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IT pros slam effectiveness of UK Covid-19 contact tracing app

Less than a quarter of IT experts believe the UK’s coronavirus contact tracing app will be effective, according to a survey.

Just under half (45 percent) said they were undecided about it, while almost a third (32 percent) believe the tool will not be useful in helping to contain Covid-19.


Successive cyber attacks shut down European supercomputers working on Covid-19 research

European high-performance supercomputers were subject to a string of related cyber attacks last week that forced academic insitutions to temporarily take systems offline.

A large number of the academic institutions impacted were using their supercomputers to run Covid-19 research workloads.


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.


Equinix reveals infrastructure demand surge from Zoom and Tiktok

Equinix, the world’s largest data centre provider, has said the Covid-19 pandemic will not majorly impact its bottom line, if at all, as it posted strong Q1 results last week.

The company secured $1.445 bn of revenue in Q1, a two percent rise on Q2 and a six percent growth year on year.


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.



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