BT 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 as a whole, the technology forms a key part of the cyber security platform that BT offers to corporate end user 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’s 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 business operations.
For its part, 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 – which were originally designed for network security uses – into QiO’s Industrial Internet of Things (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.
Included in the 2018 Gartner Magic Quadrant on Industrial Internet of Things Platforms, QiO Technologies works with global manufacturers and industrial operations including Rolls-Royce, the Lloyd’s Register, Saudi Global Ports and Bahrain Fiber Glass.
Tim Whitley, managing director of applied research for the BT Group, said: “This visual analytics technology was created by the BT Innovation Labs staff to help us tackle the growing challenges of cyber crime. It has assisted us to become a global leader in cyber security services. It’s great to see the technology develop beyond its original function to find wider applicability, enhancing the services provided by QiO.”
Baz Khuti, co-founder and CEO of QiO, responded: “The integration of BT’s innovative SATURN solution with QiO’s leading IIoT Foresight platform provides a competitive and cost-effective solution for today’s ‘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, subsequently improving productivity, transparency and collaboration. This ultimately reduces the time and cost of data science.”