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Tencent announces $70bn tech infrastructure spending spree

Chinese technology group Tencent Holdings has announced plans to invest $70bn upping its capabilities in cloud computing, AI, blockchain, IoT and quantum computing over the next five years.

As part of the investment, announced on WeChat this week, Tencent said it will spend billions building hyperscale data centres, supercomputers and sprawling 5G networks.


New wrist monitor notifies workers when social distancing rules violated

A wrist monitor could allow people to manage social distancing within the workplace.

Edinburgh-based Reactec has repurposed a monitoring system to keep track of social distancing, calling the device Safedistance.

The device, previously used for monitoring vibration when using power tools, has been reprogrammed to alert workers if they have broken the two-metre social distancing regulations.


Vodafone UK readies IoT heat detection camera for Covid-19 screening

Vodafone UK has teamed up with UK digital surveillance company Digital Barriers on a heat detection camera to help organisations get back to work safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The thermal imaging device, powered by Vodafone’s IoT connectivity tech, will allow companies to screen the temperature of staff and other visitors as they enter buildings and is capable of checking the temperature of 100 people per minute and eight individuals simultaneously, the companies said.

Digital Barriers has provided the underlying software and hardware. The UK-headquartered company’s technology is used in over 60 countries across defence and national security, law enforcement, border security, first responders, critical national infrastructure, transportation agencies, automotive and mobility and private security.


Chancellor to introduce gigabit-capable broadband to the UK

The investment confirms a pledge by the Conservatives at the election to bring full-fibre and gigabit-capable broadband to every home and business in Britain within five years. Andrew Glover, chair of the Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA), said the £5 billion promised was “a welcome first step”, but added that the “increased funding alone will not allow the industry to get the job done”. “Broadband rollout is largely privately funded and in order to provide industry with a chance to meet the Government’s 2025 ambition, today’s announcements need to be backed up with further reform on wayleaves, new build legislation, action on street works and further investment into digital and engineering skills,” he said.


Google announces Anthos for Telecom and 5G cloud Strategy

Google has announced Anthos for Telecom, bringing the Anthos cloud application platform to the network edge.

Launched last year, the platform allows IT shops to manage containerised applications seamlessly between their own infrastructure and multiple clouds, whether that’s AWS, Azure or Google Cloud.


Supermicro launches 5G-ready “data centre on a pole”

California-based IT giant Supermicro has launched a cell-tower mounted server for harsh outdoor environments.

The company is touting the enclosure-based servers as a “data centre on a pole” for edge deployments, designed to allow the rapid rollout of adaptable 5G networks.


NCSC reveals consumer guidelines for IoT devices

Owners of internet-connected cameras and baby monitors are being urged to take extra security measures to protect the devices from hackers. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has published new tips on protecting the smart gadgets from hackers, and is supported by consumer group Which?.


Schneider Electric inks €1.4 billion deal for German software giant

French electrical equipment giant Schneider Electric has agreed to buy German software company RIB for €1.4 billion.

RIB’s cloud-based BIM software helps digitalise enterprises in the building and construction industries. Schneider said the acquisition will help the company cater to the growing demand for smart and carbon-free buildings.


Heart implant that can communicate with doctors on a smartphone given to UK patient  

A heart failure patient has become the first person in the world to be fitted with a new heart implant that can communicate with doctors on a smartphone, an NHS trust said. David Southworth, 73, of Colchester, had an operation to fit the advanced implant at Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in Basildon. Doctors have likened the device to having a “paramedic in your pocket” and Mr Southworth said it has already helped with his breathing.


‘Shadow IoT’ emerging as cloud security threat

83 percent of IoT transactions are happening over unsecured channels A report has warned of a troubling surge in unauthorised IoT devices connected to enterprise networks. US-based cloud security company Zscaler analysed cloud traffic generated by its customers for its latest IoT Traffic report. The company found that “shadow IoT” device traffic is growing rapidly… Read More


Microsoft’s integrated IoT security platform becomes generally available

Azure Sphere, an all-in-one platform to secure IoT devices that Microsoft has been developing for nearly two years, is launching this week in general availability.

Azure Sphere combines a hardware chip, a Linux OS and a cloud security service. The one-time fee effectively covers the price of the chip, with Microsoft bundling licenses, the OS, the security service and free OS updates for the lifetime of the chip in for free.


Next generation surgical robots hailed by NHS

Next-generation surgical robots have been hailed by doctors as “a leap forward in surgical precision” in the UK. Western General Hospital in Edinburgh was first to use the new Versius robotic arm technology in Europe, followed by Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust in Buckinghamshire.



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