techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 BBC Distribution Policy Published Mon, 18 Jun 2018 11:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync The BBC have now published the final Distribution Policy following the consultation period that ran February to April. techUK provided input into the consultation. <p>The BBC published on 15th June the final Distribution Policy. As a result of the consultation, the BBC has made a number of refinements to the Policy clarify its intention in the following areas:</p> <ul><li>The role of the Distribution Guidelines which will be superseded by the Policy with immediate effect. (Policy clause1.2)</li> <li>That, when considering distribution arrangements, the BBC will always be open to new and innovative distribution proposals. It will nevertheless always seek to improve or at the very least maintain the quality of the current audience experience (which in turn will be assessed by the compliance of any new solution with the conditions set out this Policy). (Policy clause 2.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC will withhold its services where it is reasonable, proportionate and in the public interest to do so (Policy clause 2.4 and 4.3)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC is providing guidance as to the process for dealing with requests for carriage of the content and services the BBC syndicates (see below). (Policy clause 3.4)&nbsp;</li> <li>Details of the BBC interpretation of audience &lsquo;needs and expectations&rsquo; of prominence, providing some indicative guidance. (Policy clause 3.5(b);(d)) &middot; BBC expectations of adequate curatorial influence relating only to the presentation of BBC programming. (Policy clause 3.9)&nbsp;</li> <li>The sufficient opportunities the BBC might expect platforms to provide to secure BBC branding and attribution. (Policy clause 3.11)&nbsp;</li> <li>The inclusion of access services among the functionality that we will expect third party platforms to deploy (Policy clause 3.15)&nbsp;</li> <li>That the BBC does not seek data beyond that relating to consumption of its own content and which, in deployment of a standard service product, the BBC in practice gathers itself, as well as handling of requests for data the BBC receives on third party platforms (Policy clauses 3.17-3.20)</li> </ul><p>It should be noted that whilst the document acknowledges that a number of respondents raised questions regarding the Strategy document (published at the same time as the Distribution document) , BBC have declined to make any comments on that document in this response.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK believe that the BBC should engage in open cross industry discussion regarding their stated strategy of moving to an IP only distribution world as soon as possible. techUK will continue to represent members&rsquo; interests on this matter and will engage with a broad cross section of stakeholders, including the BBC, as this topic progresses.&nbsp;</p> <p>A link to the BBC's published response is below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Distribution Policy</a></p> <p>A copy of techUK&rsquo;s response to the original consultation is attached to this report.&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK&rsquo;s work on this topic, and to get involved, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Report on Reuse and Repair of Tech Goods Wed, 13 Jun 2018 06:00:00 +0100 CRM Sync Tech sector sets out key opportunities to put ICT repair and reuse at the heart of the Government’s Waste and Resources Strategy <p>Calls to consider new incentives and VAT reductions for repair activities and to encourage take-up of innovative digital technologies that can support repair, are among the recommendations to Government in a new report from techUK, <em><a href="">Reuse, Repair, Remanufacture in the ICT Sector</a></em><em>. </em></p> <p>The report comes as the Government develops its Resources and Waste Strategy, a commitment outlined early this year in the Government&rsquo;s 25 Year Environment Plan.</p> <p>In the Plan, Government signalled its interest in products that last longer and have enhanced resource productivity.<br> techUK&rsquo;s report takes stock of the current landscape for ICT manufacturers. It focuses on efforts by the&nbsp;sector to make&nbsp;products more durable and to support reuse and repair activities. It also looks at remanufacturing products, where products are taken back from customers and are returned to as-good-as-new condition. In doing so, the report also sets out a number of policy recommendations to further support this activity.</p> <p>Among the recommendations, the report asks Government to:</p> <ul><li><strong>Place safety and quality at the heart of our flourishing professional repair sector</strong>, recognising increasing concerns about the availability of sub-standard and counterfeit spare parts and other elements used in combination with products that put consumers at risk.</li> <li><strong>Assess the case for introducing a VAT reduction on repair activities, as has recently been introduced in Sweden</strong>. Frequently, some of the costs associated with repair relate to the labour not spare parts. It may be that a reduced cost of labour could support greater levels of out-of-warranty repairs.</li> <li><strong>Provide consistent and clear advice to the public on the deletion of data on devices </strong>to encourage more reuse, repair and remanufacturing of devices, by avoiding the hoarding of electronics because of data security fears.</li> <li><strong>Research the use of 3D printing to generate simple spare parts. </strong>With some businesses already using this technology to generate spare parts for themselves, now is the time to explore how we might 3D print simple spare parts for consumer markets in the future.</li> </ul><p>The report also highlights the potential of new technologies, such as the Internet of Things, machine learning and 3D printing to prolong the life of products. The Government&rsquo;s recent review of industrial digitalisation <em>Made Smarter</em>, estimated that digital technologies have the potential to reduce resource costs by &pound;10 billion. An example can be found in predictive maintenance, powered by artificial intelligence, which can anticipate when a product is going to fail enabling its user to repair it in advance.</p> <p>Susanne Baker, Head of Environment and Compliance at techUK, said:</p> <p><em>&ldquo;We no longer operate in a market where electronic devices are used and disposed of in a short period of time. With the market for reused smartphones outperforming markets for new phones, it is clear that strategies to </em><em>support reuse - for example, using cloud </em><em>technology to free up memory and redesigning phones to avoid common sources of failures &ndash; is working.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;While there are still issues to address in the sector, it is notable that high-level manufacturing strategies are starting to align with circular economy goals and that companies are not only innovating to develop solutions to tackle barriers to repair but also exploring how they can maximise value at the end of life.</em></p> <p><em>&ldquo;We urge the Government to harness this appetite for innovation, by supporting and trialling novel approaches, supporting the deployment of proven solutions and by thinking about how to make professional repair as cost effective as possible.&rdquo;</em></p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK Supports Launch of THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business Tue, 12 Jun 2018 14:56:48 +0100 CRM Sync The techUKI-supported THINGUIDE to Cyber Security for Business provides practical advice to business leaders who are looking to implement a cyber security strategy <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:530px; width:558px"></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">techUK is pleased to be supporting a new publication; the THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> to Cyber Security for Business. It&rsquo;s a pocket-sized reference book for non-technical senior managers that explains what they need to know and do about cyber security, rather than trying to explain what it is. </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Avoiding the jargon our industry often uses, it gives senior business managers the insights and understanding necessary to participate meaningfully in important tech-related strategies and decisions.&nbsp; At techUK we hope that this THIN<strong>GUIDE</strong> will give you a frame of reference for our efforts to get non-technologists to understand cyber security</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:10pt">Produced by THIN GUIDES Ltd. and supported by CGI, you can see the online version <a href=""><u>here</u></a> or alternatively pick up a physical copy at techUK&rsquo;s offices on your next visit.</span></p> Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Wed, 23 May 2018 10:31:33 +0100 CRM Sync Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement Video - 17 May 2018 <p style="text-align:center"><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560"></iframe></p> <p>Above is the video recording of the Programme CORTISONE Procurement Announcement from the 17 May 2018.</p> <p>Message from ISS Programme CORTISONE team:</p> <p><strong><em>&ldquo;Dear Suppliers,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Thanks for attending our Procurement Announcement Event. Attached is our High Level Design, on which we&rsquo;d like feedback by 5pm 5th June. Whilst we are interested in all feedback, we are particularly interested in answers to the following questions:</em></strong></p> <ol start="1"><li><strong><em>Is the target architecture achievable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Is the capability bundling realisable?</em></strong></li> <li><strong><em>Based on the information provided is there anything that would prevent you from bidding?</em></strong></li> </ol><p><strong><em>All responses should be sent to the ISS team <a href="">here</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Also if you have any further comments on the procurement announcement event itself, a digital version of the feedback form on the day <a href=""><u>can be found here</u></a>. Feedback will be used to inform the structure/content of future events.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Yours Sincerely,</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Mark Brownlee</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>CORTISONE Commercial Lead&rdquo;</em></strong></p> <p>Slides from the day as well as the High Level Design are attached below.</p> <p>If you have any queries, please contact Dan Patefield or Charlie Wyatt.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK draft response to BEIS Smart Appliance Consultation Tue, 22 May 2018 13:49:31 +0100 CRM Sync Input into our response to our draft smart appliance consultation response by 4 June <p>techUK are submitting a response to the <a href="">BEIS 'Proposals regarding smart appliance' consultation</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>BEIS are&nbsp;<a href="" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">currently consulting on proposals to set standards for smart appliances</a>&nbsp;to support the transition towards a smarter energy system through facilitating the adoption of consumer demand side response. The objective for setting standards (defined as principles, and associated functionalities which could be based technical standards) is to:</p> <ol><li>Provide certainty in the burgeoning smart appliance sector to support investment to develop smart appliances for the market, enabling electricity system benefits and consumer rewards;</li> <li>Ensure minimum standards of function of smart appliances to protect consumers and the system; and</li> <li>Enable the UK to be at the forefront of an emerging sector.</li> </ol><p>BEIS proposes to take primary powers, subject to Parliamentary time and approval, to mandate these standards for certain smart appliances:</p> <ul><li>Those which are communications enabled and able to modulate their electricity consumption in response to signals; and</li> <li>Those which offer the greatest opportunity for DSR (as outlined above: cold and wet appliances, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and battery storage).</li> </ul><p>The consultations outlines the key principles as interoperability, grid stability &amp; cyber security, and data privacy.</p> <p>Our response is broadly supportive of the 'Option D' preference for developing voluntary standards now whilst reserving the right to mandate standards later.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>We welcome members input into both the high-level proposals and specific actions outlined in the consultation</strong>, with tracked comments particularly appreciated. In order to allow us to collate, address comments and address any differences <strong>we ask for input no later than midday on 4 June.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Please send responses directly to <a href="">Matthew Evans</a>.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK supports open banking consumer manifesto Wed, 02 May 2018 08:47:23 +0100 CRM Sync techUK adds its voice to calls to ensure open banking delivers better outcomes for consumers. <p><img alt="" src="//" style="height:328px; width:700px"></p> <p>Fintechs, banks,&nbsp;consumer organisations and regulators met at Level 39 in Canary Wharf&nbsp;yesterday to examine how open banking will address the needs and expectations of consumers.&nbsp;The event, organised with the&nbsp;<a href="">Finance Innovation Lab</a>,&nbsp;saw the launch of the <a href="">Consumer Manifesto for Open Banking</a>, presented by Faith Reynolds and developed with a wide range of consumer agencies and charities. It calls for open banking to be a 'force for good' which gives people real power to control their own data and which ensures security and reliability.</p> <p>Ruth Milligan, Head of Financial Services &amp; Payments at techUK, chaired a panel with representatives from the Banking Standards Board, the Money &amp; Mental Health Policy Institute and the Money Advice Liaison Group. The key messages emerging were that open banking holds great potential for customer good but that care must be taken to ensure solutions are inclusive and available to all consumers, whatever their circumstances.&nbsp;</p> <p>The fintechs present at the event described their own solutions and how they intend to meet the manifesto&nbsp;criteria and a further panel suggested that a 'code of conduct' governing the behaviour of players in the system would be a good way to engender consumer trust. Participants also agreed that consumers must have clear and effective mechanisms for redress if something goes wrong.</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK respond to BBC Consultation on Distribution Policy Wed, 18 Apr 2018 08:33:33 +0100 CRM Sync In response to the BBC's vision of a future IP only content distribution world, techUK has laid out the challenges faced by this approach and the requirements from the supply side in maintaining a strong viewer and listener first proposition. <p>The BBC launched 2 documents in February of this year. A Distribution Policy and Distribution Strategy. The BBC proposed to only consult on the Policy document.</p> <p>techUK have written a detailed response covering many issue faced by digital device manufacturers that serve the television and radio sectors. Members can download our consultation response from this link.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK commented. "Whilst we welcome the opportunity for dialogue and comment&nbsp;it is a mistake for the BBC to only consult on the Distribution Policy document and not to also consult on the Distribution Strategy document. Proposals contained within both documents are intrinsinctly linked and cannot be considered in isolation. Comments in our response span both BBC policy and strategy as we do not believe that they should or can be considered independently. techUK call upon the BBC to consult on both documents as part of this consultation and review. We believe that this is of such critical importance that techUK and its members cannot support the proposals in the BBC Distribution Consultation without a linked review of the Distribution Strategy document."</p> <p>For more infromation on our work with the BBC on behalf of members contact:</p>Contact: <a href=""></a> techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design Project Tue, 10 Apr 2018 12:21:20 +0100 CRM Sync Draft techUK response to DCMS Secure by Design IoT Project <p>techUK is submitting a response to <a href="">DCMS' Secure by Design consumer IoT Project</a>&nbsp;drawn from both IoT and Cyber Programmes.&nbsp;</p> <p>The response is based on our previous engagement with DCMS and following a conference call with members.&nbsp;</p> <p>We welcome further revisions to the response and ask for these by Close of Business on Thursday 19 April.</p> <p>Please send any comments through to<a href=""> Matthew Evans</a></p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> New techUK Paper Sets Out What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:14:45 +0100 Craig Melson(techUK) techUK launches new paper setting out what tech exporters want from Brexit <p>With Brexit negotiations back underway, techUK has published a new report on what tech exporters, particularly those in the Dual-Use, cyber and defence sector want to see when the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>This paper, titled ‘<a href="images/what_tech_exporters_want_from_brexit_WEBSITE.pdf">What Tech Exporters Want From Brexit</a>’, outlines the steps the UK should take to ensure current trade is not disrupted, highlights the impact of uncertainty, how companies have already responded and complements an existing techUK paper ‘<a href="insights/news/item/10659-government-must-ensure-uk-tech-can-thrive-in-new-customs-arrangements">Leaving the Customs Union</a>’ which focuses specifically on the importance of securing a customs system in time for the day the UK leaves the EU.</p> <p>There has been positive progress on transition with a deal seemingly in place and the Articles on the continued flow of goods and conformity assessments are particularly welcome. But, there is still a lack of information on the future customs system and, with less than one year until exit day, this is a major concern.</p> <p>Members believe Brexit will disrupt trade and one of the main conclusions is to ensure this doesn’t happen. There are several case studies in the report, where businesses have had to move operations into the EU and we urge Government to be more open with business, so companies can have more confidence about the future relationship.</p> <p>From discussions it was also clear there are also opportunities from Brexit, especially in reforming the treatment of Dual-Use items and simplifying the overly complicated export licencing system for controlled items. The UK excels at innovative cyber, defence and Dual-Use products and techUK members in this area feel that that the UK regime is overly burdensome and inhibits export growth, something we can’t afford to do.</p> <p>The report further encourages Government to look at how other non-EU countries approach Dual-Use goods and highlights the need for a long-term vision for this sector, especially if the EU Dual-Use Regulation recast fails to pass in the next year.</p> <p>The report also makes suggestions around new and tech-led ‘Virtual Free Trade Zones’ that simplify customs clearances and help alleviate border crossing pressure. The recommendations in full are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Ensure there are no new barriers in the movement of goods between the UK and the EU, nor an increase in base prices for products</strong>. This is key to maintaining UK competitiveness in the tech and digital sectors.</li> <li><strong>Transitional deal terms should be outlined by early 2018 and be results-driven and business ready</strong>. techUK believes this should have been at least two years and should follow a project management system with key milestones.</li> <li><strong>Reform export controls.</strong> The UK has taken the lead from Europe on a variety of export control policies and Brexit is an opportunity to reform, future-proof and simplify onerous export control regulations.</li> <li><strong>Consider other Dual-Use arrangements</strong>. The Dual-Use Regulation will not pass in time to be accounted for under the processes in the EU Withdrawal Bill, and the UK should set out a long-term strategy for promoting the exports of Dual-Use goods.</li> <li><strong>Consider Virtual Free Trade Zones</strong>. Using tech, Virtual Free Trade Zones can allow for smooth processing of goods and allow for frictionless trade.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Reform the customs system.</strong> Whilst the CHIEF – CDS transition is happening already, there is an opportunity to properly revise the whole suite of customs procedures.</li> <li><strong>Flexibility in the next stage of negotiations</strong>. Businesses need to know where the UK and EU will be flexible and to what extent to better justify investment decisions.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> Data Centres and Environmental Permitting Regulations Wed, 14 Mar 2018 14:35:25 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Emma Fryer makes some observations on EPR and how they apply to large installations of emergency standby plant in data centres. <p>Please click below to download the report.&nbsp;</p> Why Returners Programmes are Good for Business Thu, 08 Mar 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) To celebrate the anniversary of techUK's Returners Hub, members of the Skills & Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes. <p>On International Women’s Day 2018, one year after the <a href="returners">techUK Returners Hub</a> was launched, members of the Skills &amp; Diversity Council share their experiences with Returners Programmes – their value to companies trying to address skills shortages and improve diversity; their economic impact; and the impact they’ve had on the individuals participating in them. To mark this day, techUK members produced a paper (download link at the bottom of the page) reporting on the success of the Returners’s Hub over the previous year.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/iwd_570px_002.jpg" alt="iwd 570px 002" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Jen Rodvold, Head of Sustainability &amp; Social Value Services at Sopra Steria, who led the development of this paper said:</h3> <p>“The paper gives real-life examples from companies that offer opportunities to returners, from those just starting to those with well-established programmes. Participating Council members with Returners Programmes (or a commitment to hiring returners) report positive experiences and anticipate significant business benefits in the future. It is still early days for most of us, and many of us reported that we need to improve how we find and attract returners so we can continue to develop this talent source. Next, we’ll be looking into further developing the Returners Hub to ensure it is even more useful for companies, supporting organisations (like ELATT and the OU providing training), and returners themselves. So, watch this space and a special thanks to Accenture, CA Technology, CogecoPeer1, ELATT, FDM, Fujitsu and Sopra Steria for their contributions.”</p> <h3>Case Studies</h3> <p>The report contains two case studies with four real life examples of how returner’s programmes can have a dramatically positive impact on the lives of people returning from career breaks. The stories can be seen below.</p> <h3>Yesim Shenoy, Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Yesim.PNG" alt="Yesim" width="154" height="158" style="display: block; margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I took a career break to look after my growing family and then subsequently to care for my aging mother. In total, my career break lasted fifteen years.</p> <p>Anticipating that coming back to work would be difficult after this length of time, I chose to join a join FDM’s Returners programme as I realised the seven weeks of training it offered would give me the opportunity to refresh my skills and rebuild my confidence. The great thing about joining a returner programme is that you’re not in it on your own. Joining as part of a group, with the support of excellent trainers was really reassuring, and enabled me to adapt back into a business environment. For others thinking of returners programmes, I would encourage you to have an open mind in the first instance. You need to just do it, jump in and take yourself out of your comfort zone and work hard in order to get it back.”</p> <h3>Sheila Marriott, Business Change Project Manager, FDM Group</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Sheila.PNG" alt="Sheila" width="169" height="190" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“After spending 2 years caring for my children and family I had not anticipated how challenging it would be to return to work; I felt like I was a small fish in a big ocean with no real idea what to do next or how to deal with the lack of support.</p> <p>FDM’s returners programme gave me the opportunity to re-train and restart my career, and provided the ongoing support and training once I started. Having been out of the working world for a while, I felt that I needed to have a strong support structure to help me get back into a career. The program has provided me with the knowledge, confidence and skills to believe in myself and deliver in my role. I would recommend to others that you don’t hesitate in applying, a returners programme is the starting point of you getting your career back on track.”</p> <h3>Janice Everitt, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p style="text-align: left;"><img src="images/assets/Janice.PNG" alt="Janice" width="183" height="195" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" />&nbsp;“I applied to a returners programme as I felt that it would be a much better fit for me following a six year career break than applying as an experienced hire. The Accenture programme was particularly appealing as it offers both the training opportunity to bring me back up to speed and the project opportunity to prove (to myself primarily) that I still have a valuable contribution to make.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">There have been many benefits of being part of the returners programme so far. The training we have received has been excellent both in terms of content and the knowledge of the faculty. Joining a project team and seeing how I can make a difference and add value has increased my confidence that I am indeed good enough to return to professional life, and last but by no means least, being part of a returners group has provided a fantastic support network in a very short space of time.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">My advice to anyone else considering a returners programme would simply be “Go for it!” Just because you have chosen to take a career break definitely doesn’t mean that you no longer have a valuable contribution to make. Don’t tell yourself you can’t do it – if you did it in the past then you can most definitely do it now (especially with the fantastic support provided on a programme like Break|Through).”</p> <h3>Anjali Khimasia, Accenture Break|Through participant</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Anjali.PNG" alt="Anjali" width="194" height="229" style="margin: 5px; float: left;" /></p> <p>“I chose to apply to a returners programme to test out my ability to get back to being at the top of my game after taking time out to be with my kids. I felt that many of the general flexible/part-time roles advertised would not have challenged or excited me enough. I was also very keen to have some training and reassurance that the skills that I’d acquired over the years were still relevant and applicable NOW, despite the changing technological landscape.</p> <p>I feel excited about the technological revolution and my future career prospects, having had exposure to so many great minds at Accenture. I feel confident that I can add value and can make a positive contribution to projects and I’ve picked up lots of skills and knowledge from the intensive training we have been given. I’ve also met a lot of smart, approachable and lovely individuals. And I have a broader range of topics to take home and discuss with my children!</p> <p>My advice to anyone thinking about doing the same would be to take the plunge, go for it and embrace the opportunity. There’s little to lose and so much to gain. I am pleased that the climate is changing and that my kids (especially my daughter) will one day be able to take a career break and be welcomed back with open arms.”</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>To see more posts like this, <a href="">please visit the campaign week landing page</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For press enquiries:</p> Check out latest techUK Data Protection Bill Briefing Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:38:54 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK has updated its Data Protection Bill briefing ahead of the Bill's Second Reading in the House of Commons. <p>The Data Protection Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 5 March 2018.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Bill is an incredibly important piece of legislation, updating the UK's data protection framework in line with the EU General Data Protection Regulation and is a crucial part of preparing the UK for brexit negotiations and agreeing an adequacy agreement with the EU.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has been following the Bill closely and you can download our latest briefing below.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like further information on techUK's work on Data Protection please contact Jeremy Lilley.&nbsp;</p> BBC Consult on Distribution Policy Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:11:41 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC has launched an 8 week consultation on the draft Policy for the distribution of its UK Public Services <p>The draft policy sets out how the BBC’s services are made available to watch, listen or use and includes a series of proposed conditions for distribution via third parties.</p> <p>Alongside the Distribution Policy, the BBC’s Charter &amp; Framework Agreement also requires the BBC to publish a Distribution Strategy. The Strategy sets out the BBC’s distribution objectives and has also been published today to give context to the draft Policy.</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, commented: "We requested an industry consultation as part of our response to Charter renewal in 2016. We welcome this review and will be working with members and the BBC to input industry requirements."</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks until Monday 9 April 2018.</p> <p>If you wish to get involved in techUK's work with the BBC on behalf of members, please contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>The full documentation can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Documents</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Respond to Ofcom Consultation on EPG Accessibility Thu, 08 Feb 2018 17:03:00 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) This Ofcom consultation relates to EPG accessibility for users with visual impairments and impacts all device manufacturers in the TV/ PVR/ STB space. <p>This consultation seeks to implement changes to EPG displays to benefit users with visual impairments. Some of the proposed changes are available on selected devices today but are not standardised across all products. These changes will apply to EPGs that display Free-to-Air Public Service Broadcaster content, so will apply across DTT, Satellite and IP.</p> <p>The consultation refers to the previous consultation and changes proposed in this second consultation as a result of feedback from the previous consultation. In summary some of the main points are:</p> <p>1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (e.g. PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPGs (so TVs are now in scope).<br />2) Previously it was proposed that ‘best endeavours’ are required to meet the changes, now it is proposed that ‘reasonable endeavours, to secure so far as practical’ are required.&nbsp;<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be required to review/ act quickly on new devices, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required include:<br />a. Text to Speech rendering.<br />b. Programme highlighting where audio description is provided.<br />c. EPG magnification options.<br />d. Switching between default and high contrast displays.</p> <p>The change recommendations are designed to help visually impaired viewers use EPG’s with greater ease and be able to identify which programmes contain content support services that help visually impaired viewers.</p> <p>techUK have responded to this consultation on behalf of our device manufacturing members. A copy of our response can be downloaded by members below.</p> <p>Enquries should be directed to:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Modern Slavery Act: How is the Tech Sector Responding? Tue, 06 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) A new techUK report outlines how the tech sector has responded to the Modern Slavery Act. <blockquote>A new techUK paper explores how tech firms are responding to rules on modern slavery and provides recommendations for Government to help improve business reporting.</blockquote> <p>A new report from techUK investigates current modern slavery reporting standards in the tech sector and makes recommendations for both businesses and Government to help improve the quality of reporting and further drive out modern slavery from tech supply chains.</p> <p>The 2015 Modern Slavery Act is one of the world’s first national laws for combatting modern slavery. Section 54 introduced a new requirement that all UK firms turning over £36 million publish a Modern Slavery Statement.</p> <p>In <a href="images/techUK_modern_slavery_act_FINAL.pdf">Modern Slavery Act: How has the Tech Sector Responded?</a>, techUK analyses a number of statements from tech companies. Overall there is a high level of compliance, but major variances in the quality and detail of reports. Several recommendations to improve the quality of reporting across the sector are made in the report, including:</p> <ul> <li>Metrics to illustrate progress and compliance.</li> <li>Examples and case studies of non-compliance and how these were resolved.</li> <li>Details of corporate governance structures and reporting methods, even if the company believes it is at a low risk.</li> <li>Details of whistleblowing mechanisms and how they have been used.</li> <li>Responsibilities that have been assigned to staff, directors and board members.</li> </ul> <p>Further recommendations are also made to Government to improve the reporting process, such as:</p> <ul> <li>Work with industry to set a reporting framework with sector specific-advice.</li> <li>Use insights from the UK’s global network of embassies to help companies identify credible NGOs to work with in-region.</li> <li>Create an FAQ on questions received from businesses in respect to MSA reporting.</li> <li>Engage with foreign governments and international fora (Commonwealth or G20) developing their own MSA type rules to align and seek equivalence in reporting requirements.</li> </ul> <p>Speaking about the report, Julian David, techUK CEO said:</p> <p><em>“The tech sector takes its role in combatting modern slavery very seriously and is keen to work with Government and other third-party organisations to do so. This is, however, a new area of reporting with little guidance on what “good” looks like. This techUK report is a first step in attempting to bridge the gap so that the sector can efficiently identify and enact positive change to stamp out any wrongdoing both within their business and across their supply chain."</em></p> <p>Andrew Wallis, CEO of Unseen, went on to say:</p> <p><em>“We very much welcome the lead that the tech sector is giving to tackling modern slavery. techUK’s report constructively highlights some of the innovative and positive responses by the tech sector. We particularly welcome the recognition for the need for real collaboration in tackling this complex issue. Unseen looks forward to further productive working with responsible businesses in the sector as we seek together to end modern slavery.”</em></p> <p>Moira Oliver, Head of Policy and Chief Counsel, Human/Digital Rights - BT Group Corporate Affairs, concluded:</p> <p><em>“Technology is a critical enabler in the global effort to eradicate modern slavery. It can help to protect the vulnerable from abuse, prevent crimes, pursue criminals and support care and remedy mechanisms for survivors. But it’s important that the technology sector collaborates not just on potential solutions but on reporting transparently the steps we’re taking.”</em></p> <p>For more information, please download the report below.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom Fixed Wireless Spectrum Strategy Wed, 31 Jan 2018 10:05:00 +0000 CRM Sync Ofcom consultation on proposed next steps to enable future uses of fixed wireless links <p>Ofcom&nbsp;previously&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">gathered information on how the uses of fixed wireless links could change over the next 5-10 years</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>This recent document&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">summarises Ofcom's key findings and consults</a>&nbsp;on specific areas which focus on enabling ultra-high capacity wireless backhaul requirements for the future.</p> <p>techUK's&nbsp;response was developed through techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Council</a>:</p> <p><em>"techUK members make extensive use of existing fixed links spectrum and are interested in how the regulation of bands in use today may change and in new spectrum bands that are not yet available.</em></p> <p><em>Many of our members with interests in fixed wireless links have participated in recent relevant debates within UK Spectrum Policy Forum, including workshops where issues concerning bands above 50GHz have been debated, and where flexible spectrum access requirements have been. This techUK response reflects many of the views and some conclusions from the Spectrum Policy Forum discussions."</em></p> <p>techUK's comments in response to the consultation questions are provided in the attached consultation response.</p> <hr><p>&nbsp;More information on techUK's&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>&nbsp;is available.&nbsp;</p>Contact: <a href=""></a>Contact: <a href=""></a> Procuring the Smarter State Mon, 29 Jan 2018 09:33:17 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) techUK outlines steps to promote public sector innovation in new report <blockquote>techUK has launched <span class="wf_file_text">Procuring </span><span class="wf_file_text">the </span><span class="wf_file_text">Smarter State: key steps to </span><span class="wf_file_text">promote innovation and</span><span class="wf_file_text"> </span><span class="wf_file_text">growth in the public </span><span class="wf_file_text">sector</span>.</blockquote> <p>This new report sets out how procurement can act as a tool for Government to deliver its ambitious vision for the future of public services and use public sector procurement to help foster innovation in the supplier community.</p> <p>Drawing on the findings from techUK’s<a href="civil-servants-survey"> Civil Servants Survey 2017</a>, and <a href="insights/opinions/item/12009-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes" target="_blank">GovTech SME Survey 2017</a>, the report identifies the key challenges and opportunities for Government as it seeks to build the Smarter State. Key recommendations include:</p> <p><strong>Use Procurement as a Tool to Deliver the Vision of Government Transformation</strong></p> <p>The use of the Digital Marketplace should be expanded by increasing the spend going through frameworks, and the number of non-Whitehall parts of the public sector using the system - with a focus on local authorities and Government agencies.</p> <p><strong>Take Advantage of the Opportunities Offered by the UK GovTech Market</strong></p> <p>One minister in every department should be given responsibility for tech and should champion driving consistent implementation of the Digital Strategy, as well as aligning with the Government Transformation Strategy. A key area of focus for these ministers should be the commitments relating to procurement and SMEs, and promoting the use of Contracts Finder to advertise opportunities.</p> <p><strong>Take a Strategic and Innovative Approach to Market Engagement</strong></p> <p>Central government departments should take a broader, transparent and strategic approach to communicating with the tech sector on planned procurement activity. This should include adopting a more proactive approach to engaging with prospective suppliers, publishing pipelines and emerging opportunities well in advance of procurement decisions.</p> <p><strong>Launching the report at the National Government ICT Conference Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The message of this report is simple - for the Government to deliver its transformation and growth commitments, it must make a step change in procurement in central government and the wider public sector. I look forward to working in partnership with Government to develop the next generation of public services, and to stimulate growth in the UK GovTech market.”</em></p> <p><strong>Niall Quinn, Procurement Director for Technology at the Crown Commercial Service commented:</strong></p> <p><em>“The UK benefits from one of the most vibrant and thriving tech ecosystems globally and the experience and innovation of the UK’s tech industry is a valuable resource for the public sector.”</em></p> <p><em>“The last decade has seen an increased understanding within government of the importance of driving digital transformation to deliver efficient, effective public services which meet the needs of citizens. As such this is an important report that should be considered as a platform for the whole of the public sector to engage with current and prospective ICT suppliers.”</em></p> BBC Release R&D Review Including Value Creation from Investment Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:49:11 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC have released findings into the results and value creation of their R&D activities over the previous charter period. <blockquote>As part of the BBC’s new Charter agreement with&nbsp;UK Government (2017) , they were required to undertake and publish a review of their Research &amp; Development (R&amp;D) activity.</blockquote> <p>The review is an&nbsp;assessment of the work that BBC R&amp;D has delivered over the last Charter period (2007 – 2016), including a cost-benefit analysis, a qualitative assessment of&nbsp;successes, and consideration of future objectives.</p> <p>The review concludes that BBC R&amp;D delivered significant value to the BBC, audiences, the creative community, the wider industry and the UK economy. Its cost-benefit analysis&nbsp;estimates that every pound spent by BBC R&amp;D delivered a return of £5 - £9 to the UK.</p> <p>This analysis takes a range of factors into consideration, including economic benefits and efficiencies delivered to the BBC, audiences benefitting from new or improved services, and other factors like patents and technology standards that benefit the industry and broader society.</p> <p>Full details and links to the papers can be accessed via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC R&amp;D Review Links</a></p> <p>techUK and the BBC have arranged for a member briefing on the review and it's impact on the commercial sector at techUK's Consumer Electronics Strategy and Technology Council on the 30th January. Matthew Postgate, BBC Main Board Director, will be attending to present the review.</p> <p>If you are a techUK member and would like to particpate in our partnership work with the BBC and find out more how we support our members in the Consumer Electronics and Broadcast sectors please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Report: What does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:44:28 +0000 Skye MacLeod (techUK) A white paper prepared by QinetiQ for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum <blockquote><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMjE2NS1yZXBvcnQtd2hhdC1kb2VzLXRoZS11ay1uZWVkLXRvLWRvLXRvLXB1cnN1ZS1pdHMtc3BlY3RydW0tcmVzaWxpZW5jZS1vYmplY3RpdmVz" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/White_Paper_image_-_what_does_the_UK_need_to_do_to_pursue_its_spectrum_resilience_objectives.JPG" alt="White Paper image - what does the UK need to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives" width="202" height="283" style="float: right;" /></a>This QinetiQ white paper for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum considers what the UK needs to do to pursue its spectrum resilience objectives.</blockquote> <p>Radio spectrum access is critical - it underpins the UK’s economy and provides significant social value through the range of applications it supports. It is, therefore, part of the UK’s (soft) infrastructure and the access to it should be resilient and appropriate spectrum protection measures should be implemented by businesses and users. It is UK Government policy to have resilience in its Critical National Infrastructure, however, as spectrum access is pervasive, there is also a need to ensure that other key systems and services, in an increasingly integrated and interdependent society, are resilient.</p> <p>This white paper, based on the outcomes of two UK Spectrum Policy Forum&nbsp; workshops (<a href="" target="_blank">1</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">2</a>), first outlines the broad need for resilient systems and provides two examples that illustrate the potential ripple or cascade effects that disruptive effects could cause. These demonstrate the need to conduct system level testing to ensure that unexpected (ripple or cascade) effects can be understood and mitigated.</p> <p>A <a href="events/meeting/item/12631-uk-spectrum-policy-forum-spectrum-resilience" target="_blank">further workshop on spectrum resilience</a>&nbsp;will be held on&nbsp;Thursday 03 May 2018 at techUK.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a>&nbsp;(<a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SPF</a>) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 240 member organisations. A&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> USA Consumer Technology Association Launch Innovation Scorecard Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:23:52 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) The UK scores highly in the CTA Innovation Scorecard, consisting of indexes that evaluate innovation-friendly policies both domestically and internationally. <p><strong>The 2018 International Innovation Champions are: The United Kingdom, Finland, Australia, Sweden, the United States, Singapore, the Netherlands, Canada, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Austria, Denmark and New Zealand.</strong></p> <p>The inaugural International Innovation Scorecard grades 38 countries and the European Union across 12 categories. You will find measures of whether or not governments are welcoming disruptive technologies, including the sharing economy and self-driving vehicles, how friendly their tax systems are, and how well they protect the environment, as well as issues of perennial importance such as broadband speed and cost.</p> <p>Across the countries the CTA evaluated:</p> <p><strong>Diversity</strong><br />The most diverse countries are Australia, Canada, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Freedom</strong><br />The countries with the most individual and political freedom in the world are Canada, Netherlands, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal.</p> <p><strong>Broadband</strong><br />The countries that have, on average, the fastest and most affordable internet connections are the <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Finland, South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, Austria and the Netherlands.</p> <p><strong>Human Capital</strong><br />The countries with the most educated workforces are Singapore, Israel, Japan, Canada, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, Germany, Sweden and New Zealand.</p> <p><strong>Tax Friendliness</strong><br />The countries with the most innovation-friendly tax systems are Singapore, China, Panama, Chile, Ireland and Canada.</p> <p><strong>R&amp;D Investment</strong><br />The countries with the greatest amount of R&amp;D spending as a percentage of GDP are Israel, South Korea, Japan, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneurial Activity</strong><br />The countries with the highest level of entrepreneurial activity are Australia, <strong>United Kingdom</strong>, New Zealand, the United States, Singapore, Ireland and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Drones</strong><br />The countries best-enabling drone technologies to flourish are Australia, Finland, Portugal, Singapore and Sweden.</p> <p><strong>Ridesharing</strong><br />The countries that allow ridesharing to operate most freely are Finland, Panama, Peru, Poland, Rwanda, South Africa and Mexico.</p> <p><strong>Short-Term Rentals</strong><br />The countries with the best federal frameworks for short-term home rentals are Chile, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Portugal and South Africa.</p> <p><strong>Self-Driving Vehicles</strong><br />The countries leading the way in self-driving vehicle policy are Australia, Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p><strong>Environment</strong><br />The countries with cleanest water and air are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the <strong>United Kingdom</strong> and the United States.</p> <p>For the full report, access via the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">CTA 2018 Innovation Report</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> CES Blog. Day 4 (January 12th). Leaving Las Vegas. Sat, 13 Jan 2018 01:55:50 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Paul Hide, techUK, wraps up his week at CES 2018 with a summary of this year’s show. <p>It’s been an eventful, exhausting, chaotic and productive week in Las Vegas. Obstacles have been put in our path that we might not have expected. Tuesday saw the wettest ever January day in the city. Crossing the street could be likened to riding the rapids of the Grand Canyon.</p> <p>All that water had to go somewhere, that somewhere being through the ceilings of the Main Halls, the rooms of the Suites in the MGM and the doors of Eureka Park. I’m not sure that Samsung and Sony had imagined a collection of buckets across their multi million dollar stands as part of the original design specification.</p> <p>Greater challenges occurred when the water found its way into the main electricity supply plunging the Main Halls into darkness for over 2 hours on Wednesday, impacting on the likes of LG, Intel, Sony, Samsung, Panasonic and hundreds of other exhibitors.</p> <p>But through adversity business has flourished. The techUK Pavilion has been a destination point for thousands of international buyers, distributors, financiers and media partners. All 12 of our supported companies have collectively secured order opportunities of many millions of pounds, far above their expectations, and many excellent global connections which can lead to new business opportunities after the show has ended.</p> <p>I have spoken to many of the other UK companies situated within Eureka Park and the Connected Home halls and they too are incredibly positive about the value they have and will gain from attending this international trade fair. The location may be the USA, but the audience is most certainly global.</p> <p>I’ve been attending this show on and off for the last 20 years. It has evolved massively over time and is no longer the preserve of consumer electronics alone. The motor industry now has a massive presence here, as does the health tech sector.</p> <p>Many of the 4000 exhibitors are focussed on B2B tech solutions spanning hardware, software and services. The media headlines may be led by the major brand players in consumer focussed tech but when you get onto the show floor your eyes are opened to the breadth and spread of companies from across the globe doing B2B, B2C and B2G business.</p> <p>This has been the first year that techUK have partnered with the UK Department of International Trade to run a UK Pavilion at CES giving exposure to some superb examples of the quality of the tech start-up entrepreneurs and their innovative products and services that the UK can offer.</p> <p>It has proved an unequivocal success. UK Government branding resulted in the Pavilion being a destination point for media and business people to seek out UK companies at the show. We’ve been packed out with visitors talking real business opportunities every hour that the show floor was open. Our start-up partners go home exhausted but excited about the orders and opportunities secured over the last four days.</p> <p>We have proven how successful a co-ordinated approach at CES can be. We have also seen that this show provides opportunities for many sectors of the tech industry, home, health, mobile, transportation, energy, data and automation to name just a few.<br />techUK will be working with DiT as soon as we get back to the UK to start the planning process for 2019. We want to build on the success of this year and support more techUK members and start-ups use CES2019 to grow their businesses.</p> <p>Consider the opportunities that attending CES can create for your business. If you want to find out more about how techUK can help you in exhibiting at CES2019 speak to us soon. Those that attended in 2018 most certainly plan to be back next year.</p> <p>CES2019 January 8th to 11th 2019. Put it in your diary. Viva Las Vegas!</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) SmarterUK 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>The second half of 2017 saw techUK delve deep into data accompanied by exploring the implications of GDPR. Data brings many opportunities for the infrastructure sector, it opens doors for innovation, but it isn’t a one-way street. techUK worked closely with government, local authorities, and the tech sector to open doors for opportunities and innovation hosting and participating in <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=286_119_122_123&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 30 events in the second half of 2017</a>. This work will be built upon in 2018 and we very much look forward to continuing this work with our members.</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <h3 style="color: #33c1ff;">To champion the economic and societal benefits that smart infrastructure solutions can deliver to UK plc and its citizens.</h3> <p>In conjunction with the techUK IoT Programme and market <a href="">research firm GfK</a>, we published our highly anticipated <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in November. The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by...</p> IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017 Fri, 12 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) IoT 6 Monthly Activity Roundup 2017, the full version is available to download for members. <p>techUK's IoT Programme has a core vision of stimulating the take up of IoT in the UK. It does this by bringing together the key players in IoT in the UK to; drive core issues that affect trust in IoT; ensure the right policy and regulatory regime is in place and develop markets and business opportunities.</p> <p>The second half of 2017 began with a flurry of policy announcements with GDPR, data, and security dominating discourse. Our IoT Programme has been as busy as ever running <a href=";view=itemlist&amp;Itemid=193&amp;date_direction=future&amp;date=7&amp;cat%5B1%5D=237_173_160&amp;cat%5Bmain%5D=61_47_64_50_69_67_60_68_59&amp;format=raw">over 25 events</a>, publishing our <a href="">Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation</a> and our inaugural <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home report</a>. With the IoT becoming more relevant to everyday life, and Government embarking on a new Industrial Strategy that rightly places digital at its core, we have sought to focus not just on market opportunities but also how we overcome the challenges limiting implementation.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2 style="color: #8a04ab;">Highlights &amp; Achievements</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="color: #04ab36;">State of the Connected Home 2017</h3> <p>In November we published our long awaited <a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends">State of the Connected Home 2017 report</a> in partnership with market <a href="">research firm, GfK</a>. We launched the report with a stakeholder roundtable, followed by an interactive workshop where we took members on an immersive journey; exploring and demonstrating how to navigate the complicated world of consumer-led innovation for the Connected Home.<br />The report explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to...</p> Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation Mon, 08 Jan 2018 14:38:37 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation. <blockquote>Putting the User Back into Transport Innovation – Use Cases for Data provided an opportunity for tech and transport industry actors to explore user-focused opportunities for innovation.</blockquote> <p>In November 2017, techUK hosted a workshop with <a href="">Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK)</a> to bring together the transport and technology industries to explore opportunities to better innovate for the future, with a particular focus on user challenges.</p> <p>Attendees included Catapults, tech suppliers, transport providers and delivery agencies.</p> <p>Challenges and opportunities were examined in themed workshops, including:</p> <ul> <li>Unlocking the value of transport data</li> <li>Skills availability in the UK workforce</li> <li>Opportunities for data in reducing maintenance costs</li> <li>Public transport investment</li> <li>Network management</li> </ul> <p>The workshop fostered open discussion of organisational needs and objectives for incorporation of technology and data capabilities to better prepare British transport for the future.</p> <p>If you would like to know more about the SmarterUK Transport Group, please get in touch with:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> DCMS Launch Small Scale DAB Consultation Document Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:01:15 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) More local commercial and community radio stations will be able to broadcast on digital across the UK under new plans announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock. <p>DCMS has&nbsp;published the small-scale DAB consultation document, accompanied by a press release headed ‘Government to help commercial and community radio to go digital.’&nbsp;</p> <p>The press release highlights the progress made by digital radio and the opportunity offered by small-scale technology to enable hundreds of local commercial and community stations to broadcast on DAB for the first time.</p> <p>In his quote Digital Minister Matt Hancock comments on how local radio is much-loved and the need to support local radio by making sure the rules are up to date and that the opportunity exists to use new digital technology to reach audiences.</p> <p>Digital Radio UK are quoted&nbsp;as welcoming the small -scale DAB consultation but emphasising that ‘there is much work to be done to fully consider the best use of the limited spectrum available and how small-scale can work most efficiently alongside existing local and national DAB multiplexes.’</p> <p>The consultation will run for 8 weeks starting on 4 January and completing on 5pm 28 February and covers 12 key questions relating to community stations and digital licences, ownership of small scale radio multiplexes, the size of the multiplex area , the duration of the licences, BBC access to small-scale DAB and Ofcom’s duty to consider local commercial impacts on local multiplexes.</p> <p>DCMS have said that their aim is to have new licensing arrangements in place by the end of the year. It is likely that during this period they will take measures to extend the existing trial area small-scale multiplexes whose licences expire in the first half of 2018.</p> <p>A link to the press release:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Press Release</a></p> <p>A link to the consultation documentation:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Consultation Document</a></p> <p>For more information on techUK's work on Digital Radio contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Data Centre Programme Overview Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Collective expertise and a strong authoritative voice has made techUK the go-to organisation on data centres. This is how we represent the sector. <p>Like much of ICT, data centres are poorly understood by policy makers, commentators and the general public. That makes them vulnerable to ill-informed criticism. We have an excellent track record in setting the record straight on ICT in general and data centres in particular.</p> <p>The techUK data centre group has over 400 members and is recognised by key decision makers as the collective voice of the UK data centre sector in matters relating to public policy, reputation, professionalism and energy efficiency. It is our ultimate objective to ensure that the UK continues to offer a business environment in which the sector can flourish. Our members include data centre operators, both colocation and enterprise providers, companies who manufacture the IT and communications hardware that occupy these facilities and others in the data centre supply chain - from cooling solution providers to investors.</p> <h2><strong>Below is an overview of the activity undertaken by the techUK data centre group.</strong></h2> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 98% of Non Authorised Apple Chargers Pose Fire and Shock risks Mon, 18 Dec 2017 11:59:46 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Electrical Safety First launch report on test results of non authorised device chargers <p>Electrical Safety First (ESF) have launched a new report detailing the results of some testing we carried out, supported by Apple, on 50 counterfeit iPhone chargers. Almost all (49 out of 50) of the chargers tested had the potential to deliver a lethal electric shock and/or cause a fire.</p> <p>ESF's media campaign highlights the serious risks associated with buying fake/ non-authroised&nbsp;electrical products, particularly chargers.</p> <p>ESF are asking online marketplaces and social media companies to do more to prevent the sale of fake electrical goods and to highlight the problem of sellers advertising counterfeit or lookalike chargers on their websites.</p> <p>The message for consumers is to be vigilant when shopping online and only buy from retailers they know and trust.</p> <p>You can find out more about the story, and download a copy of the full report, by visiting:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fake Chargers</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Ofcom Launch New Consultation on Electronic Programme Guides Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:33:22 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Ofcom propose amendments to the EPG code, so that people with visual impairments can benefit from extra features to help them navigate channels more easily. <p>Following an initial consultation launched back in October 2016 and feedback from techUK, Digital UK and other industry stakeholders the&nbsp;second iteration of the Ofcom consultation on proposed changes to the code of practice on EPGs has now been released. This consultation impacts the feature sets for TVs, PVRs and STBs as well as the EPG meta data delivered via the Broadcasters.</p> <p>This new consultation has taken into account some&nbsp;of the feedback received from industry in the first consultation and there are some changes to the original proposals.</p> <p>In summary,&nbsp;the main recommendations for change include:<br />1) Previously the proposed changes were focused only on multi-function receivers (PVRs), now they will apply to all devices that display EPG (TVs are now in scope).<br />2) Previously it was proposed that ‘best endeavours’ are required to meet the changes, now it is proposed that ‘reasonable endeavours so far as practical’ are required. This suggests a less onerous 'comply at any cost' approach which would have proved problematic where it is not possible to enable compliance of current models/ chassis without incurring costs and/ or resource that could make the product uneconmically viable to continue to place onto the market.<br />3) Changes will come into force when the final statement is published, so this suggests that manufacturers will be forced to act quickly, possibly in 2018.<br />4) The changes required are&nbsp;:<br />a. Text to Speech rendering.<br />b. Programme highlighting where audio description is provided.<br />c. EPG magnification options.<br />d. Switching between default and high contrast displays.</p> <p>techUK will be reviewing and responsing to this consultation on behalf of members. The techUK CE Strategy and Technology Group will lead on the consultation response drafting.</p> <p>A link to the Ofcom consulation can be accessed below:</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=epg-accessibility" target="_blank">Ofcom EPG Consultation documents</a></p> <p>For more information on how to get involved in this consultation contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> National Careers Service Concept Viability Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:09:56 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) National Careers Service Concept Viability Report Published Today <p>techUK held a series of concept viability market engagement events with the National Careers Service in November. The concept viability programme allows public sector customers to have a two-way dialogue with the market, and provides suppliers of all sizes, including small businesses, with an opportunity to help shape and validate ideas, plans and requirements.</p> <p>The events engaged with potential suppliers, experts and other interested parties in advance of a future procurement. Organisations were invited to attend the event and which was designed to discuss how the ESFA can best deliver the objectives of the new National Careers Service.</p> <p>A final report summarising the findings of the market engagement events, including briefings from the National Careers Service and a summary of key themes and responses can be found below.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Latest techUK Briefing on Data Protection Bill Fri, 08 Dec 2017 15:48:06 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) Ahead of Data Protection Bill's Report Stage in the House of Lords, check out techUK's latest briefing <blockquote>techUK has updated its briefing on the Data Protection Bill ahead of Report Stage beginning in the House of Lords on Monday 11 December 2017.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>With discussions at Committee Stage focusing on fundamental rights to data protection, age appropriate design and data ethics, amongst other topics, we can expect to see further discussion at Report Stage on these areas and others.&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK's briefing provides the tech sector's views on the key amendments we expect to be discussed. The briefing can be downloaded below.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you would like to learn more about techUK's work on the Data Protection Bill please contact Jeremy Lilley.&nbsp;</p> What Are the Key Issues for Agreeing a Post Brexit UK-EU Data Sharing Agreement? Thu, 30 Nov 2017 09:12:37 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) As techUK and UK Finance launch report commissioned from law firm Dentons, we assess the key issues for the UK and EU agreeing a future data sharing agreement. <blockquote><em>As highlighted in techUK and UK Finance’s report on a future data sharing agreement between the UK and the EU, mutual adequacy agreements represent the best option to ensuring the continued free flow of data post-Brexit.</em></blockquote> <p>It is increasingly clear that data underpins 21st century trade. In a modern digital economy, the ability to trade in goods and services and do business cross-border is closely linked to the movement of data across national boundaries. For goods and services to flow, data has to flow too. But governments also have a responsibility to their citizens to ensure that any personal data that is transferred overseas is subject to high standards of protection. The importance of maintaining the public’s trust in data protection will mean that regulatory approaches to cross-border data will be just as important as tariffs in future international trade.</p> <p>Given the number of different businesses and sectors that now powered by data the importance of maintaining the free flow of personal data must be a priority within the Brexit negotiations. The impacts of losing the legal framework to allow the flow of data could have serious impacts for both the UK and EU27 economy. That is why techUK has joined forces with UK Finance to publish <a href="" target="_blank">“No Interruptions Please: Options for the Future UK-EU Data Sharing Relationship”</a> a detailed paper looking into the options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship.</p> <p>With the UK becoming a ‘third country’ once it leaves the EU additional legal mechanisms will have to be put in place to enable cross-border data transfers. Post Brexit, a secure and robust legal mechanism to enable the lawful transfer of personal data across borders will be a fundamental enabler of the UK’s ability to trade not just with EU Member States but the rest of the world.</p> <p>However, time is not on our side. These will be complex discussions and the time for securing a deal to ensure that the free flow of data can continue unimpeded the moment the UK leaves the EU is limited. Both the UK government and the EU need to be ready to make swift progress once the second phase of the negotiations, on the future relationship between the UK and the EU begins. This paper seeks to assist these discussions by laying out some of the actions needed.</p> <p>There are three options for facilitating data flows between the UK and EU post-Brexit:</p> <p><strong>1. No deal – Companies in the UK and EU become reliant on burdensome, expensive and unstable legal mechanisms to transfer data, hindering their ability to trade.</strong> As the paper explains, this would be a terrible outcome for organisations of every size and sector, with incredibly burdensome requirements for businesses. Negotiations should seek to avoid such a situation if at all possible.</p> <p><strong>2. Bespoke Data Flows Agreement – A bespoke relationship, based on the principles of mutual adequacy and enhanced cooperation, could be negotiated, as has been suggested by the UK Government.</strong> This is an innovative approach and if achieved would secure the desired outcomes. However, it is not clear whether it is achievable or whether the EU would accept this approach.</p> <p><strong>3. Traditional Mutual Adequacy – The UK and EU could adopt mutual adequacy decisions, as set out in the incoming General Data Protection Regulation, which would ensure data can continue to flow as it does now.</strong> This process, whilst time consuming, is well-understood and utilises an already established process. It seems likely that this is where negotiations will end up. Both parties need to be prepared for this situation when talks begin.</p> <p>Whatever the process, the issues with negotiating mutual adequacy remain the same. There are lessons to be learned from when similar situations have occurred in other international agreements on data. For example, one crucial issue of which negotiators will need to be aware is the difficultly in discussing national security in the context of such discussions. However, experience with the EU-US Privacy Shield demonstrates that these discussions can happen in a constructive manner, and issues can be resolved. Given the limited time available, and depending on the process chosen, a transitional arrangement between the UK and EU is likely to be required in order to prevent any gap in data flow arrangements.</p> <p>Firm action and political good will is required on both sides to achieve the ultimate outcome of mutual adequacy. Among other things, the UK Government must consider concerns surrounding the Investigatory Powers Act, and the European Commission needs to acknowledge that domestic security is ultimately a concern for the EU27 as well. Additionally, both sides must put in place the considerable resources necessary to reach a solution in the timeframe available.</p> <p>As we make clear in this report this will not be a simple issue to resolve as part of the Brexit process. It will take time, flexibility and both sides to recognise the overwhelming mutual interest in an agreement. We therefore urge both the UK and the EU to begin discussions to guarantee data flows as soon as practicably possible.</p> <p>For more information on techUK's work on data flows and data protection please contact Jeremy Lilley. For more information on techUK's Brexit work please contact Giles Derrington.&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Presents White Paper on Distributed Ledger Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:09:29 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) 'Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.' <p><strong>techUK today publishes its thought-leadership paper on Distributed Ledger Technologies: '<em>Playing Catch-up, Incorporating Distributed Ledgers into the Technology Stack and Repurposing the Wider Ecosystem.</em>'</strong></p> <p>Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology have been seen as offering solutions to a myriad of problems. Sorting out the hype from the reality in real market applications is now the task for forward-thinking experts.</p> <p><strong>techUK’s new paper takes an in-depth look into the evolution of DLT and its potential applications. It asks what are the risks for companies in implementing it and what regulatory challenges the technology raises.</strong></p> <p>Rogder Oates, from Tata Consultancy, co-chair of the techUK Working Group on DLT and co-author of the paper comments, "<em>Every new technology is hyped, and DLT has had more than it's fair share, but it has the potential to be as disruptive as the internet, offering a secure transparent platform that will disrupt existing business models and create entirely new ones.</em>"</p> <p>Read the techUK White Paper for a deeper look at these complex issues. Our paper identifies a number of key points which now need to be addressed:</p> <p>• A new approach to technology neutrality, is there a role for the state to begin conversations around infrastructure?<br />• Regulators need to keep a watch for consumer outcomes in crypto-currency and crypto-fundraising markets as well as competition in markets where there is the presence of DLT consortia.<br />• Dept for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and the Information Commissioner's Office should look to future proof data protection regulations by assessing DLT through the principles of data protection.<br />• Regulators should lead on the development of DLT solutions to interface regulatory reporting systems.<br />• Regulators should engage in mutual learning and collaborate effectively where there is the intersection of regulated activities<br />• Continue experimentation and research into government use of DLT and how to ensure privacy and security.</p> techUK Publishes White Paper on Open Banking Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:40:33 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) techUK today publishes its White Paper, From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View. <p><strong>The techUK Open Banking White Paper examines the need for the UK to follow-up the impetus of Open Banking with a wider-ranging strategy to encompass the full range of financial services into a collaborative digital ecosystem.</strong></p> <p>Technology is the driving force behind all progression and innovation in financial services businesses. 'FinTech' and financial services are not separate sectors - the two are inter-dependent. The possibilities of tech require and allow changes in business models and regulation - so the policy direction of financial services must be led jointly by technology companies and incumbent banking/FS players.</p> <p>The UK's Open Banking work will set open standards for APIs, thus allowing access to non-bank providers to customer data (with consent) and widening competition in the payments market. With cross-sector backing, and strong governmental support, this can be the first step in truly innovative, joined-up financial services for UK consumers and SMEs.</p> <p>In <em>From Open Banking to Open Financial Services - The Long View</em>, techUK sets out six key recommendations for achieving this aim:</p> <ul> <li><strong>A long-term vision</strong>: The UK Government must come together with regulators and industry to formulate a long-term strategy for creating an innovative, diverse financial services sector based on open data. The current disparate initiatives should be brought together into a coherent strategy.</li> <li><strong>Digital ID:</strong> The key to a long-term connected sector is access for the customer through a single digital ID. This is required to minimise the burden of know-your-customer (KYC) and anti- money laundering rules (AML) on individual companies and to remove barriers to entry for new players.&nbsp;</li> <li><strong>Open and inclusive governance:</strong> Collaboration relies on trust which is engendered through working together. The long-term governance of Open Banking and future work on open financial services must be governed through principles of transparency and inclusion.</li> <li><strong>Collaboration to enhance competition</strong>: Traditional ideas of competition must be tempered to facilitate competition through collaboration. All industry sectors must work together to create a connected ecosystem in which all players can thrive – and end consumers and small businesses benefit.</li> <li><strong>Common open standards</strong>: All collaboration needs a common language to communicate. The interoperability of IT systems depends on common standards – nationally and internationally. We emphasise&nbsp;the need for the UK to work towards common standards.</li> <li><strong>Customer communication</strong>: Open Banking will only succeed if it is used by the customer. There is an urgent need for these new services to be communicated and explained to the public. Thought should be given to the mechanisms required to provide reassurance for consumers and small businesses.</li> </ul> The Connected Home: A View of the UK Market and Future Trends Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:42:07 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) techUK report identifies trends in that understanding and uptake of connected home technologies and services <p><a href="">techUK</a> has today launched its inaugural annual State of the Connected Home report, looking at current consumer understanding of the connected home market. Developed in partnership with market research firm, <a href="">GfK</a>, it explores the appeal and ownership of different categories of devices, and makes recommendations to encourage further adoption in the UK.</p> <p>Key findings within the report include:</p> <ul> <li>Awareness was high but in-depth knowledge was lacking – 77 per cent of respondents were ‘aware’ of the connected home, although only 10 per cent ‘knew a lot’ about it.</li> <li>The most appealing connected home categories were smart entertainment (45 per cent), smart energy (42 per cent) and home monitoring and control (39 per cent).</li> <li>Individual device ownership was high (80 per cent), however, many respondents did not own multiple devices as part of a connected home ecosystem (only 35 per cent owned more than three).</li> </ul> <p>Despite the proliferation of devices and awareness, there are several barriers preventing the seamless development of fully connected homes. These include:</p> <ul> <li>A lack of clarity on the most suitable business models for connected home services and technologies – 80 per cent of respondents expected to pay only once for a connected device with no further recurring costs.</li> <li>Concerns around price (39 per cent), privacy (22 per cent), interoperability (16 per cent) and security (15 per cent) were cited as barriers to choosing a connected home service or device.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</strong></p> <p>“Connected devices and services empower consumers by giving them more control over their daily lives than they have ever had before. Improved security, better remote health monitoring, greater energy efficiency and more personalised experiences within the home are just some areas where consumers can feel the benefits of a connected life.</p> <p>“There are, however, challenges in ensuring the widespread adoption of connected home devices and services, which we shouldn’t underestimate. This report shows we have some way to go to ensure that consumers embrace this technology as we overcome concerns around cost, privacy, security and interoperability.</p> <p>“Government, industry and consumer bodies must collaborate to address the concerns identified by addressing trust issues, communicating clearly to consumers and promoting the benefits that connected home tech will deliver.”</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>For media, please contact:</strong></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> Climate Change Minister Endorses techUK Report On Tech Led Decarbonisation Fri, 10 Nov 2017 08:00:00 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) With COP23 underway, a new techUK report outlines how tech can reduce carbon emissions across the UK economy <p>techUK has today released a new report, <a href="images/programmes/Technology%20-%20Enabling%20CO2%20reductions%20Final%20Digital%20Version.pdf">Technology - Enabling CO2 Reductions</a>, which explores how technology can drive positive change and meet future challenges in reducing CO2 emissions.</p> <p>Launched during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) this week, the paper outlines how the Clean Growth Strategy must work in tandem with the Industrial Strategy, the Digital Strategy and forthcoming 25-year Environment Plan to ensure technology is used to achieve the Government’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.</p> <p>In the paper, techUK covers:</p> <ul> <li>How digital technology can support the delivery of carbon savings in a variety of sectors, including energy, construction and agriculture</li> <li>The future opportunities for tech-led decarbonisation</li> <li>Recommendations on how to accelerate cost-effective deployment of tech solutions.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Commenting on the report, Julian David, CEO of techUK, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world-leading digital economy but, to continue its success, it must also be a sustainable one. In its recent Clean Growth Strategy, the Government rightly acknowledged the role of digital in supporting a smarter, more sustainable economy, and this report highlights key opportunities for decarbonisation.</p> <p>“Smart energy, connected homes, digital industries, and agritech are all segments where we can use digital tech to reduce carbon emissions and drive economic growth in parallel. The tech industry looks forward to working with Government to achieve both its ambitious carbon reduction targets and improve productivity.”</p> <p><strong>Claire Perry, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, said:</strong></p> <p>“The UK is a world leader in tackling climate change. Since 1990 we have cut our emissions by more than a third while growing the economy by more than two thirds – the best performance in the G7 on a per person basis.</p> <p>“As set out in the Clean Growth Strategy, the transition to a clean economy presents significant economic opportunities across the country. Innovation and technology are essential to growing the low carbon economy and are a key part of our modern Industrial Strategy.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> IoT is Here. Now we Need to Drive Adoption Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:06:30 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK paper outlines actions needed to accelerate IoT adoption. <p><img src="images/IoT_Asks.PNG" alt="IoT Asks" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>techUK has launched its new paper, Top Actions to Accelerate IoT Implementation, making a series of recommendations to both Government and industry to help drive the adoption of an increasingly mature technology to increase business productivity and improve the lives of citizens.</p> <p>The IoT market in the UK has made grown steadily over the past three years but it has not seen the explosion of devices, services and benefits that was predicted. <a href="">Trust issues</a>&nbsp;are still a barrier to adoption and more work is needed to demonstrate the business case for IoT. Large scale test demonstrators can help to remedy this but further action is needed to drive increased adoption throughout the public and private sectors. The report highlights four key areas of action:</p> <ul> <li>Government, in conjunction with industry, should strive to be more active in sponsoring and supporting proof of concepts, test beds, and demonstrators and market development activities.</li> <li>Government should leverage existing investment in innovative infrastructure, to maximise investment productivity and recognise the synergy benefits of funding that supports broader ecosystem and cross sector benefits.</li> <li>Public sector procurement should increasingly adopt challenge-based, outcome focused approaches to innovative technologies.</li> <li>Government, industry and financial markets need to work together to identify measures that will attract long-term investment for IoT infrastructure.</li> </ul> <h3>Julian David, CEO of techUK, commented on the report:</h3> <p>“Driving the adoption of the IoT in the UK is critical to improving productivity, supercharging the economy and creating a smarter state.</p> <p>“The Made Smarter Review published last week outlined that industrial IoT alone could boost the economy by £352bn by 2030[1]. IoT can deliver incredible benefits to the UK; done right, it can help enable better health services, cleaner and safer public spaces, more efficient infrastructure and generate more innovative businesses and business models. Yet these aren’t the only benefits. The IoT is estimated to be a global market worth up to $15 trillion in 2030[2] and boosting support for our domestic suppliers will allow them to take advantage of this incredible export market, driving more growth and investment into the UK.</p> <p>“The IoT market has not developed as quickly as we thought it would, but the benefits it could deliver are still real and very worthwhile. This report can act as a framework to drive greater adoption, bringing direct benefits to the UK and our involvement in the global market.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> REQUEST FOR INPUT | Building a Market for Energy Efficiency Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:17:15 +0100 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) REQUEST FOR INPUT | Building a Market for Energy Efficiency - Smart Energy and In-Home Tech Focus. <blockquote>As part of the Clean Growth Strategy, the UK government has opened a call for evidence on building a market for energy efficiency.</blockquote> <p>Comments are invited until 9th January. techUK will be submitting a response, working with colleagues in our Environment and Compliance Programme, and are looking to finalise our response ahead of the Christmas break.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>The paper</h2> <p>The document is <a href="">available here</a>.</p> <p>It invites views about the role of government in overcoming investment barriers and stimulating the market through direct interventions.</p> <p>The paper considers a range of options, barriers to growth and policy solutions - but these are not exhaustive and the call for evidence is really to test whether their assumptions and thoughts are in line with the views of industry.</p> <p>The government also stressed that while the focus is mainly on the owner occupied sector, many of the ideas could have impact across all tenure types and micro/small businesses, particularly those which are home based.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>techUK’s response</h2> <p>We want to highlight the role that digital technologies can play in delivering energy efficiency. Smart meters and smart home technologies, such as smart heating controls, are mentioned in the paper.</p> <p>We are seeking input from members on:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>What technologies can your company offer to support energy efficiency?</li> <li>What sort of savings can be achieved? Have you any case studies?</li> <li>How do you get your product in people’s homes? Do you have a view on when they are most likely to invest?</li> <li>In your view, what are the barriers to investment and market growth?</li> <li>Have you got any international examples of best practice of government intervention that you can share?</li> <li>Are you seeing success in other countries which isn’t being replicated here. Do you know why?</li> </ul> <p>There are a number of detailed questions relating to the proposed areas of government intervention. They include for example:</p> <h3>Fiscal levers, incentives and awareness</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>What fiscal lever do you think will drive the greatest consumer demand? Have you got evidence for a strong alternative?</li> <li>Can you foresee any barriers in implementing any of these interventions?</li> <li>What price signals would best drive uptake of energy efficiency measures?</li> <li>How could Government effectively deliver messages to promote energy efficiency through intermediaries? Who are important?</li> </ul> <h3>Enabling innovative energy efficiency products and services</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Do current regulations prevent innovative energy efficiency products and services coming to market?</li> <li>What changes should be made to the Energy Company Obligation to ensure that it supports the development of innovative energy products and&nbsp;services?</li> </ul> <h3>Data</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Are there other ways that Government could help improve access to data energy efficiency and performance for research purposes?</li> <li>What would be the impact on the market and investment in energy efficiency of the availability of better data on actual performance of homes?</li> </ul> <h3>Supply chain</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Is there anything the Government could do to support local retrofit supply chains?</li> </ul> <p>We would welcome written input to any of these questions by 15 November but will also be holding a workshop to gather member’s views in the morning of Monday 6 November. A diary invite will follow shortly. We will then prepare a submission and circulate a draft for comment before final submission.</p> <p>If you have any questions, please do get in touch.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> UK SPF Report: Flexible Spectrum Access Methods Thu, 19 Oct 2017 09:06:40 +0100 Skye MacLeod (techUK) This report for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, by Plum Consulting, considers flexible spectrum access methods for 5G systems and other scenarios. <blockquote><span style="color: #894d9e;"><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTU2NC11ay1zcGYtcmVwb3J0LWZsZXhpYmxlLXNwZWN0cnVtLWFjY2Vzcy1tZXRob2Rz" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/Plum_Consulting_-_Flexible_Spectrum_Access_Mechanisms.JPG" alt="Plum Consulting - Flexible Spectrum Access Mechanisms" width="250" style="float: right;" /></a>This report for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, by Plum Consulting, considers flexible spectrum access methods for 5G systems and other scenarios.</span></blockquote> <p>As the UK moves into a period of intensifying and diverse uses of connectivity - from broadband to smart city, intelligent transport, automotive, distributed manufacturing and medical applications – the availability of efficient access mechanisms for wireless connectivity (radio spectrum) are critical.</p> <p>Flexible access and spectrum sharing were key features of Government’s <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Strategy</a>, as potential enablers to enhance the value delivered to the UK from the use of radio spectrum. It was also part of Ofcom’s <a href="" target="_blank">spectrum management strategy</a>&nbsp;and <a href="" target="_blank">framework for spectrum sharing</a>. More recently these techniques have been discussed as a feature for access to spectrum for 5G systems.</p> <p>Plum Consulting’s approach to the study was to consider several scenarios. The scenarios are examples of possible spectrum requirements that could arise, which were divided into cellular (with emphasis on the initiatives within 5G), Wi-Fi and then all other areas. Some of the scenarios highlight specific issues such as in building access, which are likely to become more important looking forward. The analysis leads to several recommendations, which are put forward for consideration by the SPF Steering Board and will be <a href="" target="_blank">discussed at the 19 October SPF Plenary meeting</a>.</p> <p>This report builds on previous work in this area including two reports developed for the Spectrum Policy Forum on future use of <a href="insights/reports/item/5212-report-future-use-of-licence-exempt-radio-spectrum" target="_blank">licence exempt spectrum</a>&nbsp;and <a href="insights/reports/item/6068-report-licensed-shared-access" target="_blank">licensed shared access</a>. The work was commissioned through an <a href="" target="_blank">open tender process</a> according to the SPF procurement procedures and was developed through consultation with sector stakeholders.</p> <hr /> <p>Launched at the request of Government, the <a href="" target="_blank">UK Spectrum Policy Forum</a> (<a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SPF</a>) is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 150 member organisations. A <a href="" target="_blank">Steering Board</a> performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> BBC Publishes Complaints Framework following Consultation Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:11:43 +0100 Paul Hide (techUK) The BBC Complaints Framework sets out the detail for handling complaints relating to areas of BBC operations. <p>The BBC’s Royal Charter and the Agreement with the Secretary of State require the BBC to set and publish a framework for handling and resolving complaints, having first consulted Ofcom, the public and stakeholders. The published&nbsp;document sets out that framework. It explains what the BBC regards as being a complaint, states the principles which govern the handling of complaints, and lists the procedures which will apply to different kinds of complaint.</p> <p>techUK provided input on behalf of our device manufacturing members during the consultation process. techUK believe that the published frameworks is fit for purpose and provides&nbsp;stakeholders with a process through which to raise issues of commercial impact should the need ever arise. It should be noted that the need to start a formal complaint is very much seen as a last resort and that issues of potential conflict or disagreement should be managed in the first instance by bringing together the BBC and the stakeholders with a commercial interest for discussion on proposed solutions.</p> <p>Ofcom have the ultimate responsibility to regulate and rule on complaints. Ofcom will normally consider a complaint only of the complainent is not satisfied by the BBC's resolution of the complaint.</p> <p>Complaints are split into 5 areas:</p> <p>1. Editorial Complaints</p> <p>2. General Complaints</p> <p>3. Television Licensing Complaints</p> <p>4. Complaints abput party election or party political campaigns and broadcasts</p> <p>5. Regulatory Complaints</p> <p>techUK facilitates regular engagement with a breadth of BBC departments on behalf of members. For more information on techUK's work with the BBC and how to get involved contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>The link to the full BBC Complaints Framework documentation can be accessed below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BBC Complaints Framework and Procedures</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Check out techUK's Data Protection Bill Briefing Note Thu, 05 Oct 2017 13:16:31 +0100 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK has produced a briefing ahead of the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill, highlighting importance of GDPR and Data Flows agreement. <blockquote>Ahead of the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill in the House of Lords techUK has produced a briefing outlining the key elements of the Bill for the tech sector.</blockquote> <p>techUK wishes to see a narrow Bill with a clearly defined purpose which puts the UK is the best possible position to secure a data flows agreement with the EU. You can download our Briefing on the Data Protection Bill below.</p> <p>Key elements of techUK’s briefing include:</p> <ul> <li>The <strong>Data Protection Bill is welcomed by the tech sector</strong> as a way of ensuring the UK’s data protection laws are fit for the digital age. Ensuring that the public can trust their data is handled safely is important for everyone.</li> <li><strong>All major parties agreed to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) at the 2017 General Election.</strong> This <strong>Bill should have the narrow focus</strong> of legislating for GDPR derogations along with necessary legislation for data processing not covered by EU competencies.</li> <li>This Bill is <strong>time sensitive</strong>. It must be <strong>in place before May 2018</strong> in order to ensure that UK meets its obligation to implement GDPR. The<strong> Bill should be seen through the prism of Brexit</strong>, full implementation of GDPR is necessary to ensure that the UK is in the best possible position to secure a <strong>mutual adequacy agreement with the EU to allow the continued free flow of data post-Brexit</strong>.</li> <li>The <strong>Government is right to set the age of consent at 13</strong>. This will allow young people to reap the societal and educational benefits of online activity, as well as helping them to develop the digital skills which are now fundamental for young people to have. A higher age threshold risks excluding people from these tools. The policy goal of protecting young people’s data is accomplished through safeguards within the GDPR designed to prevent harm to young people, such as potential harm from automated decision making.</li> <li>The Data Protection Bill <strong>must allow data to be processed for research purposes</strong>, as currently allowed by the Data Protection Act 1998.</li> <li>The <strong>Information Commissioner’s Office must be well-resourced</strong> so it can effectively undertake the important work it has to do in developing compliance guidance for new data protection rules.</li> <li>A new criminal offence against re-identifying de-identified data <strong>should not prevent important security research</strong>, which would make systems less secure, not more.</li> <li>The Data Protection Bill must operate in conjunction with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. It is important that the right to protection of personal data under the European Charter of Fundamental Rights is protected in order to give the public the overall right to recourse over personal data protection.</li> </ul> <p>For more information relating to the Data Protection Bill, or techUK's work on Data Protection more widely please contact:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Consumer Electronics Council - Director's Report Thu, 28 Sep 2017 08:00:00 +0100 Khawaib Ahmed (techUK) A copy of the Director's Report from our CE Council meeting held on 28th September. <p>A copy&nbsp;of the 'Consumer Electronics Council - Director's Report - September 2017'</p> <p>techUK members can download the&nbsp;report by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom's Proposed Approach at 3.6-3.8 GHz Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:41:52 +0100 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Ofcom consulted on improving consumer access to mobile services at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz <blockquote>Ofcom's consultation focused on its proposed approach to incumbents and its assessment of costs and benefits at 3.6 GHz to 3.8 GHz.</blockquote> <p>This response was developed through techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Council</a>, and the&nbsp;<strong>FULL techUK response is available to download below (techUK member-only access).</strong></p> <p>In responding to the October 2016 consultation, where Ofcom proposed choosing between 2 extreme options,&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">techUK argued for a middle ground where mobile operators would be required to coordinate their deployments</a> (which we expected to be overwhelmingly micro cells) in 3.6-3.8 GHz with incumbents, which we would expect to provide limited constraint on 5G deployment for several years from bringing the spectrum into use for mobile. Where mobile operators believe their planned deployment may be constrained by incumbent use, they would be free to contribute towards the cost of the incumbents’ mitigation where necessary to optimise their deployment, with Ofcom providing backstop regulation to ensure that incumbents don’t abuse their position in respect of the mitigation demanded of new mobile operators.</p> <hr /> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p> techUK Responds to Ofcom's Call for Input on 5G Spectrum Access at 26 GHz Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:00:00 +0100 Skye MacLeod (techUK) techUK supports Ofcom’s prioritisation of 5G related services in the 26 GHz band, with continued access for satellite services <blockquote>techUK responded to Ofcom's Call for Inputs on making spectrum in the 26 GHz band available for 5G wireless networks, which also set out Ofcom's current thinking on which other bands will be prioritised for 5G.</blockquote> <p>techUK supports Ofcom’s prioritisation of the 24.25-27.5 GHz (26 GHz) band in relation to millimetre wave spectrum for 5G, its intent to support international harmonisation in the band for such services, and its timely availability for use in the UK. We note that equipment is already being standardised, chipsets are foreseen in 2018/ 19, with equipment availability anticipated by 2020 to enable services thereafter.</p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11046-spf-report-authorising-26ghz-and-or-other-millimetre-wavebands-for-5g-use" target="_blank">techUK is supportive of the work of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) on 5G spectrum and in relation to the 26GHz band endorses the views of the SPF</a>. In particular the desirability of avoiding any unnecessary complexity and including availability of national licences to facilitate investment in networks at scale.</p> <p>In addition to the 26 GHz, compatibility and sharing studies with other systems in the following bands, identified by WRC-15 for future wireless broadband usage (including 5G), will be considered at the European level:</p> <ul> <li>31.8-33.4 GHz</li> <li>37-43.5 GHz</li> <li>45.5-50.2 GHz</li> <li>50.4-52.6 GHz</li> <li>66-76 GHz</li> <li>81-86 GHz</li> </ul> <p>The current usage of these bands and initial prioritisation for study were the subject of a recent ECC PT1 questionnaire.</p> <p>Satellite focussed techUK members while supportive of 5G related services in the 26 GHz band believe however that there should be continued access for satellite services (FSS + EESS). As discussed below, given that 5G coverage in the band is unlikely to be contiguous across the country this should be practicable.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>The FULL techUK response is available to download below (techUK member-only access)</strong></p> <hr /> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Response to House of Lords AI Inquiry Thu, 21 Sep 2017 08:15:26 +0100 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK responds to new House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Select Committee Inquiry <blockquote>Following the creation of the House of Lords Artifical Intelligence Select Committee, techUK provided a submission to the committee as part of its first inquiry.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>The Committee's first inquiry was entitled 'What are the implications of artifical intelligence?' and techUK, in association with members, submitted a response. Members can download the response below.&nbsp;</p> <p>Key points of techUK's submission included:</p> <p>- <strong>Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a significant driver of change across the UK economy and society</strong>. Used well AI is a power for good offering important social and economic gains to the UK – AI can boost productivity, economic growth and, if implemented and shaped correctly, personal and societal wellbeing.</p> <p>- <strong>The UK has a position of strength in AI</strong> due to a combination of factors. Including a strong digital ecosystem, a vibrant and competitive AI industry and world leading university and business R&amp;D.</p> <p>- <strong>AI is already enabling digital transformation</strong> across sectors and industries including financial services, healthcare, transport, manufacturing and is a key driver in enabling digital entrepreneurialism. We are however only at the beginning of the development and adoption of AI technologies and more needs to be done to encourage investment and adoption.</p> <p>- <strong>We must build consensus and greater confidence</strong> on what the UK’s AI driven future could look like and how we get there. This is an area where Government, industry and others must work together.</p> <p>- <strong>We must also be vigilant to public concerns</strong> that must be recognised and addressed. These include the impact on jobs, the privacy and security of data, whether AI systems are biased and profound social and ethics questions about the implications of a data driven future.</p> <p>For more information about techUK's work on AI please contact Sue Daley</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Silver Linings: The Implications of Brexit on the UK Data Centre Sector: UPDATE Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:49:31 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) In this update we re-evaluate the balance of risk and opportunity in the light of UK government decisions in the Brexit policy agenda. <blockquote>This document provides an addendum to our 2016 report “Silver Linings: the Implications of Brexit for the UK Data Centre Sector” and should be read in conjunction with it.</blockquote> <p>In that initial report we outlined the opportunities and challenges that Brexit presents to the sector and identified the actions that we thought necessary to protect our sector and the wider digital economy that it supports and enables.</p> <p>In this update we re-evaluate the balance of risk and opportunity in the light of UK government decisions and other developments in the Brexit policy agenda during the intervening months.</p> <p>We revisit the same policy areas we looked at before: data flows, trade, skills, energy costs, inward investment and environmental regulation and take the view that while there have been some minor adjustments, our initial appraisal of the balance of risks and opportunities is largely unchanged.</p> <p>What is clear is that uncertainty regarding the arrangements governing our departure is still of concern across most areas, although we are beginning to see more clarity regarding the Government’s intentions in critical areas like data flows.</p> Climate Change Agreement for Data Centres Thu, 14 Sep 2017 14:44:20 +0100 Lucas Banach (techUK) Report on sector progress against second target. <p>This is our third report on the Climate Change Agreement (CCA) for data centres. It should be read in conjunction with our previous reports: Our first report explained how the CCA works, how many operators and facilities accessed the scheme at the first opportunity, how they coped with the registration process and what we learned. Our second report reviewed the performance of the sector against its first milestone. It explained how and why targets are set and that the sector was successful in meeting the requirements of its first target by a comfortable margin. It also commented on the impact of the scheme on energy stewardship and the effectiveness of the CCA as a policy tool.</p> <p>This third report reviews sector performance against our more ambitious second milestone. While the sector as a whole passed its target the picture was more mixed for individual operators. The reasons for this are discussed. We then look ahead at the future of the CCA scheme and whether the current approach will meet the needs of this rapidly growing sector. We also consider the wider policy agenda relating to the future of carbon taxation and energy efficiency, including the impacts of Brexit and the scope for a new reporting framework to replace the duplication and complexity that business currently has to wrestle with.</p> Ofcom Consult on Recovering Postal Regulation and Consumer Advocacy Costs Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:51:58 +0100 Paul Hide (techUK) techUK's Postal Services Group are to review and respond to this consultation. <p>In summary the consultation proposes the following changes:<br />1) Ofcom propose to amend the Statement of Charging Principles so that: turnover derived from services provided under a mandated access agreement, bulk mail services and single piece end-to-end letters services is considered as relevant turnover for the purposes of recovering administrative charges; and the threshold for payment of an administrative charge is reduced from turnover of £10 million to relevant turnover (i.e. turnover from services set out in paragraph of £5 million.<br />2) Ofcom propose to amend the relevant consumer protection condition so that the costs of the Consumer Advocacy Bodies are recovered from the same group of postal operators that pay an administrative charge to Ofcom, except where those costs relate to the provision of a public consumer advice scheme via a caller helpline. Such costs will continue to be collected from those postal operators who are the subject of enquiries which generate these costs, subject to a minimum threshold.</p> <p>Full details of the consultation are available via the link below:<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Ofcom Consultation Documents</a></p> <p>For more information on the techUK Postal Services Group and to get involved contact:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Paul Hide</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0100 Skye MacLeod (techUK) Transforming the UK’s communications infrastructure to ensure every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy for everyone <blockquote><span style="color: #06a86b;">techUK's report <strong>From Good to Great: Digital Connectivity for a World Class Economy</strong>, sets out techUK's vision to transform the UK’s communications infrastructure to ensure every British business can become a digital business and create an open digital economy that works for everyone.</span></blockquote> <p><a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTIwMi1mcm9tLWdvb2QtdG8tZ3JlYXQtZGlnaXRhbC1jb25uZWN0aXZpdHktZm9yLWEtd29ybGQtY2xhc3MtZWNvbm9teQ==" target="_blank" title="techUK Report - From Good to Great Connectivity"><img src="images/assets/Good_to_Great_Connectivity_-_Front_Cover.JPG" alt="Good to Great Connectivity - Front Cover" width="242" height="341" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" /></a></p> <p>Recent reports have highlighted world-leading communications infrastructure as a vital criteria of the attractiveness of countries to do business with and invest in. As the UK begins the process of leaving the EU, developing new trading relationships with Europe and across the world will be vital to ensuring the UK remains an excellent place to establish and grow a business and achieve this Government’s vision of a Global Britain. Delivering world class connectivity must underpin these ambitions.</p> <p>While the UK currently has a good standard of digital infrastructure, it can transition from good to great connectivity through investment and collaboration between industry, local and central Government and the regulator.</p> <p><strong><em>World class connectivity is the ability for citizens, consumers and businesses to&nbsp;reliably and securely access a full range of digital services at a cost they can afford,&nbsp;both now and in the foreseeable future.</em></strong></p> <p>In order to achieve this, the below five recommendations need to be addressed to&nbsp;ensure that the UK can make the leap from good to great connectivity:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Sustainable Investment</strong><br />Sustainable investment and innovation in digital connectivity must be at the&nbsp;heart of central and local government&nbsp;decision-making to ensure coherence of&nbsp;the digital connectivity policies and to&nbsp;tackle obstacles to deployment. This is&nbsp;central to driving investment in digital&nbsp;infrastructure and innovative digital&nbsp;services, and ensuring the public sector is&nbsp;at the forefront of their adoption.</li> <li><strong>Greater Collaboration</strong><br />To facilitate greater collaboration, early&nbsp;identification and engagement across&nbsp;the ecosystem is essential. Framework&nbsp;agreements should be utilised to create&nbsp;conducive environments to manage&nbsp;commercially sensitive issues and&nbsp;promote trust. Where public sector&nbsp;agencies have a central role, Government&nbsp;must provide active leadership to promote&nbsp;collaboration.</li> <li><strong>Supportive Regulation</strong><br />The UK must have a regulatory&nbsp;environment that encourages innovation&nbsp;and the early adoption of digital products&nbsp;and services, requiring Ofcom’s statutory&nbsp;duties be amended to reflect the need for&nbsp;investment.</li> <li><strong>Spectrum Leadership</strong><br />Government and Regulator need to ensure&nbsp;spectrum is made available, in terms&nbsp;of flexibility and volume, to innovative&nbsp;applications. Agile implementation of&nbsp;spectrum approaches will enable the&nbsp;UK to retain its role as an international&nbsp;spectrum leader.</li> <li><strong>International Recognition</strong><br />Government must ensure that:<br />· &nbsp;Digital communications companies in the&nbsp;UK are able to both viably participate&nbsp;in strategic European and international&nbsp;technology services development&nbsp;and influence international standards&nbsp;developments.<br />· &nbsp;Cross-border certifications and licenses&nbsp;granted in the UK must continue to be&nbsp;recognised internationally.</li> </ol> <h2 style="text-align: center;">The full report is available to download below</h2> <p>&nbsp;<a href=";Itemid=181&amp;return=aHR0cDovL3d3dy50ZWNodWsub3JnL2luc2lnaHRzL3JlcG9ydHMvaXRlbS8xMTIwMi1mcm9tLWdvb2QtdG8tZ3JlYXQtZGlnaXRhbC1jb25uZWN0aXZpdHktZm9yLWEtd29ybGQtY2xhc3MtZWNvbm9teQ==" target="_blank"><img src="images/assets/How_to_ensure_the_UK_can_make_the_jump_to_great_digital_connectivity.jpg" alt="How to ensure the UK can make the jump to great digital connectivity" width="454" height="645" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>More information is available on techUK's <a href="" target="_blank">Communications Infrastructure Programme</a>:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> PSF Consults on 'Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments' Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:32:20 +0100 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Consultation open on Payments Strategy Forum Blueprint for UK Payments <p>The Payment Strategy Forum has released its <strong><a href="">Blueprint for the Future of UK Payments</a></strong>, which builds on its <a href="">November 2016 Strategy</a>.&nbsp;The document is open for consultation to 22 September 2017.</p> <p><strong>techUK intends to submit a response and welcomes all your thoughts/comments. Please send to <a href=""></a></strong><strong>.</strong></p> <p>The consultation sets out detailed propsals on:</p> <ul style="list-style-type: square;"> <li>Design and implementation of the New Payments Architecture, which takes a&nbsp;layered approach, with a ‘thin’ collaborative infrastructure to enable competition and innovation. It involves: <ul> <li>a single set of standards and rules with strong central governance</li> <li>adoption of ISO 20022</li> <li>security and resilience, with financial stability a key principle</li> <li>the use of ‘push payments’ to enable simplicity and increase customer control.</li> <li>flexibility built into the design&nbsp;</li> </ul> </li> <li>The New Payment System Operator (NPSO) which brings together Bacs Payment Schemes Limited (BPSL), Cheque and Credit Clearing Company Limited (C&amp;CCCL) and Faster Payments Scheme Limited (FPSL).</li> <li>minimum set of requirements and rules for the new End-User Needs (EUN) solutionss: ‘Request to Pay’, ‘Assurance Data’ and ‘Enhanced Data’.</li> <li>Cost Benefit Analysis and the commercial approach and economic models.</li> </ul> <p>The Forum is hosting a Consultation Briefing Session on 5 September 2017 - <a href="">click here</a> for further details.</p> Download techUK’s Response to the FCA’s DLT Discussion Paper Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:36:19 +0100 Khawaib Ahmed (techUK) The FCA continues its ‘wait-and-see’ approach before considering changes to its framework <p>In April 2017, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) <a href="">initiated a market dialogue</a> focused on the risks and opportunities associated with the transformational potential of Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) in financial services and its compatibility with existing regulatory frameworks.</p> <p>The FCA continues its ‘wait-and-see’ approach before considering changes to its framework. It will instead explore emerging business models and continue to help innovators test-bed solutions in its regulatory sandbox.</p> <p>With a voluntary standards process underway via ISO and increasing regulatory accommodation, end-users will be more accepting of the increasing trust that DLT affords, allowing benefits around efficiency, transparency and provenance to be fully realised. This much is very encouraging for UK DLT and cements the UK’s position as a global fintech hub with a forward-looking regulatory regime. techUK welcomed the opportunity therefore to respond to the FCA’s discussion paper.</p> <p>techUK convened a roundtable with members and FCA officials in the run up to submission. The response makes points around:</p> <ul> <li>Until guidance emerges, regulation on a case-by-case basis, facilitated when appropriate by the industry sandbox, is the right approach in order to remove barriers to innovation</li> <li>The meaning of technology neutrality to maintain competition &amp; innovation whilst also ensuring the resilience of systems in future</li> <li>The need for regulatory cooperation spurred by the emerging intersect between consumer facing products within the remit of the FCA and other regulated activities</li> <li>Experimentation on the creation of a regulatory node for live DLT reporting</li> <li>Discussion on consumer protection in response to frothy crypto-currency markets and the emergence of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs)</li> </ul> <p>Members can download techUK’s response below in addition to the FCA’s discussion paper. The deadline for submissions is 17 July. techUK’s DLT Group will explore issues around the resilience of DLT systems and the need for regulatory cooperation in Q3 and Q4.</p>