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Make it #MultiModal
This month in the news...EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc is calling 2018 the #EUMultimodalityYear, drawing attention to the role for multimodality in the EU transport system. Among the Winter Olympic action, Elon Musk took the Gold for "most excessive publicity stunt" by launching a car into space, live stream here. Jo Johnson wants to see the end of diesel-only trains. Matt Evans identified key factors that are holding the UK smart city market back. BT released its report, Securing the Digital Enterprise that unpacks the various opportunities and challenges that exist as part of digital transformation efforts, and provides insights on how to do so securely. techUK CEO Julian David's open letter to the International Trade Secretary warned against a divergence from EU data protection standards. The Government introduced legislation for its energy price cap in Parliament. Finally, in Davos, the Prime Minister announced plans for a new Institute of Coding, hoping to address skills challenges in the UK.
Speaking of skills, this was one of three hot topics discussed at the Future of IoT conference hosted by Experis, techUK, and High tech Bristol and Bath in Bristol on 7 February. You can access a full event round-up and slides from the day here, and check out the conversation online at #IoTBristol.
techUK hosted the Trackside Connectivity on Britain's Railways – Challenges and Next Steps on 6 February which brought rail providers together with communications providers, as well as non-traditional members of the supply chain including cybersecurity companies. The event also officially launched LS Telecom and RSSB's report, Connected Train and Customer Communications: Rail and Digital Industry Roadmap.
Some events to keep an eye on include Technology in Social Housing 2018, Living in the Internet of Things: Cybersecurity of the IoT, Cyber and the Rail Sector.