BT licences SATURN cyber security platform to QiO Technologies

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by Mark Johnson

BT has announced the licensing of the company’s cyber security visual analytics technology, SATURN, to QiO Technologies, an advanced analytics and artificial intelligence software company.

The UK telecoms giant said it developed SATURN to ingest and analyse huge amounts of data using AI, and then present a real-time visual representation of a network to users, including cyber security engineers. 

As well as being used extensively in-house by BT Security teams to protect BT, the technology forms a key part of the Cyber Security Platform that BT offers to corporate customers.

SATURN combines state-of-the-art data visualisation with patented machine learning techniques, allowing cyber experts to uncover important data patterns and increasingly predict and detect cyber-attacks at an early stage. 

It is one of many technologies developed by BT’s Innovation Labs teams that are now available under licence to other companies, allowing them to enhance their products and improve their business operations.

QiO Technologies delivers software that helps industrial engineers to simulate, predict and optimise business processes in order to unlock trapped productivity and improve safety. 

By re-purposing BT’s SATURN capabilities, originally designed for network security uses, into QiO’s IIoT Foresight Platform, industrial customers will be able to analyse complex real-time data from machinery and sensors, and use these insights to increase the productivity of engineers and data scientists. 

Global reach of QiO

QiO, which was included in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant on Industrial Internet of Things Platforms, works with global manufacturers and industrials including Rolls-Royce, Lloyd’s Register, Saudi Global Ports and Bahrain Fiber Glass.

“This visual analytics technology was created by the BT Labs to help us tackle the growing challenges of cyber-crime, and has helped BT become a global leader in cyber security services”, said Tim Whitley, MD Applied Research, BT Group. 

“It’s great to see it develop beyond its original function to find wider applicability, enhancing the services provided by QiO.”

Baz Khuti, Co-Founder and CEO of QiO, said: “The integration of BT’s innovative SATURN solution with QiO’s leading IIoT Foresight Platform provides a competitive and cost-effective solution for ‘Data Citizens‘. 

“The solution enables domain experts and data scientists to explore complex data sets from different sources and rapidly identify patterns and relationships for further analysis; improving productivity, transparency and collaboration. This ultimately reduces the time and cost of data science.” 

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