Sunday, 12 June 2016

How the EU is more than access to scale in the single market for small business for the UK knowledge economy

A recent article stated that four percent of UK small businesses reach a turnover of greater than £1 million and more than 10 people after 10 years. The ability to manufacture product in the UK has been reported on many occasions and the fact that we export more services to Europe than product is not a surprise. Famous brands such as Rolls Royce and Bentley are German owned and Jaguar’s recent success has gone to TATA as the company’s owner.

Keeping with automotive brands Aston Martin is largely foreign owned and lack of investment has meant that the it has suffered in product development, showing that the brand it has is still strong enough to maintain its kudos. What the UK does not lack is world leading knowledge production, and this is not transferable to foreign entities

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Modi visit to the UK Adds to Make In India Momentum

17th November, 2015. London, UK. PM Narendra Modi, in keeping with the format, addressed the Indian dispora of the United Kingdom to a packed Wembley Stadium. It is clear that no other Indian Prime Minister has ever represented the Indian nation from a cultural and political standpoint to the world. Our knowledge and interest on the visit was based on the societal benefit of having additional markets to supply, to collaborate with and bring even further economies of scale to the increase in electronic manufacturing.

(Jay Shah, Friends of India and Bikal partner, second from the right). 

Bikal has been to India on three occasions in 2015 sparked by a February UKTI trade mission that took place. This highly concentrated 4 days, attending IESA (India Electronic & Semi-conductor Association) and ELCINA annual events in Bangalore and Chennai respectively, reinforced the emerging market opportunity but also gave the team the detail in where the opportunities lie. Having been long term partners with Chinese product and component manufacturers Bikal has been researching how to partner with other factories around the world. The timing of this mission, the Make in India campaign (to promote manufacturing in India and reduce imports) and then Modi’s visit to the UK have contributed to our set up of our manufacturing partners in the UK.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Big data analytics – The Power of Petabytes

Big Data Analytics




Big data analytics – The Power of Petabytes

Fifteen years ago, it was a landmark achievement. Ten years ago, it was an intriguing but highly expensive research tool. Now, falling costs, soaring accuracy and a steadily expanding base of scientific knowledge have brought genome sequencing to the cusp of routine clinical care.

The US$1,000 genome, initially conceived as a price point at which sequencing could become a component of personalized medicine, has arrived. “Our capacity for data generation relative to price has increased in a way that is almost unprecedented in science — roughly six orders of magnitude in the past seven or eight years,” says Paul Flicek, a specialist in computational genomics at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK. The HiSeq X Ten system developed by Illumina of San Diego, California, can sequence more than 18,000 human genomes per year, for example.

Friday, 11 December 2015

Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) - The 'Buzzword' for Affordable Video Storage & Management Services

5th December 2015
The global market for Video Surveillance as a Service (VSaaS) is projected to reach US$1.7 billion by 2020, driven by the growing demand for affordable video surveillance services.

Given that in-house video management and monitoring is becoming unsustainable, both from an operational and financial point of view, there is growing interest surrounding the ballooning concept of 'Video Surveillance as a Service' (VSaaS). VSaaS is a service provisioning business model where hardware, storage, management and monitoring services are offered under the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model. For service providers, the recurring revenue stream provided by this business model is major benefit, as it offers a steady cash flow into the business.

For customers, the subscription billing based service delivery model offers unrivalled cost benefits and affordability. Increasing preference for low cost commoditized IT hardware and software is a major factor driving the popularity, importance and proliferation of recurring revenue-based business models. Other major benefits driving the widespread popularity of VSaaS include ability to mix and match video storage either in the in-house datacenter or in a cloud; remote management and monitoring of surveillance videos; eliminates the need for dedicated on-premise storage and other computing resources; significantly lowers CAPEX and OPEX; anytime, anywhere access to video footage on any device; and easy pay as-you-go payment model.

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Business, Innovation and Skills Committee

3rd November 2015
Written evidence from Bikal Distribution GKB
Executive summary
  • - The digital revolution and the change in the economy of where the opportunities are.
  • - UK Academic research institutions and their ability to aid productivity through innovation.
  • - Manufacturing in volume vs high quality and partnering with emerging economies who are driving manufacturing, by way of reducing dependency in China.
  • - Requirement for the right skills pool through education and re-training.
  • - The funding requirement for short, medium and long term planning.
  • - Ageing population and cuts in welfare, leading to longer working lives.
  • - Collaboration between industries and the move away from single product companies.
The organization
A UK company that provides software and devices to capture video, audio and big data. These can then create efficient processes, increase public safety and provide preventative healthcare. This is done by liaising with end users and using HPC and algorithms to process the data. We work through our network of global offices and partners to create localized solutions for local communities. We innovate product through the collaboration with universities

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Modular data centres are greener

Nov 23rd, 2015, In Data centre, By Frank Brand – Associate Director,
Amsterdam can rightly claim to be one of the founding cities present at the birth of what is now called the ‘Data Centre Industry’ – the others in Europe being London, Frankfurt and Paris. The city continues to be a focus of attention for colocation and connectivity within the Netherlands and across the continent.

However, it is at the other end of the country in the municipality of Sittard-Geleen, where the most recent innovation in data centres can be found. Last month (Friday April 10th to be exact) saw the ground-breaking ceremony for what will become arguably the most energy efficient Tier III facility in the Netherlands.

The data centre is being built by ICTroom for the Belgian cloud services provider Cegeka and will initially provide 750kW of IT power and a design PUE of 1.14. It will integrate solar power to reduce its carbon footprint and it will make use of GEA’s indirect Air2Air cooling system which helps to reduce the cooling system's energy consumption by up to a factor of seven compared to classic cooling methods.

As with any technology, time tends to bring improvements and the data centre environment is no exception. Equipment is better designed: UPS systems running closer and closer to the theoretical maximum efficiency, air handling units which don’t leak air and generators with superior fuel economy. It is no wonder that today’s data centre has better green credentials than those built ten years ago.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Web-Services Giants Use Artificial Intelligence to Make Smarter Applications, Driving Explosive Growth in Machine Learning Workloads

Santa Clara, CA, USA, 13th November 2015. NVIDIA today announced an end-to-end hyperscale data center platform that lets web-services companies accelerate their huge machine learning workloads.

The NVIDIA hyperscale accelerator line consists of two accelerators. One lets researchers more quickly innovate and design new deep neural networks for each of the increasing number of applications they want to power with artificial intelligence (AI). Another is a low-power accelerator designed to deploy these networks across the data center. The line also includes a suite of GPU-accelerated libraries.

Together, they enable developers to use the powerful Tesla Accelerated Computing drive machine learning in hyperscale data centers and create unprecedented AI-based applications.

"The artificial intelligence race is on," said Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA. "Machine learning is unquestionably one of the most important developments in computing today, on the scale of the PC, the internet and cloud computing. Industries ranging from consumer cloud services, automotive and health care are being revolutionized as we speak.