruitful partnerships.

We received overwhelmingly positive feedback and the networking continued well into the evening. The event made clear that no one company can solve all of policing’s needs, so partnerships between companies with different and complementary offerings are of crucial importance to the sector. In light of the feedback we intend to run another of these sessions later in the year. So watch this space, and if you’re interested in taking part (either as a large company or an SME), please contact Henry Rex.

{bio}{/bio}]]> (CRM Sync) Meeting notes Thu, 31 May 2018 14:41:22 +0100
UK Spectrum Policy Forum - Resilience meeting notes

A key recommendation of the recent spectrum resilience white paper (developed by QinetiQ for the SPF) is the development of a Spectrum resilience framework document. Ultimately the aim of the document is to guide spectrum users on what should be done to achieve a level of spectrum resilience.

With guest presentations from Paul Howland, Principal Scientist, DSTL, and Stephen Straughan, Critical National Infrastructure Team Leader, UK Space Agency, the workshop reviewed what is meant by resilience and what threats can be expected. The workshop will then address question that could form a Framework document such as:

1.         Governance - Who owns the problem – what’s the governance required?

2.         Assessment - How do you find out what business functions/assets use spectrum – where are the risk/threat areas? what are the attributes?

3.         Requirement - How do you assess what level of resilience is needed (Gold, Silver, Bronze)?

4.         Non-Spectrum Controls - What non-spectrum mitigation can be used (physical, procedural and technical controls)?

5.         Spectrum Controls - What spectrum mitigations can be used?

6.         Paper Compliance - What could a spectrum resilience compliance regime look like?

7.         Spectrum compliance - How do you conduct a spectrum stress test?

Anil Shukla, QinetiQ


Paul Howland, Principal Scientist, DSTL


Stephen Straughan, Critical National Infrastructure Team Leader, UK Space Agency (presentation available to download in PDF format below)

More information about the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is available. SPF workshop discussions are held under Chatham House Rule to enable cross-industry collaborative discussion.

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Digital Radio Group

This group meets on an ad hoc basis to discuss issues that relate to the promotion of Digital Radio in the lead up to a digital switchover.

Topics addressed include endorsement of compliant products with standards set by DCMS and agreed by industry. Guest speakers are regularly invited

The main purpose of this group is:

  • To coordinate a consensus view from the manufacturers' perspective and promote that view
  • To update the group on the progress of take up by the UK public towards switchover

Chair: Owen Watters, CEO, Roberts Radio

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