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Army boosts UK prosperity with £3m funding through competition
Six companies have been awarded a share of £3m to develop new semi-autonomous concept demonstrators for the British Army. The winners, announced at DSEI, will demonstrate their innovations at the Army Warfighting Experiment (AWE19) in April 2020.
UK Government takes British battery expertise to US
With the global demand for increasingly efficient battery storage solutions continuing to soar, ten innovative UK battery technology and electric vehicle supply chain developers will demonstrate how the UK is leading the world in battery technology development on the UK Government Pavilion in North America next month.
It’s time to rein in big tech
Regulation of the digital world has not kept pace with its role in our lives. The House of Lords Communications Committee has today called for a new, overarching regulatory framework so that the services in the digital world are held accountable to an enforceable set of shared principles. In its report Regulating in a Digital World the committee notes that over a dozen UK regulators have a remit covering the digital world but there is no body whi...
Tech champions to fight for rights of disabled consumers
Two new disability champions from Barclays and Fujitsu have been appointed by the government to ensure technology and online businesses are not forgetting about their disabled customers. Using their industry influence, the new champions will remove the obstacles faced by disabled consumers who struggle to purchase products or services online and are often locked out of benefiting from the latest innovations in technology.
Tough measures to end the blight of nuisance calls
People being harassed by nuisance calls will be given new powers to stop them from today. Cold calls offering to settle personal injury claims or sell payment protection insurance (PPI) will be banned if the claimant has not chosen to ‘opt-in’ to receive them. Previously people had to ‘opt-out’ of receiving such calls by registering with the free Telephone Preference Service or withdraw their consent while on the...
Multi-million pound work on UK alternative to Galileo
UK industry will benefit from a £92m injection to design a national alternative to the EU’s Galileo satellite system, ensuring UK security post Brexit. The money has been allocated from the £3bn Brexit readiness fund announced at last year’s Budget and will be rolled out over the coming months. Satellite navigation systems like GPS are increasingly important for commercial, military and other critical application...
UK and France to strengthen links in tech sector and AI
The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that Britain and France’s leading tech sectors will be brought closer together with plans for a digital conference - or digital colloque - to promote deeper integration in the digital economy. The UK tops the list in Europe for global tech investors, with its tech firms attracting more venture capital funding than any other European country in 2017. In December ...
£1.5m available to fund high-resolution imaging technology
The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory’s (Dstl) Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) is on the look-out for emerging technologies that offer new opportunities for high-resolution imaging in poor weather conditions. The research will have both military and civilian applications. The research could, for example, help to reduce motorway accidents caused by bad weather as well as helping military pilots land in thick fog.
Apprenticeship employer groups unite to create more opportunities
Employers are working together to help ensure the UK has the range and quality of apprenticeships businesses need right across the digital economy. Over the last two years employers have been collaborating to develop a new suite of digital and tech apprenticeships, under the Government’s Trailblazer initiative. Apprenticeships and degree apprenticeships are now available for occupations such as digital marketing, software development, data ...
Calls on Tech Partnership to help bridge the digital skills gap
In a hard-hitting report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has warned that digital skills gaps risk undermining the UK’s position as a global tech hub. Putting the cost of digital skills shortages at £63bn in lost GDP, the Committee says that “only urgent action from industry, schools and universities and from the Government can prevent this skills crisis from damaging our productivity an...
Consumers to get a fairer cloud storage deal
Cloud storage users are set to benefit from fairer terms and conditions after action by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Following the CMA’s consumer law review of the sector, Dixons Carphone, JustCloud and Livedrive have committed to provide fairer terms for their cloud storage customers. The CMA is continuing to work with a number of other companies to make their terms and practices fairer.
Two thirds of large UK businesses hit by cyber breach
Britain’s businesses are being urged to better protect themselves from cyber criminals after government research into cyber security found that two thirds of large businesses experienced a cyber breach or attack in the past year.
UK parliament should take action to reduce food waste
As UK supermarkets pledge to cut food waste by 20% within the next decade, experts are calling on the government to take legislative action and debate the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill. Writing in The BMJ today, Professors Andy Haines and Tim Lang, and Dr Jennie Macdiarmid, say the government's failure to respond positively to the proposed bill "should not detract from the need to pursue legislation to reduce food waste as part of an integrated app...
F1 technology could improve fuel efficiency
Formula 1 technology could soon make family cars lighter, improve fuel efficiency and help plug-in vehicles go further - after an innovative research project won a share of a £38.2m government prize. The project is one of more than 130 car manufacturers, technology companies and research centres across the country to have won a share of the money, announced in the Budget, which will create hi-tech jobs and help Britain become a global leade...
New build homes to have superfast broadband connectivity
The Government has worked with Openreach – BT’s local access network business – and the Home Builders Federation (HBF) on an agreement which aims to deliver superfast broadband connectivity to new build properties in the UK. The deal will see fibre based broadband offered to all new developments either for free or as part of a co-funded initiative. It is estimated that more than half of all new build properties can be connected ...
The MOD needs your help
The current Bowman communications system is nearing to its out-of-service date. Technology, and the nature of military operations, has changed dramatically, so the MOD is looking at new approaches to reflect these changes and meet the requirements of the British Army, Royal Marines and RAF Regiment.
Driverless cars unveiled for first road tests
The UK’s first driverless cars, designed to help commuters, shoppers and the elderly travel short journeys, were officially trialled on UK roads for the first time on Wednesday 11th February. Up to now, the scope for testing driverless cars has been limited, but as the Government considers changes to the Highway Code to allow public use, industry has been given the green light for testing on public roads.
Prime Minister announces 100,000 new engineering apprentices
Prime Minister David Cameron has today announced a new scheme which aims to produce an additional 100,000 engineering technicians by 2018. The multi-million pound initiative is a national drive to encourage young people to sign up to an engineering apprenticeship. This will create a whole new generation of engineering technicians, giving them structured on-the-job training built upon a recognised academic qualification.