techUK Insights RSS Feed - techUK RSS feed for insights content. en Copyright (C) 2015 BEIS Launch Office for Product Safety and Standards Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:40:25 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) BEIS has launched a new Office for Product Safety and Standards dealing with product recall and market surveillance.. <p>BEIS <a href="">has published its long awaited response into the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety</a> by announcing a new regulator called “the Office for Product Safety and Standards”. The aim of the office is to “further enhance the UK’s world-leading product safety system and give consumers the highest ever levels of protection.” It will co-ordinate work with local authorities and Trading Standards where action is needed on a national scale and support market surveillance activities at the border.</p> <p>There has been significant pressure on improving product safety and we’re glad BEIS have finally come forward with their plans. The Faulds-Wood review, the BSI led PAS 7100 on product recall and a lot of parliamentary activity (including the recently announced APPG inquiry) show how important this is to stakeholders and it is vital we get this right.</p> <p>In its response BEIS agree Trading Standards need more support (especially with Brexit on the horizon) and wants to encourage product registration, highlighting that point of sale/retail is the most obvious place to capture data., but are also looking at options for acquiring data from banks and insurance companies to drive recall.</p> <p>In practical terms, the new office is a re-alignment of existing resources with a new national remit, but the role of this office will change. BEIS says it will “examine the options for making the Office for Product Safety and Standards an arm's length independent body and to look at associated funding options” which will be subject to consultation. techUK be working with members to respond to the consultation once it is published.</p> <p>On the issue of product marking, for the purposes of identification after a fire, the Government has commissioned research on new marking schemes for product safety. This new marking is preferred to be digital, but we would oppose any new marking schemes as the CE mark is already in place and gets updated through standards and we should seek to maintain this after we leave the EU.</p> <p>The initial recommendations (bold) and the BEIS responses to them are detailed below:</p> <ul> <li><strong>There is a need to consolidate guidance on product corrective actions and recalls.</strong> BEIS agrees and highlights the completed PAS 7100 (which techUK contributed to).</li> <li><strong>A hub to co-ordinate product safety corrective actions at a central level.</strong> BEIS fully supports this and the new office will establish an incident management capability and maintain a database of corrective actions and recall programmes.</li> <li><strong>Capture and share data and intelligence.</strong> BEIS supports this and research is underway to understand where the data lies and how it can be used to develop insights, as well as work with industry to understand future risks.</li> <li><strong>Develop technological solutions to product marking and identification.</strong> BEIS thinks industry could do more on digital identification and marking and the new office will identify the costs and benefits of marking for product safety.</li> <li><strong>Primary Authority relationships should be encouraged.</strong> BEIS supports primary authorities and believe it is one way it has helped ease the burden of regulatory compliance. The new office will work more closely with Pas and have a more official role as a ‘Supporting Regulator’.</li> <li><strong>Encourage more registration of appliances and other consumer goods.</strong> BEIS believes consumers should be encouraged and states take up is far too low. Research is being commissioned and BEIS says specifically more could be done at the point of sale to encourage registration.</li> <li><strong>A multi-stakeholder expert panel should be established.</strong> BEIS agrees and will widen the expert group and set up a new technical and scientific panel overseen by the Chief Scientific Advisor.</li> </ul> Superstar Start-ups/SMEs wanted! CityVerve’s Open Innovation Challenge Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:33:00 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) CityVerve Manchester has today announced its Open Innovation Challenge to revolutionise Manchester. <blockquote>CityVerve Manchester, in conjunction with Cisco, has announced the ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ to make Manchester a city of the future using IoT technology.</blockquote> <p>In a move that is highly demonstrative of a programme&nbsp;<strong>determined to instigate change and deliver results</strong>, <a href="">CityVerve</a>&nbsp;has opened applications to its <a href="">Open Innovation Challenge</a>,&nbsp;seeking start-ups and SMEs that are developing ideas and solutions that could “revolutionise Manchester”.</p> <p>The challenge is seeks solutions under three key themes:</p> <ul> <li>Energy and Environment</li> <li>Health and Social Care&nbsp;</li> <li>Travel and Transport</li> </ul> <p>However, if your “data-driven or smart solutions” don’t quite fit into these three themes, then you can still enter as a ‘Wildcard’. CityVerve’s openness to out-of-the-box thinking, and the solutions it can provide, has not only created a supportive environment for innovators, but has set a high standard in terms of its approach to achieving smart city objectives in a way that matches the pace of innovation in the sector.&nbsp;</p> <p>Eight “superstar” applicants will be chosen to take part in a highly collaborative “<strong>eight-week, world-class acceleration programme</strong>”, working with a consortium of the country’s leading innovators. Key benefits of the programme will include:</p> <p><img src="images/assets/benefits.png" alt="benefits" width="1214" height="758" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Applications will <strong>close on 14 February 2018</strong> and the programme will begin 19 March 2018.</p> <p>techUK is highly impressed by CityVerve's inclusive approach to deliver more to the citizens of Manchester, and look forward to seeing the results.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/cityverve.png" alt="cityverve" width="735" height="420" /></p> SNOMED CT in Primary Care - Implementation Update Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:12:59 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An update from NHS Digital on the SNOMED CT Implementation across general practice <p>In order to minimise disruption at year-end, SNOMED CT will be deployed in phases across general practice from April 2018. The introduction of SNOMED CT, which replaces Read/CTV 3 Codes, is being co-ordinated in primary care by NHS Digital, working closely with clinical system suppliers to support a smooth transition. The first phase of deployment will start with approximately 20 pilot sites, including all of the principal clinical supplier systems, after year-end business activities are completed. GP Clinical system suppliers will inform GP practices of their deployment plans. For further information on progress, <a href="" target="_blank">visit the NHS Digital website.</a></p> NHS Digital and techUK to Create Urgent and Emergency Care Forum Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:03:10 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) NHS Digital and techUK are co-creating a new forum focusing on the digitisation of Urgent and Emergency Care. <p>NHS Digital and techUK are co-creating a new forum focusing on the digitisation of Urgent and Emergency Care.</p> <p>The forum will allow suppliers and NHS Digital to exchange expertise and information on the digitisation of the sector.</p> <p>The group is seeking to establish terms of reference and hold a first online meeting in February.</p> <p>Suppliers interested in becoming founding members should contact <a href=""></a></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> Safer Internet Day 2018 Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:50:04 +0000 Claire Leslie (techUK) Safer Internet Day is celebrated each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. <blockquote>Create, Connect and Share Respect | A better internet starts with you</blockquote> <p><img src="images/SID2018_logo_resized_for_web.jpg" alt="SID2018 logo resized for web" style="margin: 3px; float: left;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;"></span><span style="font-size: 16px;">Safer Internet Day 2018 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 06 February 2018 with the slogan “Create, Connect and Share Respect: A better internet starts with you”.</span></p> <p>Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation.</p> <p>Coordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre the celebration sees hundreds of organisations get involved to help promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.</p> <p>Here at techUK we will be featuring the wide-ranging work of our members who are championing child online safety. This will be done through a series of guest blogs and features.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Find out more</a> | <a href="" target="_blank">@UK_SIC</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Ian Bell Appointed CEO of Police ICT Company Mon, 22 Jan 2018 11:37:54 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) Ian Bell was announced as the new CEO at the Police ICT Summit last week. Industry applauds his appointment and wishes him luck. <h3>The Director of National Enabling Programmes has been appointed as the CEO of the Police ICT Company for 2 years, starting in February 2018.</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>At the recent Police ICT Summit it was announced that Ian Bell, CIO of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police forces and the Programme Director for the National Enabling Programmes, will become the <a href="" target="_blank">new CEO of the Police ICT Company</a>. He will be taking up a two year secondment with the Company, starting in February 2018.&nbsp;Ian replaces Acting CEO Robert Leach, who took over from former CEO Martin Wyke in April 2017.</p> <p>Ian is also Vice Chair of the National Police Technology Council, and Patron of techUK's Justice and Emergency Services Committee. Ian said: “I’m delighted to take up this opportunity to lead the Police ICT Company, for and on behalf of UK police forces, together with its national partners. It’s a great start to 2018 knowing that I will play a key role in enabling the Company to become a crucial and critical friend to our police forces, driving innovative new technology that will lead to positive change, including greater efficiencies, within police ICT.”</p> <p>Henry Rex, techUK's Programme Manager for Justice &amp; Emergency Services, said of the announcement:</p> <p>"<em>On behalf of all techUK members, I'd like to congratulate Ian Bell, and the Police ICT Company Board, on this appointment. Ian has a very impressive track record and is widely respected among Police forces and suppliers alike. As the recent Police ICT Summit demonstrated, the Police ICT Company, the Enabling Programmes, and the NPTC have become increasingly aligned over the past year, and this appointment marks the next logical on that journey. This is a very smart appointment as the Police ICT Company enters a defining year.</em></p> <p><em>techUK looks forward to continuing our close working with Ian and the Police ICT Company over the course of the coming year, and wishes Ian all the very best in his new role.</em></p> <p><em>I would also like to express sincere thanks to Robert Leach for his willingness to engage with suppliers during his tenure as Acting CEO. Over the last 10 months Robert's impressive efforts have significantly raised the profile of the Company among the tech community, and his reassuring leadership and his openness was appreciated by all. He has our thanks and best wishes for the future.</em>"</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Cast Your Vote in the Annual Television and Radio Club Awards Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:38:06 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) For the first time ever TRIC offers the industry the opportunity to cast your vote, selecting your favourite TV & Radio shows and personalities. <p>This year’s Awards marks 49 years of the TRIC Awards.</p> <p>We are delighted to invite you to vote by completing the voting form via the link below, please select one option from each category. You will have until the end of the month to make your vote count. Please remember that voting will be live for 10 days only, the final day is Wednesday, January 31. To avoid missing out, spend five minutes now to submit your vote.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Vote in the TRIC Awards</a></p> <p>We value your contribution. The 49th TRIC Awards ceremony will be held at The Grosvernor House on Tuesday 13th March.</p> <p>To find out more about booking a table to see your favourite TV &amp; Radio shows and stars collect their prestigious TRIC Award please contact the TRIC organising committee via the address below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">TRIC Events</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: IoT, Smart Meters and GDPR Mon, 22 Jan 2018 10:16:36 +0000 Talal Rajab (techUK) This guest blog explores the data privacy and security challenges that face the smart meter roll-out <p>The Internet of Things (IoT) is growing at a rapid pace and we are seeing its reach becoming increasingly diverse, crossing multiple functions and sectors. Be it for personal wellness, smart energy, smart cities or smart mobility, IoT applications continue to emerge and change the way we live and interact with our surroundings. A natural consequence of this is an increase in the amount of data being collected. Personal, location and health data are all used to personalise a customers’ experience and, in some cases, to ensure that IoT devices function correctly.</p> <p>The IoT in a nutshell, is an eco-system of connected devices which collects data about an end user and makes it available to a service provider. To enable this exchange of data, the end user needs to be identified and linked whilst interacting with various interfaces and devices. The IoT potentially increases the threat surface of a network and therefore can pose serious risks to an individual’s privacy. If the data is exposed over the course of these exchanges it can allow unauthorised parties to create a profile of an individual(s) which can be used for marketing or criminal activities. Steps are being taken to ensure there are best practices in place to tighten security and the EU’s Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is likely to help govern the risks around the IoT, a much welcomed piece of legislation.</p> <p>Smart meters provide a great case study to highlight some of these potential risks. By 2020 they are to be installed in the homes of energy consumers nationwide and their key feature is that they provide data via remote communications. Unlike the days of ‘Dumb Meters’, where readings were carried out by a physical inspection of the meter, ideally on a quarterly basis, readings can now be carried out remotely, in near real time. Whilst making the domestic energy market more user friendly and reducing the reliance on estimated billing, the regular transmission of user data can reveal very sensitive information about people’s habits and usages.</p> <p>The risks created by this infrastructure go way beyond criminals simply obtaining usage data to see whether families are at home or away. Information regarding usage can determine when people are asleep, when they’re awake, whether they use TV, how often they do their laundry and even down to whether anyone suffers from insomnia or whether people sleep in the same room when connected with other devices. There is more – analysis of our patterns of usage can be very useful for other purposes such as marketing and advertising. For example, usage information could be used to understand when, and how, we are using products, allowing for more targeted marketing campaigns.</p> <p>It is clear that legislation is needed and the GDPR is very welcome. In brief, the GDPR creates principles around data processing (articles 5 and 24) and sets out new data protection standards which will be very relevant to the IoT. These include data protection impact assessments, algorithmic transparency, automated decision making, privacy by design and by default, informed consent, notification duties, and profiling. Whilst exact details are still to be decided it will help to govern risks and create a privacy framework around the use of IoT (including smart meters).</p> <p>If we refer back to the idea of smart meters, the principles mentioned above would mean strengthening the privacy requirements around the smart metering network. One of the larger benefits which it would enable however, is that (as the GDPR is rights based) it will equip users with the necessary tools to manage their data and put them in control.</p> <p>Users will have clear information related to the sharing of their data on request. Users would also be able to exercise their rights of access, rectification and erasure. These rights foster the implementation of the GDPR’s guiding principle of transparency. Smart meters providers will have to adopt a user-centric access approach, and the GDPR requirement of privacy by design will make sure that this approach is embedded at the onset, and no longer an after-thought.</p> <p>Ultimately, processing data in a way that complies with a data subject’s rights and expectations will enhance user trust, and the GDPR is a welcome piece of legislation which will enhance data subject rights. Companies, including those in the energy sector, which will adapt to the new requirements and implement the right solutions, will ultimately edge their competitors and build stronger and longer lasting relationship with their customer base.</p> <p><em>Ivana Bartoletti,&nbsp;Principal Privacy and Data Protection Consultant at Gemserv</em></p> e-Health Industry Sector Mission to Australia, 10-13 April 2018 Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:40:35 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Hosted visit to Brisbane and City of Gold Cost, Queensland as part of Trade 2018 - Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program <h3>Expression of Interest</h3> <p><strong>Hosted visit to Brisbane and City of Gold Coast, Queensland</strong></p> <p><strong>Trade 2018 – Commonwealth Games Trade and Investment Program</strong></p> <p>Trade and Investment Queensland, TIQ, is organising an e-health industry sector mission to Australia to participate in a business engagement program involving many of Queensland’s leading health sector research and development organisations and agencies.</p> <p>As part of Trade 2018, the Queensland Government has developed a program showcasing expertise in the health and knowledge sectors.</p> <p>The mission is being coordinated and supported by TIQ, the State’s primary trade and investment promotion agency and the City of Gold Coast, host to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.</p> <p><strong>Program highlights include:</strong></p> <ul> <li>Information session with Queensland Health, including a site visit to Australia’s first large-scale public digital hospital, the Princess Alexandra, Brisbane</li> <li>Targeted business matching with Queensland companies</li> <li>Tours of research and development precincts</li> <li>Witnessing the Games in action</li> </ul> <p>The UK Department for International Trade in Australia, Emile Brys (<a href=""></a>) will also be happy to support any companies interested in the trade mission.</p> <p>Visiting delates can also attend The Commonwealth Innovation Forum, 5-6 April 2018 which might appeal to startups - <a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Download the full brochure below for additional information</p> Apparent Breakthrough in Commission Talks to Include Data Flows in Trade Deals Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:07:54 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) Reports suggest that the European Commission will seek to include new language on data flows in future trade deals. <p>It <a href="" target="_blank">has been reported</a> that the European Commission has agreed language that would allow data flows to be added to future trade agreements.</p> <p>There has been a long running tension within the Commission about the place for data flows within trade discussions, spurred by increasing recognition that data flows underpin trade in global digital economies. Recent trade deals have unsuccessfully sought to include agreements on data, including in the EU - Japan deal.</p> <p>Efforts have stalled due to differences of opinion between two key Commission departments, Trade and Justice. Advocates have argued that allowing data to flow freely between states will boost the amount of trade. Others are concerned that trade deals must not put Europe’s strong data protection rules at risk, with European residents’ data being transferred to countries with different data protection laws.</p> <p>The ability of data to be transferred between countries is increasingly seen as necessary for seamless trade given the amount of data involved in delivering goods and, particularly, services around the globe. Evidence by McKinsey suggests data flows make up approximately 3% of global GDP, but that this will rise rapidly as more industries digitise. The impact of this issue doesn’t just affect the tech sector, but every industry from financial services to automotive.</p> <p>Up until now data can only flow freely from the EU to third countries if the third country has received an adequacy decision from the EU, or individual companies put in place specific safeguards for European data. The adequacy process has always sat outside any discussions around free trade agreements.</p> <p>The breaking of the deadlock in the Commission suggests that future trade deals will enable data to flow, without the need for those additional safeguards to ensure high standards of data protection are met. However, it is not yet clear exactly what has been agreed within the Commission, with the text being presented to MEPs national representatives soon.</p> <p>This significant development will be of interest to UK businesses given the need for data to be able to flow freely between the UK and the EU post-Brexit. The risk to the legal framework for data flows is one of the key threats facing the tech sector as a result of Brexit, but the ramifications of not agreeing a deal on data would go much further than just the tech sector.</p> <p>As techUK outlined in its recent report, <a href="" target="_blank">‘No Interruptions: Options for the future UK-EU data sharing relationship’</a>, along with UK Finance, the UK and EU must ensure that the free flow of data between the UK and EU is not disrupted. Data is global and knows no borders. Data flows underpin modern digital economies and societies. techUK has called on the UK and EU to agree mutual adequacy decisions as soon as possible to ensure unhindered data flows can continue. This is just as important for the EU27 as it is for the UK given data flows are two-way.</p> <p>The inclusion of data transfer agreements in EU trade deals could theoretically provide a basis for the future of the UK and EU’s data sharing relationship. However, it is not yet clear what is in the Commission’s text on data flows and whether the other EU institutions will find agreement within the limited time available for Brexit talks. This remains a highly political issue and techUK is clear that the continued free flow of data between the UK and EU is too important for politics and cannot be traded away as a result of difficult negotiations.</p> <p>Only time will tell if the Commission’s proposed text on data flows will actually lead to comprehensive trade deals containing provisions on data, and the detail will be very important. The text, when published, will provide an interesting insight into current EU thinking on how to balance different interests in trade deals, specifically the desire to increase EU trade while maintaining the EU’s commitment to a high standard of data protection. Even if the UK and EU do not use this new method to maintain data flows, the text is likely to highlight some of the key issues currently at play when developing data flows agreements, which will be relevant to any future UK-EU relationship. techUK will therefore continue to monitor developments carefully.</p> New UK France Digital Conference to Deepen Collaboration in Digital Economy Fri, 19 Jan 2018 15:00:59 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) New conference announced by DCMS hopes to deepen collaboration across the digital sector. <h3>Today, techUK, Atos and Sage showed their public support for a new digital conference, announced today <a href="">by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport</a> during the UK-France Summit being held as part of President Macron’s visit to the UK.</h3> <p>This new digital conference aims to help both countries seize the economic and social benefits of fast-developing tech such as AI, and will bring together experts on data, cyber security, digital government and digital skills to share their knowledge.</p> <p>The Rt. Hon Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport who will lead the conference from a UK government perspective said that “Both countries benefit when our digital economies are strong and the event will deepen our bonds and foster cross-Channel collaboration between those at the forefront of modern technology.”</p> <p>Adding to this Adrian Gregory, CEO of Atos UK&amp;I, highlighted what the conference meant for a French company working extensively in the UK market:</p> <p>“As a company that is proud of its European heritage, Atos welcomes the closer collaboration of British and French technologists.</p> <p>“And as a global digital leader with a long and rich association with the UK and with ten thousand UK-based people focused on transforming our customers’ business through the best use of digital technology across the private and public sectors, we strongly believe in the mutual benefits that a closer working relationship will bring, particularly in the areas of AI, cyber security and data analytics, to forward-thinking organisations in both countries together with consumers. This will only serve to also strengthen the economies of both countries.”</p> <p>Stephen Kelly, CEO, Sage, also weighed in with his take on the importance of greater collaboration saying:</p> <p>“We welcome this deeper collaboration between two leading tech nations, France and the UK. For today’s digital entrepreneurs the world has no borders, only opportunities to grow their business.</p> <p>We have much to learn from each other as we bring advanced technologies like AI and collective intelligence into the everyday lives of small and growing businesses to improve productivity and growth.”</p> <p>techUK has already been deeply involved in cross-border work with France, particularly around AI with Sue Daley providing an overview of the UK’s AI strengths and current deployment and uses of AI at the first Franco-British AI Conference held at the Alan Turing Institute on Tuesday. Building on this she will also be moderating a panel at an AI event held at the British embassy in Paris on 13 February which will explore the challenges, benefits and opportunities for UK and France in AI and will seek to answer questions around: how AI is being used to improve productivity and reduce costs in the private and public sector? What technology to support AI?</p> <p>It is major questions like these that require collaborative platforms such as the one announced today and Julian David, CEO of techUK had this to add:</p> <p>“This event is a significant step towards greater collaboration between the British and French tech sectors. Both countries share similar opportunities and challenges as we build our leading digital economies through technologies like artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and cyber security.</p> <p>International platforms for collaboration, such as the one announced by Matt Hancock today, provide valuable cross-border perspectives on many of the social, legal and ethical questions that will be raised as we continue to innovate.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Will Open Banking Invite the Fraudsters in? Thu, 18 Jan 2018 17:03:44 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Open Banking is a great step forward, not a security gamble. <p>Ask&nbsp; the question above of anyone who understands and appreciates Open Banking and their answer would be ‘no’. Yet in recent days, some press articles have raised fears that the most sensitive of data people have – their financial information – will be put at unnecessary risk through Open Banking. techUK wants to set the record straight – such messages produce unnecessary concern, are misleading and could undermine this exciting project.</p> <p>The ethos behind Open Banking and the PSD2 (the underlying legislation) is to increase the ways customers can make the most of their finances – give them more information and more possibilities to enable them to use their money better. In short, provide benefits. But using or not using these services is up to the customer. Open Banking and PSD2 will widen customer choice and that choice is based on detailed consent. No new provider will be able to get access to customer data without their say-so.</p> <p>As explained in a <a href="insights/news/item/12101-open-banking-opening-doors-for-your-finances">recent post</a>, ‘Open Banking’ in the UK puts into place the infrastructure and the rules needed to enable new types of financial service to work. Many of these types of service have been around for years – account aggregation, comparison services – but Open Banking creates a more secure and wider way for them to operate. It does this by:</p> <ul> <li>requiring them to be registered with the FCA;</li> <li>enabling them to operate on secure APIs;</li> <li>allowing them to tailor their service to the individual by basing it on a customer’s real-time current account data.</li> </ul> <p>Open Banking and PSD2 together are innovations that will bring benefits to all users of financial services while putting security at its heart. techUK strongly believes this.</p> <p><strong>And Open Banking is only the first step</strong></p> <p>As we set out in our recent paper<em> <a href="insights/reports/item/11745-techuk-publishes-white-paper-on-open-banking">From Open Banking to Open Financial Services – the Long View</a></em>, PSD2 can be the catalyst for a digitalised financial services eco-system that can fully exploit the potential of tech to improve people’s lives.</p> <p>Change can of course be unsettling, even frightening. But the only way to make things better is to change existing systems. Open Banking will not happen overnight: it is still work in progress and has a long way to go to reach its best.</p> <p>But PSD2 opens doors to changes which can vastly improve our ability to make the most of our finances. Read our <a href="insights/reports/item/11745-techuk-publishes-white-paper-on-open-banking">White Paper</a> for more information on the steps needed to get there.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Home Office Publishes “Understanding the Costs of Cyber-Crime” Report Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:52:10 +0000 Talal Rajab (techUK) The report outlines the development of a governmental framework for estimating the costs of cyber-crimes to the UK <p>The Home Office today published the findings that came out of the ‘Costs of Cyber Crime Working Group’ that ran from 2014-2016. The group, attended by techUK, was composed following a commitment in the 2013 Serious and Organised Crime Strategy that aimed to improve the quality of data that is used when estimating the cost of cyber-crime incidents.</p> <p>The report is intended to help take the research community closer towards achieving better estimates of the costs of cyber-crime as part of future studies.</p> <p>The report sets out the framework that will now be used for estimating costs and also makes a number of recommendations on the design of future research into the costs of cyber-crime, including:</p> <p>- Calling for researchers designing future costs of cyber-crime to approach their research design in a systematic fashion using the framework in the report; identify gaps in the costs of cyber-crime framework and tailor research questions so that they can fill these specific gaps</p> <p>- That future studies should further investigate the costs and profits to offenders of engaging in cyber-crime</p> <p>- That future studies investigate the financial impact of cyberattacks on a businesses’ reputation</p> <p>- That future research consider how to estimate the monetary cost of the fear of cyber crime</p> <p>To read the full report, please click the link below</p> <p><a href="images/understanding-costs-of-cyber-crime-horr96.pdf" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text">Contact: <a href=""></a></span></a></p> Digital Infrastructure Plan Announced for Liverpool City Region Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:58:50 +0000 Georgina Maratheftis(techUK) A specialist consortium has been appointed to deliver Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK <p>This week, on 15 January 2018, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority announced the appointment of a specialist consortium to deliver an action plan detailing how to achieve Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s pledge to make the city region the most digitally connected in the UK.</p> <p>The Digital Infrastructure Plan will map the city region’s existing infrastructure assets, identify opportunities to best use those assets and suggest potential operating models for the city region’s digital infrastructure. The plan will also set out specific actions to maximise the city region’s digital connectivity and drive economic growth.</p> <p>The project will be managed by the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on behalf of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.</p> <p>techUK’s <a href="insights/reports/item/10665-digital-devolution">Digital Devolution: A Guide for Metro Mayors</a> set’s out a number of recommendations for the new metro mayors to engender change and build capacity across the eco-system of the place to create a truly digital city region. A key part of this is having in place the right digital connectivity and infrastructure in place to maximising regional growth, rebalancing the economy and driving public service reform.</p> <p>To realsie the successful deployment of denser fibre and mobile 5G communications will require a shared understanding and close collaboration between local authorities and industry to a degree much higher than ever before. As such, techUK has undertaken work and delivered a number of <a href="">sessions to bring together local authorities and industry</a> how best to utilise and deploy infrastructure. The sessions were a welcome opportunity to bring together key stakeholder in one room to have a genuine two-way conversations on the key challenges and opportunities in deployment, and is a key area of focus for us in 2018. If you would like to learn more about this or get involved please get in contact with either <a href="">Georgina Maratheftis </a>or <a href="">Skye MacLeod.</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Central Government Council Elections Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:37:20 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) Are you an industry leader in the central government space? We want to hear from you! <p>Nominations are now open for six techUK members to join the Central Government Council (CGC). The CGC provides strategic leadership to techUK's <a href="">central government programme</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;brings together senior public sector leaders from tech companies large and small - all engaged in digital transformation within central Government.</p> <p>The overall aims of the CGC are to:</p> <p>• Ensure techUK continues to deliver a vibrant engagement programme with central Government departments</p> <p>• Promote better engagement between the tech sector and Government to support civil servants earlier in the procurement process</p> <p>• Provide leadership and support on techUK’s campaigns and projects to reform public sector procurement</p> <p>• Promote and evangelise the transformative role tech can play in public services</p> <p>To apply,&nbsp; read through the Terms of Reference (ToR) and complete the nomination form and return to Rob Driver by 5pm Wednesday 31 January. Please note, members must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in the CGC activities as set out in the ToR before a nomination form is accepted.</p> <p>• <strong>15 January</strong> – Nominations open for new Council members</p> <p>• <strong>31 January</strong> – Nominations close at 17:00</p> <p>• <strong>1 February</strong> - Elections open (if we receive more nominations than places)</p> <p>• <strong>5 February</strong> – Elections close at 17:00</p> <p>• <strong>6 February</strong> – New Council members announced</p> <p>If you have any questions about the process or the central government programme, please do get in touch.</p> WFE Calls for Global Standards for FinTech Mon, 15 Jan 2018 15:33:32 +0000 Melanie Worthy(techUK) World Federation of Exchanges call for FinTech global standards. <p>The World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses, set up a FinTech group in 2017 to address the transformative effects of technology on the trading lifecycle. Driving this change are artificial intelligence (including machine learning and big data analytics, etc.), mobile applications, cloud computing and distributed ledger technologies (DLT). This group has now published its first position&nbsp;paper <em><a href="">Fintech in the Market Infrastructure Space&nbsp;</a></em>calling for the introduction of regulatory standards for the FinTech industry.</p> <p>Increasingly, the FinTech sector is seeing the introduction of a whole array of standards by supervisory authorities and industry bodies covering regulatory and governance frameworks, technical specifications and operational and market practices to oversee and manage the impact and pace of financial technological innovation.</p> <p>The WFE paper sets out seven principles which should be incorporated in FinTech standards:</p> <p><br /><strong>WFE seven principles</strong></p> <p><br /><strong>1</strong>. In general, innovation should be market driven and not be constrained unnecessarily by regulation.</p> <p><strong>2</strong>. Legislation, rules and practices should only be adopted if strictly required, the scope of existing regulations should be broadly sufficient to extend to many or most potential FinTech initiatives.</p> <p><strong>3</strong>. Any regulatory approach should encourage innovation whilst ensuring investor protection and system stability.</p> <p><strong>4</strong>. The underlying principles of outsourcing remain sound and appropriate and so regulated entities use of new FinTech applications and solutions should be treated consistently with the outsourcing of any other function in the absence of any additional regulatory impact, notwithstanding jurisdiction issues in relation to the cloud and the appropriateness burden for cloud service providers.</p> <p><strong>5</strong>. There should be open, regular and proactive dialogue between regulators and the market for authorities to understand the technology which underpins FinTech applications and ensure the existence of an appropriate regulatory framework.</p> <p><strong>6</strong>. FinTech is innately international with global applications and users: regulatory principles and/or guidelines should therefore be developed at the global level to reflect the increasingly global nature of markets; and</p> <p><strong>7</strong>. There should be consistency in the application of rules to both incumbents and new FinTech entrants in the interests of maintaining the integrity, stability and fairness of the system. (A lack of awareness of the regulatory environment by previously unregulated entities may result in negative consequences for investor protection and orderly markets).</p> <p>WFE urge authorities to work proactively and collaboratively with industry and cite the success of regulatory sandboxes and innovation hubs here.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Click for more information on techUK's ongoing areas of work in its&nbsp;<a href="">financial services &amp; payments</a> programme.</p> Justice & Emergency Services Update Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:52:53 +0000 Seema Patel(techUK) Justice & Emergency Services fortnightly update of news and opportunities. <blockquote>Happy New Year! Here is 2018's first fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme.</blockquote> <p>On 7 February techUK is <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">teaming up with Policing Insight</a> run an event exploring the results of their recent survey on provision of ICT to the police. The survey covered frontline staff from every UK Force, and the panel shall discuss what insights for suppliers the findings reveal. The panel consists of a very strong line up of speakers who can between them give a 360-degree view of the police ICT market. <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Book your place now!</a></p> <p>The following week Mike Barton, Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations, is <a href="events/briefing/item/11752-digital-policing-briefing-with-chief-constable-mike-barton?;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">coming to techUK to brief members</a> on his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for policing tech.</p> <p>And nominations are <strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">still open</a></strong> for techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services Management Committee. Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets. <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Find out more and nominate yourself for a place!</a></p> <hr /> <blockquote>News, Views and Opportunities</blockquote> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Nominations OPEN for techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services Committee</a></strong><br />Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets. There are 12 seats on the Committee, including the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair.<br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">To find out more and to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Police Tech: End User Perspectives</a></strong><br />7 February - Policing Insight has recently conducted a survey of police officers from all UK forces, assessing their views on the provision of ICT to the police. This event shall explore the results of the survey, and discuss what insights for suppliers the findings reveal.<br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Sign up here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton</a></strong><br />14 February - Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations. He and his team are coming to techUK to brief members on his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.<br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Book now.</a></p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Police ICT Summit 2018: Delivering the Future</a></strong><br />Registration is now open for the third Police ICT Summit, which is again being hosted, jointly, by the Police ICT Company and the National Police Technology Council.<br /><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Find out more and book your place here.</a></p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Mission Critical Technologies</a></strong><br />13-14 June - Mission Critical Technologies is a conference <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">dedicated to next generation public safety technologies</a>. Bringing together a host of forward thinking technology providers, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge technologies to the International PPDR community.</p> <hr /> <blockquote>More techUK News &amp; Comment</blockquote> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Home Office Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre - Jan Update</a></strong><br />The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">This week's update, the first of 2018</a>, provides an overview of one of their recent projects, the Innovation Call.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Briefing with Action Fraud and the National Crime Agency</a></strong><br />5 Feb - This briefing, jointly delivered by Action Fraud and the National Cyber Crime Unit within the NCA, will highlight the partnerships that Action Fraud and the NCCU have developed to <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">help companies report cyber crime incident</a>s.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Higher Education Tech Market: Future Trends, Opportunities and Challenges</a></strong><br />5 Feb - techUK members can hear from leading experts from the EdTech world on what they see as the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r+jLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil/+vWuy/8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph+5xN/78WtLAuMe3upnGf/DQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs=">future trends and opportunities</a>&nbsp;facing higher education and the role tech will play.</p> <p><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector</a></strong><br />In November 2017 techUK ran an Innovation Den focussing on innovative products or services that can support the delivery of excellent customer services. <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+15+January+2018&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2015%20January%202018&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=GnH2fb5Heyecku0r%2bjLSuBX8IqI5KjUqBT6TOil%2f%2bvWuy%2f8GoZuZrA8xKRQTHs5TAsAaNP6rNIa8iBs4MmNFnfmKaR1FP6KYbph%2b5xN%2f78WtLAuMe3upnGf%2fDQoerLhB1ppW9wVAbegGstLcA3WOcsXvAecX28NczfiknPGjSBs%3d">Read more about it</a>.</p> GDPR for Data Centres Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:34:10 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Data centre operators confused about GDPR can use this decision tree to help them understand their obligations. <p>The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most fundamental change to our data protection laws in over 20 years and, unsurprisingly, it continues to be on everyone’s mind as we move into 2018 and towards 25 May when it comes into effect.</p> <p>Now the most pressing concern is to ensure that we as individual operators, and as a sector at large, understand the implications of GDPR and comply with its legislative requirements. However, there is still confusion among data centre operators who struggle to understand whether and how it applies to them. While pretty much all companies are data controllers of some kind, not all are data processors for third parties, so it was important to clarify the types of operations deemed to be data processing and where they occur in the data centre service stack.</p> <p>We have therefore produced this Decision Tree on GDPR for Data Centres that helps them navigate through the definitions and obligations and understand how they are likely to apply.&nbsp; Members can download the document below.&nbsp;</p> Meet the Public Sector tech Innovator Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:26:14 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) techUK catches up with Carlos Oliveira CEO & Founder of Shaping Cloud <p><img src="images/assets/Carlos_Picture_1.jpg" alt="Carlos Picture 1" width="2857" height="2317" /></p> <p><em><strong>As part of the Public Sector Innovation Den programme, we undertake regular profiles of innovative techUK members working in the GovTech space. This month we catch up with Carlos Oliveira CEO &amp; Founder of Shaping Cloud</strong></em></p> <p><strong>Tell us about Shaping Cloud and the work you do in the public sector</strong></p> <p>Shaping Cloud are one of the UK's leading public sector cloud experts. We specialise in working with public sector organisations to unlock the potential for cloud solutions and platforms to accelerate their path to digital transformation and find new ways of working. Based on our years of experience in the sector we have spent the past 18 months developing our own hybrid integration platform – SPINR.</p> <p>We now live in a digital platform economy, citizen expectations have shifted from passive, when they would expect to interact with the public sector via letter or in person, to empowered, where they expect to be able to choose how they transact.</p> <p>The vast majority of the public sector is still reliant on line of business systems that weren’t built with web and mobile in mind. This creates process inefficiency when trying to build new digital services as the data remains locked within the individual systems of record. It also means that the same data about the same citizen will exist across many of these applications.</p> <p>SPINR connects these applications and their underlying data together, enabling public sector organisations to create their own modern API platform upon which new digital services and streamlined processes can be built.</p> <p><strong>What does innovation in the public sector mean to you?</strong></p> <p>Innovation in the public sector should all be directly attributable to improving citizen outcomes whilst reducing the cost and time required to deliver those outcomes. New technology solutions such as IoT, chatbots, machine learning and AI have a great deal of potential to transform the sector but two things really need to happen before that potential can be unlocked.</p> <p>Firstly, software vendors need to be able to tie those technologies directly to outcomes and efficiencies so that the business case for transformation is clear. Secondly, the sector needs to start offering a standardised and common way for software vendors to deploy their innovative solutions in a plug and play manner.</p> <p>If, for example every council in the UK adopted a common API standard for each of their key services, this would mean that a software vendor could build their solution once and then sell that across the entire market without the need to manage a complex and time consuming process of system integration. By lowering the barriers to entry and opening up the market, the sector will then see the kind of explosion in innovation and start-ups that we have seen over the past 5-8 years in the commercial sector.</p> <p><strong>What was your key pitch to the public sector GovTech leaders at the Innovation Den?</strong></p> <p>The public sector has to stop solving the same problems in isolation and an API-first approach is the best way to begin creating the common interfaces and service descriptions that will allow innovation to take hold and flourish.</p> <p>SPINR is currently running an early adopter programme and we are actively looking for partners for whom we will deploy the platform as part of a free of charge pilot. If any organisations are interested in being part of the programme please get in touch.</p> <p><em>Are you interested in pitching to public sector tech leaders at our next Innovation Den? If so, get in touch!</em></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> Open Banking – Opening Doors for Your Finances Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:59:17 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Head of Financial Services and Payments, Ruth Milligan runs through the landmark legislation launching on 13 January. <h3>On 13 January, new legislation will pave the way for a great increase of choice in the way individuals and SMEs can manage their finances.</h3> <p>The <a href="">Payments Services Directive 2 (PSD2)</a> and Open Banking, will come into effect, heralding a major shift in the way banking operates, from a system of stand-alone banks, providing a specific range of products to an eco-system where many players collaborate to offer a much wider range of services.</p> <p>PSD 2 states that banks must allow customers to decide which other companies, known as ‘third party providers’, can have access to the data held in their current accounts, according to the services they want to use. So it will be account users who will own and manage their own payment information, rather than the bank. There will be two types of service: payment initiation and account information.</p> <p>In the UK, ‘Open Banking’ will provide the rules and the platform to make sure that the banks and the third parties (i.e. other banks, technology companies, or fintechs) can communicate easily and securely with each other. The communication under Open Banking will be done via APIs and will be highly secure. In addition, under the new legislation, TPPs will all have to be authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority, which will ensure they are legitimate, well-run companies.</p> <h3>What will this allow customers to do?</h3> <p>PSD2 will give customers the option to share their current account data and access services from other providers which suit them better.</p> <p>Just some of types of service on offer will be:</p> <ul> <li>Easier access to credit for individuals and SMEs.</li> <li>Access to cheaper overdraft services.</li> <li>Budgeting apps, which track spending and suggest ways to save.</li> <li>Automatic savings systems which move unused balances to interest-bearing accounts or regular savings products.</li> <li>Comparison services for loans, mortgages, and insurance targeted to individual circumstances.</li> <li>Dashboard type aggregation services allowing customers to see all their different bank accounts in one place.</li> <li>Ways to make payments directly from your bank account and not through a credit card.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color: #414042; font-size: 20px; -webkit-text-stroke: 0.6px;">What is Open Banking?</span></p> <p><a href="">Open Banking</a> is a platform and a set of standards put in place by the nine big UK banks following an order by the Competition and Markets Authority. It is the technical infrastructure by which TPPs and banks communicate with each other. A TPP wishing to use the system will register with Open Banking and can then, through a set of standardised APIs, communicate with all the nine big UK banks, initially. All other banks may join this system if they decide to do so. It is therefore the technical underpinning which will allow the PSD2 rules to work in the UK.</p> <p>As well as the technical interface among the providers, Open Banking has created detailed rules on what the system will look like from the point of view of the customer - for example, rules on what information the customer has to be given when they consent to allow a TPP to access their data.</p> <h3>What will happen on 13 January?</h3> <p>The changes made possible by PSD2 and Open Banking will take time to appear. Initially, the technical structure will have to be tested and verified to make sure it all works seamlessly and it will take time for new TPPs to ‘plug in’ to the system and to get their product offerings up and running.</p> <p>It is then up to the customers! Each TPP will be putting their own service onto the market and promoting it. Customers will decide, according to the benefits they get, which services to use.</p> <h3>Is my data at risk?</h3> <p>Numerous present-day business models rely on the free access to customer data. PSD2 and Open Banking are different in that they give bank account users full control over what data to share and for what purpose.</p> <p>Further rules will also increase the emphasis on security (financial data is the most sensitive data people have) and cyber technologies are becoming more and more sophisticated to cope with fraud risks. The General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in May 2018, will also force companies to improve data security.</p> <p>techUK sees Open Banking as a great start towards a fully open, digital eco-system covering all financial services. Open, inclusive and transparent governance will be key and we ask Government to help build a long-term strategy to make this happen.”</p> Guest Blog: BinaryBots to Bring British Ed-tech Stateside Fri, 12 Jan 2018 16:17:50 +0000 Alice Jackson(techUK) techUK CES 2018: BinaryBots is looking to break into the American market with its toys to teach youngsters to code <p>Yorkshire-based&nbsp;<a href="">BinaryBots</a> (developed by CBIS) will be making its debut at CES 2018 as it launches its mission to help American children develop their coding and robotics skills using the innovative pocket-sized computer, BBC micro:bit.</p> <p>The toys have been well received in Great Britain following the surge in popularity of coding and digital creativity in the wake of the BBC micro:bit launch in 2016. One million devices were distributed free of charge to British school children and this led to a huge growth in the number of children learning to code.</p> <p>The BBC micro:bit launched in America in 2017 and now BinaryBots is bringing its expertise to the US market to help children discover more about coding and robotics through play.</p> <h3>Chris Burgess, Founder and Managing Director of BinaryBots, said:</h3> <p>“Code is now the world’s language and it is vital that children develop essential STEM skills for the future. Engaging with electronics in this exciting way at a young age really helps to motivate youngsters and develop their interest. We have seen great success in the British market with this offering, and we are all looking forward to our first appearance at CES 2018, and to meet customers in the US market to further share our knowledge and expertise.”</p> <p>Find Binary Bots at <strong>Stand 51916, Eureka Park</strong></p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a><a href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Product Recall Inquiry Launched by APPG on Electrical Safety Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:08:11 +0000 Craig Melson(techUK) A group of MPs has launched an inquiry into product recall - techUK will be hosting a call for members on Thursday 18 Jan. <p>The Home Electrical Safety All Party Parliamentary Group has launched a new inquiry into product recall and electrical product safety.</p> <p>The inquiry comes at a time of increased focus on product safety following the tragic events at Grenfell. While the UK has a leading product safety regime, but campaigners point to flaws in the system such as an under-resourced enforcement.</p> <p>Whilst a steering group was established in the wake of the <a href="insights/news/item/7657-bis-to-explore-new-centre-of-excellence-on-product-recall">Lynn Faulds Woods review</a>, the only visible output has been the development of a <a href="">new standard on product recall</a>. The APPG’s inquiry, supported by NGO Electrical Safety First, wants to ‘help provide potential workable solutions’ for product safety.</p> <p>techUK is seeking views from members on the following questions by Wednesday 14 February:</p> <ul> <li>Product Recall. Given the recent assessments of the problems affecting consumer product recall, such as the Lynn Faulds-Wood review and Working Group report, do you agree that insufficient progress has been made, and what steps would provide effective and achievable remedies?</li> <li>General Electrical Product Safety. Besides product recall, what do you consider to be the most significant risks to consumers posed by domestic electrical products, and how could these most effectively be mitigated?</li> <li>Brexit and Product Safety impacts: After Britain leaves the EU, what challenges and opportunities do you envisage for providing a product safety system that will protect consumers. What needs to be protected in terms of electrical safety and what must the UK Government need to improve in terms of legislation after the UK leaves the EU?</li> </ul> <p>techUK will be coordinating an industry response. Please get in touch if you wish to contribute.</p> “Partnership will be Pivotal” - Automotive Sector Deal Confirmed Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:11:05 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Greg Clark announced the First Automotive Sector Deal this week. <blockquote>New Automotive Sector Deal puts wheels in motion for UK as the destination to research and test CAVs.</blockquote> <p>On Wednesday 10 January, Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark announced the first Sector Deal between the Government and automotive industry. The “landmark” deal, which will support the growing collaborative relationship between industry and government, aims to build upon the UK’s “rich history of scientific discovery” and existing strengths in the automotive sector by providing and securing funding and R&amp;D commitments.</p> <p>techUK is excited by Wednesday’s announcement as it reflects a sense of determination towards delivering on the Government’s ambition to develop the UK into the world leader in the testing and research of CAVs.</p> <p>Commitments regarding CAVs and technologies include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Low-carbon automotive technologies:</strong> £500 million investment through the Advanced Propulsion Centre over 10 years to research, develop and industrialise new low-carbon automotive technologies. Industry will provide matched funding for collaborative R&amp;D projects.</li> <li><strong>Automotive research and development:</strong> Government to invest up to £225 million from 2023-2026 to support R&amp;D. Industry to match.</li> <li><strong>Connected autonomous vehicle technology:</strong> Government investment to position UK as a global leader in CAVs development and deployment: <ul style="list-style-type: circle;"> <li>£150 million for collaborative R&amp;D projects</li> <li>£100 million for CAV testing infrastructure</li> <li>£15 million simulation and modelling R&amp;D competition launching on 16 January</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>techUK understands that this is an important first step in the Government’s journey to shift the development of ‘Future of Mobility’ into gear, spurring “transformations which will forever change how people live, work and travel.” Infrastructure related developments, which have been allocated funding in the partnership, will require careful attention to ensure it is supportive of long term competitive capability and will support technological design of the future not thought of today.</p> <p><strong>Matthew Evans, Executive Director for techUK’s Internet of Things and Smart Infrastructure Programmes, said:</strong></p> <p><em>“The Sector Deal is certainly a positive step towards the end goal as it demonstrates a commitment to industry and the UK that we are on the road to becoming one of the global destinations for researching and testing CAVs. However, the full benefits of this partnership will only be realised through meaningful development of key infrastructure and capabilities such as the <a href="">digital design and testing space</a>&nbsp;that techUK members have called for. These will support the establishment of a world-leading testing environment capable of simulating real-world conditions, particularly relating to security, safety, and efficiency."</em></p> <p><a href="">The Industrial Strategy Automotive Sector Deal is accessible here.</a></p> techUK Responds to HMG’s 25 Year Environment Plan Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:40:39 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Susanne Baker, Head of Programme for Environment and Compliance, comments on the new plan for the UK’s environment. <p>Commenting on Theresa May’s environment speech, Susanne Baker, head of environment and compliance at techUK commented:</p> <p><em>Technology has a huge role to play in helping to achieve the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan, with the opportunity for “Green Tech” to make both significant economic as well as environmental contributions. Over the coming months we will initiate a report exploring exactly how technologies can help deliver the aims of the 25 Year Environment Plan and the Clean Growth Strategy.</em></p> <p><em>Specifically on waste and resources, there is a welcome focus on the role of Producer Responsibility Systems and the better utilisation of resources from waste, an area of policy which the tech sector has been positively engaged with now for over a decade. We applaud the ambition to publish a new UK Waste and Resources Strategy in 2018 and we look forward to contributing to DEFRA’s work on the Strategy.</em></p> <p><em>The use of chemicals is also important to our sector and we see the commitment to publish an overarching chemicals strategy to set out the UK’s approach on leaving the EU as highly important, both in terms of maintaining environmental protection and avoiding unnecessary duplication of effort for industry.</em></p> Inspiring Tomorrow's World Fri, 12 Jan 2018 11:38:02 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Finalists announced for the 2018 FDM everywoman in technology awards, supported by techUK. <blockquote>The finalists in the eighth annual FDM everywoman in Technology Awards - celebrating the brightest individuals changing the face of technology in the UK and beyond – are announced today.</blockquote> <p>This year’s theme “Inspiring Tomorrow’s World” highlights the importance of encouraging women to study STEM subjects from a young age and motivating them to pursue fulfilling, long-term careers in tech.</p> <p>Three brand new categories were introduced for 2018, the International Inspiration Award, awarded to an individual based outside the UK;the Apprentice Award, awarded to a young game-changer excelling in her early career; and the Male Agent of Change Award, awarded to a man for his active commitment to advancing the progress of women working in technology, meaning this year’s finalists represent a broader range of talent than ever before from across the globe.&nbsp;</p> <p>The 39 finalists were handpicked from a record breaking number of entries by a panel of the UK’s most senior technology leaders and include highly skilled software engineers breaking glass ceilings at large global companies, innovative tech entrepreneurs reshaping the future and female students dedicated to increasing STEM engagement at their schools.</p> <p>The number of women working in the technology sector currently remains low at just 16%*. A <a href="">recent study</a> conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers preventing women entering the industry were a shortfall in support for female progression in the workplace and a lack of female role models.** This is why everywoman is dedicated to attracting, engaging, retaining and advancing women by spotlighting strong female role models and offering companies globally access to invaluable development resources to ensure a gender-balanced pipeline of talent.</p> <p>The 2018 winners will be announced on 8 February 2018 at The London Hilton on Park Lane. The ceremony will be preceded by the <a href="">everywoman in Tech Forum: Energising Tomorrow’s World</a>, a one-day event that will welcome over 600 international delegates and an impressive line-up of speakers including Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values. Tickets can be purchased <a href="">here</a>.</p> <p><strong>The finalists for 2018 FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are:</strong></p> <p><strong>Academic Award</strong> – sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group - awarded to a woman in academia who has made an outstanding contribution to technology and science and whose work has made or has the potential to make a significant long-term impact in STEM.</p> <p><strong>The One to Watch Award</strong> – sponsored by Computacenter - awarded to a girl aged 11-18 who is actively encouraging girls to study STEM subjects at school-level.</p> <p><strong>The Apprentice Award *New for 2018*</strong> - sponsored by Bank of America Merrill Lynch - awarded to a young woman apprentice who is a game-changer and is excelling in her early career.</p> <p><strong>Rising Star Award</strong>- sponsored by T-Systems - awarded to a woman aged under 26 who is excelling in her technology career, making a valuable contribution to her organisation.</p> <p><strong>Digital Star Award</strong> - sponsored by CGI - awarded to a woman who is excelling in a digital role. This could include innovative digital content, social media, web development or developing online solutions.</p> <p><strong>Software Engineer Award</strong> – sponsored by RBS - awarded to a woman who has made a significant difference to the art of software engineering and has built something new, shifted the art of the possible and is moving the profession forward.</p> <p><strong>Team Leader Award</strong> - sponsored by American Express - awarded to a woman whose team leadership has greatly contributed to the organisation’s success and is leading a team of up to 100 employees.</p> <p><strong>Start-up Founder Award</strong>- awarded to the most inspirational female founder of a start-up business (under 24 months old).</p> <p><strong>Entrepreneur Award</strong> - awarded to an owner/operator of a technology business whose vision and talent will inspire others to start their own technology related venture (over 24 months old)</p> <p><strong>Innovator Award</strong> - sponsored by Equiniti - awarded to a woman designing, developing, researching, implementing or being exceptionally creative with technology in an unconventional and innovative way.</p> <p><strong>Leader Award</strong> - sponsored by BP - awarded to the woman operating in a senior technology role within her organisation, leading over 100 employees and making a contribution to the strategic direction of the business.</p> <p><strong>Male Agent of Change Award *New for 2018*</strong> - sponsored by VMware - awarded to a male agent of change for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.</p> <p><strong>International Inspiration Award *New for 2018*</strong> - sponsored by Aviva - awarded to an individual based outside of the UK, male or female, for their active commitment to encouraging, advancing, sponsoring or championing the progress of women working in technology.</p> <p><strong>Maxine Benson MBE, co-founder of everywoman comments</strong>: “This year’s finalists are, without a doubt, some of the brightest role models working within the technology industry and an inspiration to its future leaders. From the UK and beyond, they are reshaping the tech landscape, while simultaneously encouraging others to do the same. At everywoman, we recognise the role that men also play in ensuring a strong pipeline of female talent, which is why this year we have introduced the Male Agent of Change Award. The companies represented within the finalist lineup are proving their dedication to ensuring a gender-balanced workforce and, ultimately, a much more sustainable and successful business. We look forward to celebrating all winners and finalists in February 2018.”</p> <p><strong>Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer of FDM Group states</strong>: “The FDM everywoman in Technology Awards are a great way to celebrate female success and create role models to inspire others. At FDM Group, we are committed to driving diversity in the workplace and encouraging more women to pursue rewarding careers in technology and STEM. &nbsp;Creating diversity in the workplace is not only the right thing to do, it also makes businesses more successful. We are proud to continue supporting these awards and look forward to celebrating more female tech talent throughout years to come.”</p> <p><strong>Julian David, CEO of techUK adds</strong>: “techUK is proud to support the FDM everywoman in Technology Awards again this year. It is no secret that the tech sector has a gender parity issue, and we are working hard with our members to address this problem. The Awards are a great opportunity to champion role models all across the sector, and celebrate women who are pioneering a path for others in the industry. We look forward to celebrating leading tech talent.”</p> <p>For further information about the awards and forum visit <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> Guest Blog: CES Is Waking up to Some Fresh UK Tech Thu, 11 Jan 2018 17:11:18 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Brtitish start-up producing a coffee and tea brewing alarm clock joins the British contingent at CES 2018. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK start-up with a designer ​tea and coffee-brewing-alarm ​clock, the <a href="">Barisieur</a>, will be showcased at the Great Britain and Northern Ireland pavilion at CES this year</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_9.jpg" alt="Image 9" width="1200" height="1600" /></p> <p>Joshua Renouf came up with his tea and coffee-brewing-alarm ​clock design during his final year at University. After receiving a first-class honours for his project and interest on his website, his idea now has over $700,000 in crowdfunding and has moved into full production. With the American market accounting for 50 per cent of the company’s business, CES presents a unique opportunity for Joshua to engage with suppliers and customers.</p> <p>Joshua Renouf, Founder of <a href="">Barisieur</a> explains why CES is coming at the perfect time:</p> <p>“The Barisieur has gone into production and we are looking to fulfil our initial orders around January and the beginning of February. Engaging the American market is crucial as it appears to be more accustomed to the crowdfunding platforms then the UK and EU market - US citizens are also huge fans of pour-over coffee.</p> <p>“We are also pleased with the help from the DiT and techUK - every bit of support always means a lot for a start-up. Being able to showcase products at one of the biggest consumer electronics show is a serious opportunity. The people and companies that we’ll come in contact with will be very useful for the future success of <a href="">Barisieur.</a>”</p> <p>Find Barisieur at (51916)</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href="" class="wf_file"><span class="wf_file_text"></span></a></p> <p>Twitter : @Barisieur, @Renouf28</p> <p>Instagram: @Barisieur, @JoshRenouf</p> <p>Facebook:</p> techUK/UKspace Positioning, Navigation & Timing Committee Meeting Notes Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:55:00 +0000 Zahid Ghadialy (techUK) Presentations from the techUK/UKspace Positioning, Navigation & Timing Committee held of Tuesday 9 January. <p><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD<br /><strong>Date:</strong> Tuesday 9th January 2018<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 13:30 - 16:30</p> <p>Introduction by the Chairman -&nbsp;Richard Bowden, QinetiQ</p> <p>Update of UK Space activities, Space Growth Partnership, Space Sector Deal -&nbsp;Paul Flanagan, UK Space</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Update of UK Space Activities, Space Growth Partnership, Space Sector Deal">Update of UK Space Activities, Space Growth Partnership, Space Sector Deal</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>Existing and Emerging Positioning and Navigational Technologies in Connected &amp; Autonomous Vehicles -&nbsp;Mike Holdsworth, Inmarsat</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Existing and Emerging Positioning and Navigational Technologies in Connected &amp; Autonomous Vehicle">Existing and Emerging Positioning and Navigational Technologies in Connected &amp; Autonomous Vehicle</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>Satellite Applications Catapult Update - Kieran Arnold, Satellite Applications Catapult</p> <p>ESA/EU Update - Ashley Cooke, UK Space Agency</p> <p>GNSS School - Kathie Bowden, UK Space Agency</p> <p>Innovate UK Update - Andy Proctor, innovateUK</p> <p>Brexit - Graham Peters, Avanti</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Next meeting (proposed date): </em></p> <ul> <li><em>Tuesday 22 May - 13:30 – 16:30</em></li> </ul> <hr /> <p>To learn more about techUK <a href="">Satellite Applications &amp; Services programme</a>, please get in touch:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: CES 2018: DAY 3 (10th Jan). Future Worlds Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:35:52 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Bringing you a round-up of the day three at CES is Dr. Reuben Wilcock who leads the Univeristy of Southampton's Future Worlds Program. <p>Never in the four years I’ve been to CES have I seen rain fall from the sky as it did this morning. Gazing out of my hotel window and casting my eye up to the strip I could see cars making their way through the deep water and the normally deserted storm drains turning into raging torrents. Without a doubt, today was a taxi day. I headed to the other Future Worlds apartment where Sophie and Jon were putting the finishing touches onto the day’s blog and shortly afterwards we found ourselves climbing into an Uber to head to the show.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Click.jpg" alt="Click" width="1200" height="900" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Everything felt different today as we passed into the familiar halls of the Sands Expo convention centre – the carpet was down, refreshment points were up and the hundreds of stands were all finally complete. There was a sense of anticipation in the air as we reached our stand and began to set out the cards and start the demos. Marcos and Filippo had had a terrible time flying back from San Francisco the night before, and were lucky to be there this morning at all, recounting tales of cancelled and delayed flights and unhelpful ground staff. Travis had made his way to the stand through the rain but seemed remarkably dry whereas Daniel turned up with shoes so wet he had to remove them so he could wring out his socks!</p> <p>The opening of the gates on the first day of CES at 10am is always a big event as hordes of delegates gather to see new technologies and the latest products. Sophie had scheduled a Facebook interview with me to coincide perfectly with this moment so we found ourselves at 9.59am hitting the start button and pointing the camera towards the expectant crowds. There was a shout of “OK get your passes ready” and the security suddenly began to let the thousands of impatient attendees pass through onto the show floor. So for a moment there we were, <a href="">broadcasting live on our Facebook page</a> walking just ahead of the masses like the pied pipers of technology.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Before long the stand was humming with activity, <a href="">Daniel’s showreel</a> was capturing the imagination of potential collaborators, Travis was getting people hooked on his <a href="">Handy Kanji app</a> and the <a href="">Soton Audio Labs soundbar</a> experience was being met with looks of amazement and disbelief.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It wasn’t long before Daniel started collecting some valuable leads. The Aura Vision Labs technology uses deep learning AI to track people on any camera feed and estimate demographics, like gender and age. This information is extremely valuable for retailers where understanding customers and how they move through your space is essential. The showreel and demo playing on one of the two huge Future Worlds screens was certainly having its desired effect – prospects from airports to casino owners and vast retail chains all wanted to find out how they could try the technology. His pitch was compelling and the call to action was simple – if they could send captured video data then Aura Vision Labs could train their algorithms on that data as part of a pilot study.</p> <p>It wasn’t long before Jon signalled that the official CES film crew were coming our way and I got ready to deliver a 15 second piece to camera. These moments are always a little pressured as your brain notches up a gear, the adrenalin flows and you desperately try and think of the most appropriate message. I’ve found that remarkably the human body has a way of dealing with these situations and before long I was delivering a convincing piece about Future Worlds and Aura Vision Labs to the beaming smiles of the interviewer, Bernice. We’ll keep an eye out to see whether it gets used in their official feed.</p> <p>The media events continued and soon we spotted another press team from Minnesota filming the Aura Vision Labs demo from the aisle, so Jon ran over and invited them to interview Daniel. Daniel delivered a great piece about how his technology could help retail and other applications and the second interview of the day was in the bag.</p> <p>Travis and his Handy Kanji app were also getting significant attention, with one of his big catches being a contact from the Japanese government. Everyone who tries his app gets addicted within seconds – it really is the best way to learn the Kanji Forms. The market for this app is huge even if you only consider the millions of Japanese schoolchildren who have to learn these characters every year. Travis has recently started employing another of the entrepreneurs we have helped in the past – Varun Gupta, and they make a powerful team together.</p> <p>Filippo and Marcos were busy amazing anyone who was lucky enough to experience their soundbar demo. I never fail to enjoy watching the expression on people’s faces the first time they hear the sound move right around their head, despite the soundbar being placed in front of them. Both Filippo and Marcos have a certain effortless charm which can make the rest of us highly envious. One brilliant example was when I overheard a delegate ask whether the head tracking would still work if he was sat on the sofa with his arm around his wife. Marcos leant in and replied, “listen my friend... this is an *intelligent* soundbar... trust me, if it sees you snuggling up to your wife then it will automatically start to play Marvin Gaye.”</p> <p>Future Worlds was also getting its fair share of useful leads. I had a long chat to Paul Hide from techUK who I had met last year. We discussed the UK pavilion and how techUK evaluated their events. It’s always nice to talk to someone who cares so passionately about what they do. Paul has really helped us this year – not only by putting us in the TechUK brochure, but also by posting our articles and blogs on their site.</p> <p>Charlie Cannell from Inflexion Private Equity also dropped by the stand and we talked about investment and the potential for him joining the <a href="">Future Worlds mentor network</a>. An exciting new connection was Chon Tang from SkyDeck who are our counterparts at the University of California, Berkeley. Chon was telling me about their setup and recent fund, and how they were keen to offer places to founders from Future Worlds. This fits perfectly with the founder exchange plans I’m keen to start which would help our entrepreneurs get global reach by sending them to Silicon Valley and Shenzhen.</p> <p>You may be wondering how our video sales email techniques worked out from yesterday. Well one of those was to Nick and Omar at BBC Click and just a few minutes after sending they responded positively. The BBC team are always extremely busy and it’s a challenge to get coverage from them so we were delighted when Spencer Kelly and Simon Hancock dropped by the stand to see what we were up to. They didn’t have time to film right then but we managed to get a photo for Twitter, and Spencer was blown away by the soundbar demo.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Join NHS Open API Lab Advisory Group Thu, 11 Jan 2018 15:35:02 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An opportunity to take a leadership role in shaping NHS Digital’s new NHS Open API Lab. <p>The NHS Open API Lab is a new open application programming interface (API) development initiative of Personalised Health and Care 2020 (PHC2020) and NHS Digital, in partnership with the INTEROPen community. Its goals are to <strong>accelerate the adoption of interoperable APIs</strong> and <strong>to ensure that shared API specifications are available to, useful for, and used in care delivery</strong>.</p> <p><span style="color: #414042; font-size: 20px; -webkit-text-stroke: 0.6px;">NHS Open API Lab Advisory Group</span></p> <p>This Advisory Group will provide collaborative leadership to help the NHS Open API Lab achieve its goals.</p> <p>Members of the group will:</p> <ul> <li>Lead and facilitate discussions within their represented communities abut NHS Open API Lab work</li> <li>Provide industry delivery advice about Lab priorities for NHS Digital resource and use</li> <li>Help resolve any issues arising from Lab work</li> </ul> <p>The Lab will offer both virtual and physical collaborative workspaces, with both types of workspace expected to be in use as soon as February 2018. The aim is to bring together developers to accelerate the use of national standards in care delivery APIs, ultimately improving integration across the NHS and social care. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with stakeholders, as the initiative will bring together developers from the NHS, social care, the IT industry and NHS Digital.</p> <p>The Lab’s key objective is to produce technical specifications for real APIs to seamlessly share digital information between IT systems for effective and efficient care delivery. <strong>As a techUK member of this Advisory Group, you will lead consultations within the IT industry and provide guidance to the Lab on key technology considerations.</strong></p> <p>The Advisory Group is made up of members from: the IT industry; NHS Care Delivery Organisations; National Interface Initiatives; and PHC2020-funded NHS Open API Lab resources. The Advisory Group is chaired by an NHS representative who is also a member of the INTEROPen Board. The Advisory Group will meet on a bi-monthly basis until March 2021, with an annual review of its Terms.</p> <p>If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please get in touch with Kate Francis.</p> On The Right Track: Improving Connectivity On Britain’s Trains Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:43:50 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) The report, supported by techUK and rail industry stakeholders, comments on how to improve internet connectivity for passengers on Britain’s railways. <p>It could be argued that Britain’s rail industry is a victim of its own success. Although the last few quarters have shown a slight decline, over the previous 10 years passenger journeys increased by about 42 per cent and passenger kilometres by about 35 per cent. Evidence of increased demand can be seen most readily in more crowded passenger services, but also in investment in longer trains and platforms, and in the need for better signaling to enable trains to safely operate more closely to each other.</p> <p>As consumers are moving to a mobile-first world, where smartphones and tablets supplant PCs for personal and small business internet use, they increasingly expect to be connected wherever they are. And if they’re spending more time on trains, they don’t see why that environment should be any different.</p> <p>Unfortunately, though, it is.</p> <p style="text-align: right;"><img src="images/assets/Train_Series.jpg" alt="Train Series" width="306" height="203" style="margin: 5px; float: right;" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Anyone who spends time on trains is familiar with pockets of no mobile connectivity, not just in tunnels&nbsp;but also in sparsely populated areas,&nbsp;cuttings – and even as trains approach Clapham Junction, Britain’s busiest station. London Underground’s deep stations are also notoriously devoid of mobile connectivity, a problem which subway systems in some other countries seem to have cracked.</p> <p>In a post-Brexit environment, where the UK will be investing more resource into attracting inward investment and retaining what is already here, wherever digital infrastructure is suboptimal by comparison to countries competing for that same investment, it will have to be addressed.</p> <p>Both the National Infrastructure Commission and the European Commission have recently highlighted the need for improved connectivity along major rail and road corridors. The Transport Select Committee has also investigated this.</p> <p>While an increasing number of rail services already offer Wi-Fi, and this is a requirement for new franchises, the passenger experience is variable (with some rolling stock being delivered even now without Wi-Fi).</p> <p>How best to improve connectivity has been looked at several times over the years, including at least 10 attempts to offer mobile connectivity in deep Tube stations, but nothing much resulted from this.</p> <p>Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised at the lack of progress, given that telcos have very different operating environments (not least, the pace of change) from companies operating in the rail sector; also Network Rail has legitimate concerns about any safety implications of additional third parties accessing trackside equipment; and ongoing misalignment of incentives between the two sectors. The fragmented nature of the rail sector, where train operating companies have fairly short franchises and own neither the rolling stock nor the track, is also an obstacle to investment.</p> <p>As with modern office buildings, the materials which train carriages are made from, combined with the shorter wavelength spectrum which is most often used to provide internet connectivity, makes it harder for mobile operators to reach rail passengers using their existing base stations, which aren’t located trackside. Plus the current on-board Wi-Fi relies on mobile networks to connect to the internet. Tunnels, cuttings, foliage and (to date) the difficulty of fitting suitable antennas to rolling stock, have so far ruled out satellite playing a part, although this has worked in other countries.</p> <p>Clearly it is time for action.</p> <p>As the cost to UK plc of doing nothing could only increase, techUK stepped in to facilitate discussions between the two sectors. We established a working group comprising rail sector - Network Rail, Rail Delivery Group (RDG), Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), and Train Operating Companies - plus telcos and independent telecoms infrastructure operators.</p> <p>The desirability of developing a “roadmap” of steps to improve digital connectivity for rail customers was identified fairly early on. The RDG and the RSSB provided some funding to engage a consultant (LS telcom) to work with the working group to develop the roadmap. techUK and RSSB hosted a series of workshops to share intel and highlight issues needing addressing.</p> <p>This initial report, to be <a href="events/meeting/item/12053-trackside-connectivity-on-britain-s-railways-challenges-and-next-steps" target="_blank">launched at techUK on 6 February</a>, necessarily focused on short to medium term actions (which could be actioned in the next 3-5 years), and on improving passenger connectivity rather than connectivity and signalling for the rail industry itself.</p> <p>The report clearly showed that this isn’t a technology issue, technical solutions are largely available now.</p> <p>Trials have shown that satisfactory connectivity can be provided to passengers, including in cuttings and tunnels, if the telecoms equipment can be located trackside, where Network Rail currently has some 2,500 base stations providing the GSM-R secure communications service used by rail personnel.</p> <p>The report has a clear preference for the adoption of a “neutral host” model, where the infrastructure is perhaps operated by a company independent from both Network Rail and the mobile operators, and which is incentivised (subject to any health and safety concerns) to maximise the number of commercial operators sharing the trackside infrastructure. There is a range of companies (e.g. Arqiva) which have extensive experience operating neutral host models, which would ensure healthy competition for the resulting contract(s).</p> <p>This won’t be fixed overnight.</p> <p>Significant funding would be needed to upgrade existing infrastructure, not just masts (possibly in addition to those currently supporting GSM-R), but also fibre to those masts, and access to power. The neutral host approach is seen to be an approach whose time has come in facilitating the sharing of costs and benefits between the players while retaining competition for consumers.</p> <p>But there is now a momentum, with the Government launching a consultation only a few weeks ago and in the Budget announcing a Trans-Pennine connectivity trial, building on a number of trials around the country, including project SWIFT with Cisco and ScotRail. Crucially, both the rail and telecoms sectors are supportive.</p> <p>techUK is delighted to have helped bring this about, and we will continue to work with all stakeholders to take this forward, including looking at what could be achieved over a longer timeframe than the current report considers.</p> <p>If we get this right, over the coming years investment in digital connectivity will not only provide the connectivity passengers increasingly expect, but also reduce the cost of operating train services (not least through predictive maintenance), and improve the speed of recovery and keep passengers informed when things go wrong.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> So You Want to Employ More Women? Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:26:22 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Emma Fryer cogitates on the gender gap and suggests a few things we can do to improve diversity in the data centre sector. <p>The data centre sector struggles to attract and retain female staff, especially in technical roles. In truth, UK data centre operators find it hard to recruit enough technical staff of either gender. Missing out on half the workforce reduces the number of potential employees by 50%, which is not a good place to start. So what are data centres doing wrong? What can we do about it? Emma Fryer has worked within the sector since 2011, albeit not in a technical role, and makes some informal observations.</p> Accelerating Transformation in the Public Sector Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:08:22 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) techUK joins up innovative GovTech SMEs with the public sector <p><img src="images/assets/Innovation_den_pic.jpg" alt="Innovation den pic" /></p> <p>To deliver the Government’s transformation agenda, the public sector must ensure it has access to the best innovative and disruptive technologies available in an ever-changing tech market. However, <a href="">techUK's research</a> has shown that civil servants need more engagement with suppliers as part of pre-procurement market engagement, but often do not have access to do so. This situation is confirmed by the <a href="">views of GovTech SMEs</a> showing that 90% do not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how GovTech SMEs can meet their needs.</p> <p><strong>techUK Innovation Den</strong></p> <p>In response to this, techUK runs regular Innovation Dens offering GovTech SMEs the opportunity to pitch their ideas to panellists from public sector organisations currently delivering transformation programmes. In November 2017 we ran an Innovation Den focussing on innovative products or services that can support the delivery of excellent customer services. The panel for this Innovation Den included:</p> <p>● <strong>Danny Wootton:</strong> Head of Innovation Strategy, ISS Design Authority, Ministry of Defence</p> <p>● <strong>Nadira Hussain:</strong> Former President SOCITM and Head of ICT, London Borough of Enfield</p> <p>●<strong> Emma Jones:</strong> Founder Enterprise Nation and SME Crown Rep</p> <p>● <strong>Rob Driver:</strong> Head of Public Sector, techUK</p> <p>As a result of the Innovation Den techUK collated panellists’ feedback on the services pitched and provided feedback to pitchers on how to improve and refine their pitch to the public sector. The Innovation Den Programme has led to many follow-up appointments between GovTech companies and the public sector. Watch this space as techUK will be running profiles on all of the companies that pitched at the November Innovation Den!</p> <p>If you are a company that would like to participate in our next Innovation Den on 13 June 2018 get in contact now to register your interest - there is a high level of demand and places fill up quickly!</p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="civil-servants-survey/main_findings">techUK’s Civil Servants Survey</a></p> <p><a href="insights/opinions/item/12009-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes">Making the Case for Govtech SMEs</a></p> Government Launches New 25 Year Environment Plan Thu, 11 Jan 2018 13:54:09 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) As the Prime Minister outlines a new plan on how to improve the natural environment, techUK launches a call for evidence to explore how green tech can support its delivery. <p>Today’s <a href="" target="_blank">25 year Environment Plan</a> sets out an ambition for the UK to be at the forefront of global efforts to protect and improve the natural world, and to drive the international community to adopt higher standards.</p> <p>The plan focuses on six areas – land management, recovering nature, connecting people to the environment, resource efficiency and reduction of pollution and waste, oceans and the global environment - and each have supporting policies and plans.</p> <p>The tech sector is well placed to support the delivery of the vision within the plan. <strong>We will be running a call for evidence until the 28 February</strong>, seeking views from our members on how the existing and new tech can be effectively deployed across these areas and <a href="insights/reports/item/11723-techuk-report-outlines-how-tech-can-enable-carbon-reductions-reduce-uk" target="_blank">following our 2017 report</a>, which was endorsed by the Climate Change Minister, looking at how technology can support the Clean Growth Strategy.</p> <p>techUK’s call for evidence explores the opportunities that tech can play in supporting this vision. Specifically we are interested to hear from members on the following questions:</p> <p><em>• How can smart tech deployment in infrastructure networks be sped up to ensure ‘net gains’ in new developments projects?</em></p> <p><em>• Which technologies can be deployed to help manage and gain insight into the quality of soil, water, air and biodiversity both here and overseas?</em></p> <p><em>• What is the role of technology in helping people understand the importance of the environment?</em></p> <p><em>• How can technology support more sustainable supply chains?</em></p> <p><em>• How can technology support the better tracking and monitoring of waste and material as it moves through our economy?</em></p> <p>Do let us know if you can think you can answer any of these questions or if your business is well placed to play a role.</p> <p>techUK will also be working with members to explore the implications of other plans announced today. A new Waste and Resources Strategy this year will seek to reform producer responsibility systems – which currently covers electronics, batteries and packaging – to incentivise producers to design better products. A new Chemical Strategy is also pledged which will explore how chemicals can be better tracked in products. Get in touch if you want to get involved.</p> Health and Social Care Newsletter | Winter Pressures Dominate the Headlines Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:25:55 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) techUK's Health and Social Care Programme update for the month of January <p>Wishing you a very Happy New Year from techUK and the Health and Social Care team. We look forward to working with you over 2018.</p> <p>For the first time in a long time we had a SoS who wanted to <a href="" target="_blank">retain the Health brief</a>... and we will be interested to see if the ‘reshuffle’ in <a href="" target="_blank">Jeremy Hunt’s job title</a> is reflected with any shift in policy.</p> <p>With our own <a href="" target="_blank">elections completed</a> before Christmas we are pleased to announce that Rob Blay (JAC) and Ali Rogan (Tunstall) are resuming their positions as Chair and Vice Chair. They will be joined by two new Vice Chairs, James Norman (Dell-EMC) and Natalie Chishick (IMS Maxims).</p> <p>There are daily stories in the media about the Winter Pressures in the NHS. Following the <a href="" target="_blank">publication of our paper last year,</a> we are running a Campaign Week for you to share your ideas on how tech can help solve these challenges. The deadline for submission of guest blogs is 12 February and if you’re interested in contributing please <a href="">get in touch with Kate Francis</a> by 19 January to <a href="" target="_blank">find out more about the themes and how to contribute.</a></p> <p>Be sure to take a look at our event on 5 February with the Department for International Trade. It’s called <a href="" target="_blank">Digital Health Opportunities in the NHS </a>and you’ll hear from NICE, NHS Digital, DigitalHealth.London among others.</p> <p>We are also thrilled to be working with Essex Country Council on their 'Challenge Dementia Prize'. More details below.</p> <p>We will be discussing our plans for the year during our January Council Meeting next week. Our partnership with NHS Digital and the NHSE ACS framework will no doubt feature prominently. Please do <a href="">get in touch</a> if there are any topics you think we should be focusing on this year.</p> <hr /> <h3>techUK News, Views, and Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Essex County Council Challenge Dementia</a><br />Do you want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? Do you want the chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this growing challenge? On the 19 January Essex County Council is launching Challenge Dementia, the second in a series of Challenge Prizes developed to identify solutions to some of the most complex problems facing its residents.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Type 1 Diabetes: The Rise of the Machines – 24 February</a><br />Technology has huge potential to transform type 1 diabetes and some people with the condition are already showing remarkable results using new digital technologies. This event, co-hosted by techUK and Partha Kar will showcase what is currently possible with today’s tools and what we need to do to make digital a reality for the many rather than the few.</p> <p><strong>techUK Working with NHS England</strong><br />techUK hosted a meeting with Matthew Swindells, Paul Rice, Will Smart and Bob Ricketts to discuss the Global Digital Exemplar programme; Local Integrated Care Record Exemplars; and support for Accountable Care Systems. The slides are available at and <a href="" target="_blank">more details on the ACS framework can be found here.</a></p> <h3>Health and Social Care Opportunities</h3> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK</a><br />The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science &amp; Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Embassy Copenhagen are hosting a one-day event focusing on Digital Health.<br /><strong>Event Details: 08:30 – 17:00 on Tuesday 13 March 2018.</strong><br /><strong>Location: TBC, Copenhagen, Denmark</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Doing Business with the NHS Just Got a Lot Easier for Cheshire &amp; Warrington SMEs</a><br />Healthcare Business Connect Cheshire and Warrington is a new support programme helping Cheshire and Warrington businesses working in the health and life sciences sector with products or services of interest to the NHS make the right connections.<br /><strong>Upcoming Event: Learn how to trade with the NHS – Ask the Buyer</strong><br /><strong>Location: Alderley Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 24 January 2018, 9:00–12:00.</strong></p> <p><strong>Opportunity to Help the AMRC Streamline Their IT Systems</strong><br />The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the national membership organisation of leading medical and health research charities. AMRC members support over one third of all publicly-funded medical research in the UK, investing over £1.6 billion in health research in 2016. The AMRC needs someone to review the systems they use and recommend what the next steps should be, for example, should they: rationalise into a smaller number, integrate where possible, maximise the potential of systems they already use, or move to a new system(s). If this is something you could help with then please contact <a href=""></a> for further information.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">NHS Digital Upcoming Requests for Information:</a></p> <ul> <li><strong>NHS Digital Primary Care as a Platform, Request for Information</strong><br />An opportunity to collaborate on a proof of concept for a fresh approach to primary care systems architecture.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching 11 Jan</a> (go live 11 not confirmed yet).</li> <li><strong>NHS Digital GP Payments Calculation Futures, Request for Information<br /></strong>An opportunity to help inform and shape the scope of work involved with replacing the Calculating Quality Reporting Service in April 2020. Please note, there will be a webinar at the end of January to deal with any Q&amp;A’s related to the consultation.<br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching mid Jan.</a></li> <li><strong>NHS Digital Organisation Data Service, Request for Information</strong><br />An opportunity to help identify the risks and impacts the future changes to Organisation Reference Data might have on your systems. <br /><a href="" target="_blank">Launching mid Jan.</a></li> </ul> The Open Age of Banking: Technology Driving Customer Trust and Loyalty Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:04:48 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Guest blog from techUK member Richard Lowe, Director of BFSI UK, SQS <p>In the age of choice, where consumers can switch services at the click of a button, the only provider that has remained constant for many is their banking provider. UK consumers generally give a high amount of trust to their banking provider, with 85% of customers saying that they trust their bank with personal information and to manage accounts efficiently.</p> <p>While many banks interpret this as consumer loyalty, the reality is that many people stay with their chosen provider out of fear of the presumed upheaval switching providers entails, and concern that their data and money will be put at risk.</p> <p><a href="">Our research shows</a> that 48% of banking customers would worry that direct debits and standing orders would not be transferred accurately during the switching process. However, this is all subject to change with Open Banking coming into effect in January 2018.</p> <p>Open Banking will make it easier for customers to understand what’s available to them and more able to compare and switch providers, which means more will have to be done to retain customer trust and loyalty in the long run.</p> <p>And, in this open age of banking, trust can easily be broken if something goes wrong. For example, 62%&nbsp; of customers admitted that they would quickly lose trust in their banks, if the bank suffered a data breach. Similarly, 55% mentioned the same if they were to become a victim of fraud.</p> <p>But it’s not just these high-profile instances that can impact a bank’s reputation. Failure of the technology to 'just work' is also a trust turn off, with 37% of respondents stating they would lose faith in their provider if the website or mobile app isn’t functioning properly.</p> <p>The onus, therefore, is on banks to ensure that their technology is robust and reliable across all channels to prevent such situations from occurring, in order to build trust and a loyal customer base.</p> <p><strong>Acquire loyalty with a seamless digital experience</strong></p> <p>Technology is playing an increasingly greater role in our lives and, as such, our research has shown that customer preferences are changing. Customers are embracing digital banking and are choosing to interact with their banks more and more through mobile and online channels. In fact, 90% of UK consumers report that they are signed up to use online banking and 95% feel that it is making their day to day, current account banking quicker.</p> <p>When asked, 91% of respondents actually expressed a preference of checking their balance digitally and 74% cited this means as their preferred way to change personal details. Now, more than ever, it is vital for banks to ensure their customer experience is digitally focused. Banks need to be delivering a seamless customer experience across all touchpoints – both digital and physical. With more than&nbsp; <a href="">482 bank branches closing down</a> across the country this year alone, and RBS recently announcing a further 259 in the near future, delivering in-branch, personal experiences will become a thing of the past.</p> <p>It will not be enough to rely on the loyalty of the customer of yesteryear, a more technologically advanced and less loyal younger consumer is now coming into play. Our research shows that the rising tech-friendly millennials are less loyal than their older counterparts; 38% say that they would be likely to switch their bank with Open Banking compared to 13% of over 65 year olds, and banks need to be mindful of this in order to retain them as customers.</p> <p>Whether customers need to transfer money, check their account balance or even apply for a mortgage, banks need to be able to provide these services confidently online, just like they would in branch to meet the expectations of today’s customer.</p> <p><strong>Think differently with digital</strong></p> <p>As well as using technology to provide a better user experience, banks can also use it to differentiate themselves from their competitors. With the emergence of fintech and challenger banks, the retail banking sector has become much more competitive, meaning traditional banks have to be able to offer something different to be able to compete with the upsurge of this potentially more agile and customer responsive set-up.</p> <p>With customers having so much more choice, banks will need to think creatively to stand out from the crowd and technology will be a key differentiator in the sector. In many ways technology can deliver the in-branch human experience via different formats: chatbots can give loan advice or mortgages can be discussed via video calls. Integrated channels will mean that customers can start filling in applications via their smartphone on their daily commute and then picking them up from the same position on their desktops when they get home.</p> <p>Moving forward, banks will need to use technology in innovative ways to meet the needs of both existing and potential customers to retain and gain market share.</p> <p><strong>Quality assurance equals reassured customers</strong></p> <p>With Open Banking coming into play this week, it will be easier than ever for customers to vote with their feet if they lose trust in their bank and are frustrated with the technology it offers.</p> <p>However, with this rise in importance of banking technology and more of it being implemented, there is also more potential for things to go wrong. To avoid this, banks need to ensure quality assurance is consistently at the heart of all their banking systems.</p> <p>To retain and attract customers in an ever more competitive market banks will need to ensure the stability and reliability of the systems their customers rely on, from the smallest to the biggest transactions. After all, when personal information and finances are at risk, customers will be able to move to a more trustworthy provider a lot quicker with the new Open Banking regulations.</p> <p><strong>Download the full report <a href=";utm_source=TechUKBlog&amp;utm_campaign=RetailBankingReport&amp;utm_term=RetailBankingReport&amp;utm_content=RetailBankingReport">here</a>.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Home Office Joint Security & Resilience Centre - Jan Update Thu, 11 Jan 2018 10:21:26 +0000 Henry Rex(techUK) A work programme update for industry from the Joint Security and resilience Centre. <p>The Home Office's Joint Security &amp; Resilience Centre is committed&nbsp;to improving and increasing their communications with industry during 2018. As part of this plan, they intend to send industry regular updates regarding current and pipeline projects at JSaRC. They hope that these will provide a thorough understanding of what they are doing, and more importantly, their expected and realised project outcomes.</p> <p>This week's update, the first of 2018, provides an overview of one of their recent projects, the Innovation Call.</p> <p>Members can download the update below.</p> Guest Blog: CES 2018: DAY 2 (9th Jan). Future Worlds Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:54:45 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Bringing you a round-up of the day two at CES is Dr. Reuben Wilcock who leads the Univeristy of Southampton's Future Worlds Program. <p>Someone once described being an entrepreneur as jumping on a horse with an unwieldy sword and galloping at high speed into the sunset alone, driven by an unrealistic belief of success. This has certainly been my experience during the five startups I’ve founded or been involved with and each time one reaches its conclusion, successful or otherwise, I always say ‘never again’. But like any powerful addiction it’s not long before that gnawing feeling comes back, another problem that needs to be solved is found, and on the horse we jump again.</p> <h3>Taking Future Worlds to CES is a profoundly important milestone for the University of Southampton entrepreneurs that join us on the stand. The steep learning curve of pitching to a vast spectrum of potential customers combined with the pressure to make the most of the opportunity whilst standing side by side with kindred spirits from around the globe makes this a special place indeed.</h3> <p>During the show, the Future Worlds team both here and back in the UK act as a well-oiled machine supporting the startups we promote in any way we can. Each morning, writing the daily blog at 5am makes me the first moving part in this machine which then sees <a href="">Jon</a> proofread and edit the text, <a href="">Sophie</a> select photos to accompany the narrative whilst<a href="">Alex</a> and <a href="">Natasha</a> process the video footage back home in the incubator.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_7.jpg" alt="Image 7" width="600" height="480" /></p> <p>This year is Sophie’s first time experiencing CES and worries of incomplete video uploads during the night had seen her catch very little precious sleep. A strong coffee and she was back on her feet checking out the video Alex had sent through and helping Tyler iron another piece of the stand’s fabric. As they were doing this Jon’s head popped round the corner with our first good media news of the day, which was that <a href="">techUK had published our guest blog on their website</a>.</p> <p>It is extremely difficult to get media coverage during CES – after all we are up against products like LG’s latest 65” TV that <a href="">rolls up like wrapping paper</a>, so Jon had done very well with this one. He also confirmed that popular UK southern counties radio stations <a href="">Sam FM</a> and <a href="">The Breeze</a> were set to do a radio interview with me at 10am, which was another great catch. So Jon and I headed off early to the show to get prepped and ready for the interview whilst Sophie and Tyler finished off their morning tasks.</p> <p>Now, as many of you know, I’m a little out of practice at the moment so Jon fired potential interview questions at me as we paced around Eureka Park, narrowly avoiding the fork-lift drivers racing past with their freight deliveries. I already knew the best place to take a quiet call from last year, when <a href="">I had many a phone conversation with Minister for Digital and Culture’s press team</a>. This perfect location is an unglamorous corridor leading up to the first floor toilets. The phone rang and I dived into the space and got chatting to the interviewer about everything from Future Worlds to our founders and CES as a whole. Jon had remarkably guessed nearly all of the questions correctly and so being well prepared I felt that it had gone well. But why not judge for yourself – it will air on Wednesday and we’ll let you know more on that soon.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_8.jpg" alt="Image 8" width="600" height="451" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A little later, Sophie, Jon and I parked ourselves at one of the Venetian cafes to discuss media strategy at the show. We drank our coffee, ate biscotti and tried to ignore the deafening indoor theatre performance which began 10 minutes later. We reviewed our current list of media targets, brainstormed new ones, prioritised the list and divided it between the three of us before heading back to the stand with a renewed purpose. After sending the first few emails the familiar face of Dr Mike Short CBE appeared and we got chatting about the presence of UK startups at the show. Mike has been at Telefonica for 30 years, reaching Vice President level, and only left to become Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of International Trade. I explained how the University was being so supportive of Future Worlds and we discussed the merits of having a UK pavilion at CES.</p> <p>When it comes to national presence, France is undoubtedly the leader this year with a colossal section of Eureka Park dedicated to its startups. Holland also has an impressive area promoting its entrepreneurs and it was fun to catch up with those I had got to know during my last startup, Joulo. Arjen Noorbergen, who was CTO of the company that acquired Joulo, dropped by and told me how his latest venture Triggi was going. A couple of hours later my old friend Andriy Shmyhelskyy appeared. Andriy founded CareToSave, now called Hyko and we had met at the British Gas Startup competition when I was pitching Joulo in 2013. Andriy’s proposition is wonderfully endearing and well worth a look – an internet-connected polar bear that helps teach kids to turn off the lights.</p> <p>We then buckled down to the job in hand – finding a creative way to tempt prospects and media to come to the stand and discover our startups. For Daniel we had realised that casinos were a perfect opportunity for <a href="">Aura Vision Labs</a> and so he spent a few hours searching for details of the surveillance directors of the largest casinos on the strip. Meanwhile Travis was amassing a list of the biggest bloggers on the internet who might be interested in covering his EdTech App, <a href="">Handy Kanji</a>.</p> <p>The plan I suggested was bold, simple and hopefully irresistible to the prospects: film a short pitch video just for them, personalised by a hand written message on an A4 sheet of paper held up at the start. Imagine you receive an email with an embedded video whose thumbnail shows someone holding up a card with your name on it. Who wouldn’t be tempted to play that clip? This technique goes right back to the 1930s and Dale Carnegie, the famous author of ‘How to win friends and influence people’, who said that a person’s name is the sweetest thing they will ever hear. So we spent a couple of hours creating and sending these highly personalised and targeted clips.</p> <p>During the later stage of the afternoon Tyler, who had been busily working on some code, announced that he had developed a Raspberry Pi-powered device that would automatically upload all the files from an SD card onto our media server back in the incubator. This meant that the team could just swap cards after filming and pop the one they had just used into its SD slot, allowing Alex back home to grab the footage coming through. This was quickly employed to upload a tour of the stand that was planned to be the blog video for today.</p> <p>Thanks for the messages many of you have sent about the first blog, and special thanks to Jon’s relatives who kindly pointed out that in all the footage so far he appears to be standing around doing nothing! I’ll make sure he pulls his weight today.</p> <p>One last request, if you do enjoy these blogs, is to help us by sharing them on your social feeds. As ever, Future Worlds is powered by its network, their connections and goodwill and helping promote what we are doing is a great way to play a part in the journey of some of our exciting startups.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If you want to find out more about Future World's, head over to their website at <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BEIS Call for Evidence: Helm Cost of Energy Review Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:31:07 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK provides an informal response on behalf of data centres: the most energy intensive part of the technology sector. <p>Back in October 2017 Professor Dieter Helm published his Cost of Energy Review. This was very critical of complex and dysfunctional policies that added unnecessary costs, called for fundamental review and simplification of current structures and exemption for industrial users of many non commodity charges. From an energy intensive industry perspective there was much to like in the report, and we commented to this effect. The link to the full report is here: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The report was followed in December by a Call for Evidence from BEIS (see: <a href=""></a>). This asked for input on generation, distribution and retail. The call was structured in a way that made it difficult for stakeholders without detailed knowledge of the electricity market to respond meaningfully. However, the high cost of energy is one of the most important issues facing UK data centre operators and these costs are set to escalate further, so it was imperative that we made some comment.</p> <p>In the end we eschewed the proposed categories and instead submitted evidence from the perspective of an energy intensive sector dealing with a highly mobile commodity and urged Government to implement the recommendations of the review. We welcomed the findings of the Review, explained the impact of high energy costs on competitiveness, and supported the proposals. The key findings from the Helm Review are duplicated below and our response to the Call is at the bottom.</p> <p><strong>Helm Review of Cost of Energy: Key Findings and Recommendations</strong> (Note that in this context CCA means Climate Change Act.)</p> <p>1. The cost of energy is too high, and higher than necessary to meet the Climate Change Act (CCA) target and the carbon budgets. Households and businesses have not fully benefited from the falling costs of gas and coal, the rapidly falling costs of renewables, or from the efficiency gains to network and supply costs which come from smart technologies. Prices should be falling, and they should go on falling into the medium and longer terms.</p> <p>2. Households and businesses have not benefited as much as they should because of legacy costs, policies and regulation, and the continued exercise of market power.</p> <p>3. The scale of the multiple interventions in the electricity market is now so great that few if any could even list them all, and their interactions are poorly understood. Complexity is itself a major cause of rising costs, and tinkering with policies and regulations is unlikely to reduce costs. Indeed, each successive intervention layers on new costs and unintended consequences. It should be a central aim of government to radically simplify the interventions, and to get government back out of many of its current detailed roles. This review explains how to do this.</p> <p>4. The legacy costs from the Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs), the feed-in tariffs (FiTs) and low carbon contracts for difference (CfDs) are a major contributor to rising final prices, and should be separated out, ring-fenced, and placed in a ‘legacy bank’. They should be charged separately and explicitly on customer bills. Industrial customers should be exempt. Once taken out of the market, the underlying prices should then be falling.</p> <p>5. The most efficient way to meet the CCA target and the carbon budget is to set a universal carbon price on a common basis across the whole economy, harmonising the multiple carbon taxes and prices currently in place. This price should vary so as to meet the carbon targets. It would be significantly lower than the cost of the current multiple interventions.</p> <p>6. There should be a border carbon price to address the consequences of the UK adopting a unilateral carbon production target.</p> <p>7. The FiTs and other low-carbon CfDs should be gradually phased out, and merged into a unified equivalent firm power (EFP) capacity auction. The costs of intermittency will then rest with those who cause them, and there will be a major incentive for the intermittent generators to contract with and invest in the demand side, storage and back-up plants. The balancing and flexibility of markets should be significantly encouraged.</p> <p>8. After all existing commitments in respect of FiTs and low-carbon CfDs have been fully honoured, and in the transition to a proper, uniform carbon price and an EFP auction, they should be split into three parts: the construction and project-development phase; the operation of the plant; and<br />decommissioning. The first should have a higher cost of capital, reflecting the equity risks; the second should be more akin to a regulatory asset base (RAB) in the utilities and closer to the cost of debt; and the third should be a charge to operating costs. The customers should benefit from the refinancing when the project comes into operation.</p> <p>9. The current RIIO (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs) periodic review price caps for the transmission and distribution companies are already being significantly outperformed – in part because of mistakes in the assumptions – and have resulted in higher prices than need to be charged for the efficient delivery of their functions. Ofgem should consider what actions should be taken now.</p> <p>10. For the networks, going forward, there should be no more periodic reviews in the current RIIO framework. Technical change is so fast that predicting costs eight–ten years hence is impractical.</p> <p>11. The government should establish an independent national system operator (NSO) and regional system operators (RSOs) in the public sector, with relevant duties to supply, and take on some of the obligations in the relevant licences from the regulated transmission and distribution companies. The NSO and the RSOs should, where practical, open up the various functions and enhancements to the networks to competitive auctions and, at the local level, invite bids for network enhancements, generation and storage, and demand-side response (DSR) from energy service companies.</p> <p>12. The separate generation, supply and distribution licences, at least at the local level, should be replaced by a simpler, single licence.</p> <p>13. As a result of the above changes, the role of Ofgem in network regulation should be significantly diminished.</p> <p>14. There should be a default tariff to replace the Standard Variable Tariff (SVT), based on the index of wholesale costs, the fixed cost pass-throughs, levies and taxes, and a published supply margin.</p> <p>15. Capping the margin would be the best way to meet the objectives of the new draft legislation. By focusing on the margin within the default tariff structure, competition would be enhanced, thereby encouraging new entrants.</p> <p>16. The government should issue an annual statement to Parliament, setting out the required capacity margins and providing guidance to the NSO and RSOs.</p> BEIS consultation on Industrial Heat Recovery Support Programme Wed, 10 Jan 2018 14:12:49 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) techUK responds to the Government’s consultation on removing barriers to the re-use of waste heat, and opens the door for discussion. <p>The Government wants to encourage industry to identify and invest in opportunities to recover heat and plans to introduce a programme to support this: IHRS – Industrial Heat Recovery Support. This will allow industry to re-use heat on-site or sell it to a third party, leading to higher energy and carbon productivity, lower fuel bills or a new revenue stream. See&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> <p>The proposals focus on removing barriers, of which there are many for data centre operators, not least the grade of heat, the absence of customers and the unhelpful Heat Networks Directive which adds a further layer of regulatory complexity for those embarking on such an activity.</p> <p>We provided a very brief response by the deadline of 4th January that set out the main barriers and welcomed ongoing dialogue. Data centres are not currently within the scope of the proposals and discussions within the sector regarding heat re-use are not advanced enough to inform a substantive input to the consultation. However, we made some informal observations and took the opportunity to confirm that this is a topic of interest to the sector and that we would welcome further dialogue if it can help establish whether data centres can make a viable contribution to energy efficiency through heat reuse.</p> <p>If you are engaged in heat reuse projects within data centres then we would love to hear from you.</p> NIC to Launch 'Roads of the Future' Competition Next Week Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:50:23 +0000 Jessica Russell(techUK) Roads of the Future – NIC’s innovation competition for better roads for CAVs – opens Monday 15 January 2018. <blockquote>Innovation competition 'Roads of the Future' will be open to applicants next week.&nbsp;</blockquote> <p>In November 2017, the NIC announced plans for an innovation competition focussing on “how to deliver a world-class road network in the UK ready for connected and autonomous vehicles”.</p> <p>The 'Roads of the Future' competition, beginning on <strong>Monday 15 January 2018</strong>, will be launched with <a href="">Innovate UK</a> and <a href="">Highways England</a>. The deadline for submissions is <strong>Wednesday 14 March 2018</strong>.</p> <p>Applicants have two months to develop ideas for how to adapt roads for CAVs, to be judged by a jury appointed by NIC. Submissions are encouraged to consider issues including:</p> <ul> <li>Road design</li> <li>Traffic management</li> <li>Regulatory adaptations</li> </ul> <p>Five successful applicants will then receive <strong>£30 000</strong> to further develop their ideas throughout May and August. These will once again be judged and <strong>the winning applicant will receive an additional £50 000</strong>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Further information on the competition will be posted here on Monday 15 January</a>, including links to competition documents and competition registration.</p> <p><br />techUK wishes all applicants the best of luck, and&nbsp;is excited to see what innovative ideas the competition brings about.</p> techUK Welcomes Margot James MP as new Minister for Digital and Creative Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:26:52 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) CEO Julian David comments on the appointment of Margot James MP in the ministerial reshuffle. <blockquote style="color: #ec008c;">Commenting on the Ministerial reshuffle, and the appointment of Margot James MP as Minister for Digital and Creative Industries, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</blockquote> <p><em>“techUK congratulates Margot James on her appointment. Minister for Digital is a vital portfolio for the UK economy. Margot James will bring great energy and dynamism to the role. It is a critical year for the tech sector as we continue to build on the Government’s Digital Strategy, and Brexit negotiations move into Phase 2. A continued collaborative relationship with Government and industry will be the key to success.”</em></p> <p><em>“I’d also like to thank Matt Hancock for all his work as Digital Minister. He really made the brief his own and worked hard with our members on a range of issues. We look forward to continue working with him in his new role as Secretary of State.”</em></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For media enquiries please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Mous Wants to Break the Global Market by Protecting Your Phone Wed, 10 Jan 2018 11:03:14 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Popular British phone accessories business, known for protecting devices in incredible drop test videos, is looking to drive its growth this year at CES. <h3>techUK CES 2018: Popular UK mobile phone accessories business sees expansion opportunity at CES 2018</h3> <p><a href="">Mous</a> is a British mobile phone accessories brand that recently created the Limitless 2.0, a protective case for the new iPhone X. The company has also completed an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign, in which it raised over $2.5 million. The company now ships over 150,000 cases to all four corners of the globe from its website. CES will play a crucial role in its 2018 development plan as Mous looks to increase sales through retailer and distributor partnerships.</p> <p>James Griffith, co-founder of <a href="">Mous</a>, was elated with the support that it has received to attend CES:</p> <p>“The support we have received this year means everything to us. It’s an opportunity to show off our products, share our story and reveal our plans for 2018 with thousands of people. It also gives us the opportunity to meet retailers and distributors in key markets such as the US, South America and Asia. We hope that this year’s CES will catapult us into the next chapter of our story and that the show will help spread the word about Mous.”</p> <p>Find Mous at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Energising Tomorrow's World Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:28:53 +0000 Doniya Soni(techUK) Programme announced for the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum, supported by techUK. <blockquote>Additional headline speakers at the 4th annual everywoman in Tech Forum have been announced, and the inspiring line-up is set to feature some of the world’s most influential female tech entrepreneurs alongside innovative heads of business embracing disruptive technology.</blockquote> <p>This one-day event will return to the London Hilton Park Lane on 8 February attracting over 600 international delegates from a variety of industry sectors.</p> <p>The impressive list of speakers include Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, who has been hailed by Fortune and TIME as one of Europe’s top talents in digital engagement; Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure – a strategic and competitive intelligence company – who is globally recognised for her early adoption of new technologies in the advancement of competitive intelligence; and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values, whose toy line ZippyKit is aimed at bridging gender gaps in STEM subjects.</p> <p>Senior executives from some of the world’s biggest organisations including BP and Accenture will also be presenting at the event, along with the founders of Blippar, Elvie and Cognition X.</p> <p>A growing body of research demonstrates that gender balanced teams produce better outcomes and create a more sustainable future for business along with a positive impact on the bottom line. Despite this, the number of women working in the technology sector remains stubbornly low at just 16%* and a recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers felt to prevent women entering the industry are ‘workplace cultures that don’t welcome or support female progression’ and ‘too few female role models for young girls.’**</p> <p>To counter this, the everywoman in Tech Forum brings together some of the most inspirational men and women working in the industry offering opportunities for networking alongside personal development. Recognising that gender parity in technology can only be achieved when both men and women work together to effect change, the Forum will also host key male business leaders who will discuss how they are working to champion the advancement of women in their organisations and in the industry as a whole.</p> <p>The agenda features sessions looking at the women changing the IoT world, building teams of balance and productivity, and gender dynamics in the workplace.&nbsp; Other highlights will include discussions on some of the most pressing issues currently facing and shaping the tech industry and businesses today, including artificial intelligence and reverse mentoring. Plus there will be a live demonstration with Cobot around how humans and robots are working collaboratively within the sector</p> <p>Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder, everywoman says “We are thrilled to announce the agenda for this year’s everywoman in Tech Forum and delighted to be joined by so many industry experts. For us, the Forum embodies the everywoman strategy for attracting, retaining and advancing women in business, by offering quality learning and development, access to role models and unparalleled networking opportunities.&nbsp; Whether you are a manager looking to drive your team’s performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate our inspiring line up will provide delegates with the skills, information and motivation to achieve their goals.”</p> <p>Tickets to the forum cost £400 + VAT and can be purchased here: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Organisations can also live stream the keynote speeches to their employees and engage them through, an interactive web-based platform that allows participants to engage with live events. Users can ask questions to the event speakers, vote in polls and participate in surveys. Visit: <a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Urges Government to Support Home Energy Tech Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:23:17 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) BEIS call for evidence sought views on how to build a market for energy efficiency in homes. <p>Despite reductions in the use of gas in homes and a decline in energy demand, homes still present a significant headache for those worrying about how we will meet our future carbon targets. The current policy framework leaves a significant gap between what’s like to be achieved and what is needed to meet the fifth carbon budget. New regulatory policies are needed to bridge the gap.</p> <p>In a wide-ranging call for evidence, BEIS sought views on how markets for energy efficiency should be stimulated and the relative attractiveness of various options that impact upstream and downstream demand for products and services that deliver improvements to homes.</p> <p>In techUK’s response, we highlighted the significant role that digital technologies can play in connected homes – not only in helping home occupiers to manage their use more efficiently but in supporting a smart, flexible grid system and gain new actionable insights on how to further reduce energy bills. It is therefore no longer appropriate to just consider the fabric of a building along: we need a policy framework that recognises the role of these technologies in enabling a dynamic, productive UK energy system.</p> <p>techUK’s <a href="" target="_blank">research</a> shows that consumers are increasingly interested in this nascent technology with 42% of people interested in purchasing smart home energy technologies in the future, prompted in part by the roll out of smart meters. But consumer participation cannot be taken for granted. The market for smart appliances remains low and many still consider them too expensive. More needs to be done to empower and incentivise consumers to manage their demand, adopt new technologies and minimise costs to their benefit and that of the electricity system as a whole.</p> <p>Among the recommendations from techUK to government:</p> <p>• Introduce new “smartness” indicator on EPC labels highlighting to occupants comfort controls or ability to participate in demand response.</p> <p>• Commit to continue to energy label products following our exit of the European Union to ensure consumers can identify the most efficient smart appliances on the market.</p> <p>• Ensure measures to overcome access to finance barriers – such as low interest loans to homeowners, equity loans or “green” mortgages - allow for upgrades in energy efficient smart appliances as a permitted energy efficiency measure or alternatively that a separate percentage of the loan is permitted to upgrade energy efficient smart models.</p> <p>• With clear evidence of the social good smart technologies and appliances can bring (in tackling fuel poverty and supporting assisted living, for example) VAT reductions, as permitted under the Council Directive 2006/11/EC on the common system of value added tax, should also be considered.</p> <p>• Supply side options include incentives linked to certain tariffs, for example on the back of sign-up to time of use tariffs and domestic maximum demand tariffs, could drive demand for energy efficient technologies. Government’s role is to urgently remove barriers to smart tariffs, such as half-hourly settlement, enabling new business models to develop. Government should also establish rules that will ensure those who are unable to participate in this new market are not disadvantaged.</p> <p>• Address grid flexibility barriers to ensure that the full range of technologies and solutions are at our disposal. This could be achieved, without spending money on upgrade to the grid, through demand response services or by giving network operators a degree of control over the use of large loads. Maximum demand tariffs could help to integrate large new connections.</p> <p>• Review the current status of third party access to other sets of energy and efficiency data and commit to a review of public interest justifications for greater access. Consider how to integrate the Royal Society and British Academy’s high level principles for data governance into its current review of the smart meter Data Access and Privacy Framework.</p> <p>You can download the response in full below.</p> Campaign Week: How tech can help avoid the winter crisis Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:25:14 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) In February, techUK is running a campaign week for you to share your ideas on how tech can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care. Find out how to get involved. <p>techUK will be holding a Campaign Week series on the theme of ‘How technology can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care’ from <strong>26 February to 2 March 2018</strong> and we would be delighted to have you contribute to it.</p> <h3>Background</h3> <p>There are daily stories in the media about winter pressures in the NHS. This makes it easy to forget that the NHS ranks as one of the best healthcare systems in the world. But there are real challenges, particularly during the winter period. The challenges can be summarised as high demand, constrained spending, staffing issues, and problems with the flow of patients through the system. There is a lot of good work currently being done across the Health and Social Care ecosystem to address these problems and the tech industry is conscious that technology is no panacea. We do, however, believe that the sector can make a valuable contribution to help solving these issues.</p> <p>In October 2017, <a href="" target="_blank">techUK launched an investigation into how technology can help avoid a winter crisis in health and social care</a>. The investigation provides an opportunity for the technology community to meaningfully contribute and support those in the NHS working to solve some of the supply and demand challenges.</p> <h3>How to get involved</h3> <p>Why not join this debate and discussion on how technology can help solve some of these challenges? Each day during the week there will be a different topic with blog posts, tweets and case studies centred on the themes below. This could be a thought leadership blog post (max 600 words), a case study or a video that demonstrates your view on this issue. We’d like to invite techUK members and stakeholders to contribute on one of the topics outlined below. The topics follow the themes of t<a href="" target="_blank">he paper we launched last year and the questions that were raised in the paper.</a> If you wish to contribute to a different topic then we are happy to explore further with you.</p> <h3>Topics</h3> <ul style="list-style-type: disc;"> <li><strong>‘Relentless’ demand:</strong> <ul> <li>How can technology enable and equip health and social care professionals to deliver services remotely?</li> <li><strong>Accessing the system</strong>: Can technology reduce the number of people unnecessarily attending A&amp;E?</li> <li><strong>Keeping people out of hospital:</strong> How can technology help to support people to remain in their homes and keep people from being admitted to hospitals or care homes?</li> <li><strong>Prevention is better:</strong> How can the proliferation of connected devices keep us healthy?</li> </ul> </li> <li><strong>Constrained supply:</strong> <ul> <li><strong>The bed-blocking challenge:</strong> How can technology assist with the management of patient flow through the hospital?</li> <li><strong>The workforce challenge:</strong> How can technology ease problems of recruitment and workforce planning?</li> <li><strong>Breaking down silos:</strong> How can improved data collection and analytics be used as an enabler in the move towards a focus on population health?</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>If you would like to contribute, please can you email your interest to Kate Francis (<a href=""></a>) by <strong>Friday 19 January</strong>. The deadline for submission of blogs is <strong>12 February 2018</strong>.</p> <p>When you submit the blog please can you also include the name, job title of the author as well as a blog title (max 60 characters) and any social media handles you would like us to use.</p> <p>Please do get in touch if you have any questions or queries.</p> Nominations OPEN For New techUK Cloud & Data Analytics AI Leadership Committees Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) This is your chance to get involved in leading techUK’s Cloud, Data, Analytics & AI programme. <blockquote>From today members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on two new Leadership Committees being created to steer techUK's work in Cloud Computing, Data Analytics and AI.</blockquote> <p>techUK has today opened nominations for members to join the following newly created Leadership Committees:</p> <h3><strong>techUK Cloud Leadership Committee</strong></h3> <ul> <li>This committee will steer the development of action orientated projects, thought leadership campaigns and public policy engagement in order to drive the UK cloud computing market forward.</li> </ul> <h3><strong>techUK Data Analytics and AI Leadership Committee</strong></h3> <ul> <li>This commitee will identify key opportunities and challenges that need to be addressed to encourage data driven change, increase the deployment and adoption of data analytics technologies and make the UK AI ready.</li> </ul> <p>Each Committee will have a maximum of 15 members that will be elected to each Committee for a tenure of two years (February 2018 - February 2020). Please note that only <strong>one</strong> representative per techUK member company is allowed to sit on each of the Leadership Committees at any one time. Members of the Committees must be able to commit to attending and actively participating in activities as set out in the Terms of Reference below.&nbsp;Once the Committee’s have been appointed, elections for the Chair and Vice-Chair for each Committee will begin and be chosen by elected members.&nbsp;</p> <p>To nominate yourself, or a colleague, simply read through the Terms of Reference for each Leadership Committee, complete the nomination form both below and return to Sue Daley (<a href=""></a>)&nbsp;by <strong>6pm on Wednesday 31st January</strong>&nbsp;at the latest. Members are allowed to nominate themselves for both Leadership Committees.</p> <p>Once all nominations has been submitted, an online election for Committee places will be open from <strong>Thursday 1st February</strong> and will close at <strong>17:00</strong> on <strong>Thursday 8th February</strong>. All members of the Cloud, Data Analytics &amp; AI Group <em>(those that receive the group newsletter are automatically a member of the group)</em> are elegible to vote for Committee members.</p> <p>If you are interested in nominating yourself and have any questions about the <a href="focus/programmes/cloud-data-analytics-and-ai" target="_blank">Cloud, Data Analytics and AI</a> Committees and Programme, please don't hesitate to contact Sue Daley.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Charles Forte confirmed as MOD Chief Information Officer Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:47:11 +0000 Andy Johnston (techUK) Today Charles Forte, formerly of Prudential, BP, and Thameswater, was announced as the new CIO of the MOD. <p>techUK would like to congratulate Charles Forte for his appointment to the role of MOD Chief Information Officer. Charles has 36 years industry experience gained from leading Information Technology companies globally. He has previously had the role of CIO at British Petroleum and in an interim position at Thameswater. He was also the Chief Executive Officer of Global IT Service at Prudential.</p> <p>Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, who has been acting both as the Chief Executive Officer of Information Systems &amp; Services (ISS) and the Defence CIO will hand over the latter role to Charles when he joins the Department. Charles is expected to start in post towards the end of January 2018.</p> <p>As part of his new role, Charles will be responsible for the development of MOD strategy and policy on the operation and protection of all MOD Information and Communications Technology, including cybersecurity.</p> <p>techUK looks forward to working with Charles, the senior leadership team within ISS, and the wider information systems and services network across the Department. The appointment of a CIO that sits outside of ISS Corsham could lend itself very well towards even greater integration between the digital elements around the MOD. There is a real impetus within UK Defence to adopt information technologies and utilise data as a force multiplier, the appointment of Charles Forte is a big step towards delivering the digital vision for Defence.</p> techUK Congratulates Matt Hancock on Appointment as Secretary of State for DCMS Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:36:14 +0000 Jeremy Lilley(techUK) techUK CEO welcomes the appointment of Matt Hancock MP to the important role of Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport <blockquote>Commenting on the Cabinet reshuffle, and the appointment of Matt Hancock as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, techUK CEO, Julian David, said:</blockquote> <p><em>“techUK congratulates Matt Hancock on his appointment. He has been a fantastic Minister for Digital and I welcome his continued presence in DCMS. His appointment comes at a critical time for the tech industry with GDPR coming into force later this year, a rapidly digitising economy and continued uncertainty over Brexit. I, and the whole of techUK, look forward to working with him on these and a host of other issues over the coming years.</em></p> <p><em>“I would also like to thank Karen Bradley for all her work as Secretary of State. She was always ready to listen and engage with the tech industry in a highly constructive way, and oversaw many vital pieces of work within the department.</em></p> <p><em>“While many other Cabinet Ministers have stayed in place, we also welcome David Lidington to the Cabinet Office and David Gauke to the Ministry of Justice as excellent appointments in vital Departments for UK tech. We also strongly support the greater recognition given to Social Care and Housing in the new Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government. Both are key domestic policy challenges, and both area areas in which tech will have a significant role to play as part of the solution.”</em></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>For media enquiries please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> techUK CES 2018: DAY 1 (8th Jan). Press Launches Tue, 09 Jan 2018 09:11:47 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Paul Hide, COO at techUK, brings us his round-up from the first day on the ground at CES 2018. <h3 style="text-align: left;">Vegas, here we go! The World’s greatest tech fair is on for the 51st time and, rather than growing old gracefully, it is bigger, brasher and more energetic than ever. 3900 exhibitors are showcasing 20,000 new products and will be seen by 170,000 visitors from 150 countries</h3> <p>Day one is press launch day, where we get to hear from the major tech players about their key new offerings a day before the show floor opens for viewing. The major press launches are dominated by the big consumer brands and the car manufacturers.</p> <p>The message from all the key consumer electronics giants is that everything will be connected, voice control enabling connectivity ease of use is key and artificial intelligence and machine learning will be adopted across all consumer tech devices.</p> <p>I’ve summarised some of the key messages from the key players in this blog. techUK will report in greater detail on the key tech and CE sectors and products launched at CES once we get to visit the booths from tomorrow onwards.</p> <p>LG announced the launch of their new AI platform, ThinQ, which is being applied across all of LG’s consumer home, mobile and in-car offerings. Positioned as ‘AI in everyday products’ and designed to be led by voice control, learning your behavioural and lifestyle preferences LG are positioning this technology as an open solutions platform to enable LG products and technology to connect with other manufacturers’ offerings. LG are promoting their alliance with Google Assistant as the interface for connected home devices, accessed through ‘Chloe’, a table top, voice activated, ‘AI Assistant’, in the mini robot mould.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_1.jpg" alt="Image 1" width="464" height="261" /></p> <p>Panasonic, who no longer see the traditional consumer electronics AV products as a key sector for them in the USA, talked about their broader aims across the total connected infrastructure, from homes, to vehicles, to road networks. They announced a third-generation communications network for airlines that will provide 20 times the current data speeds for passengers. Panasonic have a strong partnership with Amazon Alexa to jointly develop the next generation of in-vehicle communications and user interfaces. Two thirds of Panasonic’s revenues now come from connected world devices so, as the company enters its 101st year of existence, this sector will be its primary focus. Panasonic referenced its commitment to sustainable energy technologies as the No.1 producer of electric vehicle battery technology, supplying the likes of Tesla and Toyota.</p> <p>Samsung had the biggest, brashest, slickest press launch of the day along with the biggest line of delegates queuing to hear what is new in 2018. It talked about the 3 core Samsung strategies of Investment, Connectivity and Intelligence. It made a bold claim that, by 2020, that every Samsung device sold will have AI capability and cloud connectivity as it too focused on connectivity and open standards, driven by its propriety SmartThings Cloud service and Family Hub home and in-car connected platform. As well as compatibility with Android and IOS operating systems and partnerships with Google and Amazon, Samsung will continue to develop its own Bixby voice control interface. Samsung launched its new Micro LED TV technology, the winner of this year’s CES ‘Best Innovation’ accolade. This technology utilised self-light emitting LEDs which delivers picture quality claimed to out perform the current OLED industry leading picture quality standard. Micro LED technology also allows the building of module displays, enabling up to 146” screen sizes.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_2.jpg" alt="Image 2" width="640" height="480" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Sony’s launch re-iterated its heritage across Video, Audio and Imaging categories and a focus on the detail of the 2018 product range. Its strength and focus on gaming, with over 73 million PlayStation units sold, will be retained. Sony was one of the first to showcase robots and those that remember the original Aibo robot dog will be pleased to hear that it makes a comeback in 2018. Sony also made several references to connected and AI technologies along with its links to autonomous vehicles.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_3.jpg" alt="Image 3" width="1378" height="1033" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Possibly the biggest challenger to the ‘Big 4’ home AV manufacturers (LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony) are Hisense. The Chinese CE manufacturer is rapidly growing its global market share, investing in brand exposure through sponsorship of this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia. The press launch focussed on Home AV technologies, in particular its range of super-sized Laser Projection TVs. These short throw DLP projection TVs deliver some of the biggest screen sizes available for the home. Up until now it has led the ‘size matters’ war with their 100” Laser TV. At CES they announced a new 150” TV which definitely puts it in front in terms of the biggest available (for now at least).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_4.jpg" alt="Image 4" width="464" height="464" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The motor vehicle sector again has a strong presence at CES.</p> <p>Toyota is forecasting a fully electric vehicle (EV) line up by 2025. It unveiled its e-Palette autonomous EV, delivering highly customisable options including ridesharing and social collaboration. E-Pallette is an industry alliance with a broad range or partners, including Amazon, Mazda, Uber, DiDi (Chinese ride-sharing company) and Pizza Hut. The common goal is the development of ‘Mobility as a Service’ solutions, an example being the transportation of goods and services within standardised containers onboard autonomous electric delivery pods.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_5.jpg" alt="Image 5" width="464" height="348" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Intel announced a partnership with Ferrari, bringing AI to the Ferrari challenge series as well as a partnership with Mobileye for autonomous vehicle development. In fact Intel is going far beyond earth based vehicle technologies as its partnership with NASA to evaluate how AI can support space exploration demonstrates.</p> <p>Qualcomm announced a partnership with Jaguar Land Rover, Honda and BYD to bring SnapDragon infotainment to vehicles.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/Image_6.jpg" alt="Image 6" width="1378" height="1033" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Volkswagen and NVIDIA are to collaborate on AI integration and Nissan launched its Intelligent Mobility programme and is showcasing the new Leaf electric car.</p> <p>That’s 12 hours of launches compressed into a few paragraphs. Stay tuned for more show news over the coming days.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: nCube Brings Simplicity to the Connected Home at CES 2018 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:21:21 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) British smart home brand nCube will launch its latest product at CES designed to be 'the brain at the heard of your home'. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK-based smart home technology company <a href="">nCube</a> will launch its modular smart home platform, as well as a new range of smart home devices at CES 2018.</h3> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/nCube_hub_being_stacked_500x.jpg" alt="nCube hub being stacked 500x" width="500" height="350" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>From allowing you to control everything from heating to lighting, music to sensors, <a href="">nCube</a> positions itself as ‘the brain at the heart of your home’ and provides ambience, security, safety and energy efficiency to the modern connected home through an attractive modular design. The company will also be at CES 2018 to show off an array of smart home products that can be controlled using the platform, including smart window sensors, motion sensors, flood sensors, as well as smart plugs, light bulbs and switches.</p> <p>Philip Steele, CEO of <a href="">nCube</a> expressed his intentions as to why the show is important in 2018:</p> <p>“The connected home is really gathering momentum and CES will be a great place to showcase the progress we have made in creating a product that will make these products easier for consumers to use. From a market development perspective as well, CES will give us a great opportunity to meet with other smart home producers, as well as retailers and distributors and provide us with in-roads for growth in 2018. For this reasons we are very excited to be attending the show this year.”</p> <p>Find Mous at Stand 40118</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Essex County Council Challenge Dementia Mon, 08 Jan 2018 16:00:00 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) Want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? A chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this challenge <p>Do you want to make a lasting impact on the lives of 850,000 people living with Dementia in the UK? Do you want the chance to win £100,000 by developing a solution to support this growing challenge?</p> <p>These are not opening lines that you would naturally associate with the work of a Local Authority but Essex County Council see things quite differently.</p> <p>On the 19th January 2018 Essex County Council is launching <strong>Challenge Dementia</strong>, the second in a series of Challenge Prizes developed to identify solutions to some of the most complex problems facing its residents.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Essex_Challenge_Prize.jpg" alt="Essex Challenge Prize" /></p> <p>Challenge Dementia is a nationwide search for innovative and creative ideas that can support people to live well with Dementia. The prize team, supported by the <strong>Centre for Challenge Prizes</strong> at <strong>Nesta</strong>, are particularly interested in engaging the ‘Unusual Suspects’ and encouraging people to apply who can view the problem through a different lens.</p> <p><em>‘You might be a tech expert; a community activist; a designer; architect; or something else entirely’</em></p> <p>Individuals living with Dementia find it difficult to remain connected to the people and places around them. This leaves them feeling alone and frustrated, unable to do the things they once enjoyed and losing their sense of identity. Challenge Dementia is a real opportunity to do something different, to create new and innovative ideas to enable people living with Dementia to live a purposeful life for as long as possible.</p> <p>The Challenge Dementia prize is looking for ideas with potential at this stage. They might include an easy to use service that keeps people connected to their family or friends; a programme that helps and encourages people to keep in contact with the places they love from walking outdoors to enjoying a pint at their local pub; or even a digital solution that helps people connect with their community according to their likes.</p> <p>Up to ten shortlisted finalists will be given the opportunity to work with a range of sector leaders including Business Mentors from <strong>techUK</strong> as well as PA Consulting, Alzheimer’s Society and the University of Essex.</p> <p>In addition to the non-financial support, finalists will receive a micro-grant of £5,000 each to develop and test their idea with people living with Dementia over a five month period before presenting their Business Case in a Dragon’s Den style pitch to a panel of national judges that includes the voice of people living with Dementia. The panel will decide who receives the £100,000 prize with the announcement to be made at Awards Evening in London in December.</p> <p>The prize closes to entries on the 13th April. To find out more <a href="" target="_blank">visit the website.</a><a href=""><br /></a></p> <p><em>Not thinking of entering? Then perhaps you’d think about being one of the techUK Business Mentors. Could you share your experience and knowledge to support emerging ideas? Keep a look out for more details to follow.</em></p> <p><img src="images/assets/Challenge_Dementia_Prize_Timeline.jpg" alt="Challenge Dementia Prize Timeline" /></p> <p>Notes</p> <ul> <li>Challenge Dementia opens to entries 19th January 2018 as part of Essex Dementia Day</li> <li>Following the closing date on the 13th April applications will be judged by the panel against pre-determined judging criteria set out on the website</li> <li>Full Terms and Conditions are set out on the website</li> <li>For all enquires please contact Nicole North or Benjamin Mann at <a href=""></a></li> </ul> <p><img src="images/assets/Logo_BLK_003.png" alt="Logo BLK 003" /></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> Sponsorship Opportunities - techUK Events Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:37:00 +0000 Rohit Sharma (techUK) Complete the online form to receive further information about sponsoring a techUK flagship event <p>Throughout the year, techUK hosts a range of events, from intimate dinners to large scale conferences, each carefully developed to reach the right target audience. The events present sponsors with the opportunity to develop their position as a thought leader by sharing a platform with sector leaders; meet key government and regulatory stakeholders; and network with peers and potential customers.</p> <p>In addition, all sponsors benefit from a range of brand awareness raising activities as part of their sponsorship. Take a look at our 2018 events calendar by downloading it via the link below.</p> <p>If anything is of interest and to discuss opportunities please fill in the following form:</p> <p><span style="font-size: 16px;">{loadposition sponsorship-opportunities}</span></p> <p>For more information, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: Speechmatics to Showcase Real-Time Transcription at CES 2018 Mon, 08 Jan 2018 11:24:42 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) British company Speechmatics will showcase new instantaneous real-time transcription software in Las Vegas. <h3>techUK CES 2018: British company <a href="">Speechmatics</a> is powering a speech-enabled future as it heads to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Pavilion at CES 2018</h3> <p>techUK CES 2018: British company <a href="">Speechmatics</a> is powering a speech-enabled future as it heads to the Great Britain and Northern Ireland Pavilion at CES 2018</p> <p><a href="">Speechmatics</a> is a leading provider of Automatic Speech Recognition technology based on decades of experience in neural networks. With its technology covering 72 unique languages, the company will be showcasing its Real-Time Virtual Appliance where users are able to plug <a href="">Speechmatics’</a> new software directly into an audio stream and get instantaneous real-time transcription.</p> <p>Benedikt Von Thüngen, CEO of <a href="">Speechmatics</a>, outlined why CES is a crucial event for it to attend:</p> <p>“Much of the current hype is around virtual personal assistants, or VPAs, such as Alexa and Siri. However, what will truly disrupt the consumer market is conversational speech technology that adapts to the user and functions across different devices. This is the message that we want to push at the show and achieve the scale and growth we feel is possible in 2018. With CES being the biggest consumer-focused show in the world, our attendance is an opportunity to reach the North-American market and allow us to explore key consumer verticals.”</p> <p>Find Speechmatics at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: University of Southampton's Future Worlds Incubator Returns to CES Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:06:56 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) The Future Worlds incubator will return to CES to showcase the University's innovative startups and spinouts. <h3>techUK CES 2018: AI, 3D audio and language innovations from the University of Southampton’s Future Worlds incubator will be exhibited at CES 2018 for a third year running</h3> <p>Researchers and students from the University of Southampton will lead the UK’s university presence at CES 2018. Entrepreneurs from the University’s <a href="">Future Worlds</a> incubator will give live demonstrations of three featured products: an immersive 3D audio soundbar, an artificial intelligence (AI) powered video analytics platform and an intuitive language app to teach the Japanese writing system.</p> <p>Associate Professor Filippo Fazi and Research Fellow Dr Marcos Simón will demonstrate <a href="">Soton Audio Labs</a>, a groundbreaking system that creates immersive 3D audio from a single soundbar. The technology uses image processing with a built-in camera to track the location of the viewer in the room, and delivers a perfect 3D experience using destructive and constructive sound cancellation techniques.</p> <p>Computer Vision expert, Daniel Martinho-Corbishley, will showcase <a href="">Aura Vision Labs</a>, a cloud-based video analytics platform that harnesses the latest innovations in AI to generate valuable data for uses in high-tech retail and future smart cities. The platform, which is built on cutting-edge PhD research, uses state-of-the-art ‘deep learning’ technology to extract useful information about how people look and move from live footage captured on low-cost cameras and existing security systems.</p> <p>Web scientist, Travis Ralph-Donaldson, will bring a hands-on demonstration of <a href="">Handy Kanji</a>, an iOS app that gamifies the teaching of the Japanese writing system. The application uses intelligent stroke recognition and scoring algorithms to teach hundreds of Japanese Kanji characters.</p> <p>Dr Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds director, comments:</p> <p>“Future Worlds is excited to bring cutting-edge innovations from the University of Southampton to CES for the third year running. We are proud to showcase how we have grown a unique on-campus start-up culture and have been incubating some of the brightest entrepreneurial minds in the world today. We hope that this will drive greater interest from investors and prospective start-ups.”</p> <p>Find Future Worlds and the University of Southampton at Stand 52315 and 52317, Eureka Park.</p> <p>For more information, please contact <a href=""></a> or call +44 7976 601233 for more information or to arrange a visit to the stand.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Opportunities for Fintechs to Enter International Markets Fri, 05 Jan 2018 15:11:10 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) The City of London Corporation will run a series of events to help UK fintechs expand into India. <p><strong>The City of London Corporation is running a series of events to help UK fintechs take up opportunities in the international market. Their first focus will be India.</strong></p> <p>Across 2018, City of London will run a series of India-UK Fintech-specific events culminating in a delegation to India headed by the Lord Mayor in October 2018.&nbsp;The focus will be on:</p> <ul> <li>Helping companies understand the opportunity in India following massive economic reforms - what does that mean for UK Fintechs?</li> <li>Offering companies a platform to create links with stakeholders in India.</li> <li>Helping companies get their voice heard by policy makers on challenges in the Indian market.</li> <li>Providing a network of support for companies looking to expand to India.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Preliminary Schedule of events</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Jan 2018 (tbc): Roundtable at Indian High Commission London with UK Fintechs – re newly launched Access India Programme as well as a chance to raise awareness of challenges facing UK Fintechs.&nbsp;</li> <li>1 March - 26 Feb: DIT Organised Event in Mumbai &amp; Delhi (including roundtables with the Indian Ministry of Finance).&nbsp;</li> <li>July (tbc): Learning Event on finance sector reforms in India and how UK companies can take advantage.&nbsp;</li> <li>8th Oct 2018: Lord Mayor Delegation – Mumbai &amp; Bangalore, variety of stakeholder meetings.</li> </ul> <p><strong>The City of London Corporation is keen to talk to any companies interested in international expansion in India and elsewhere.</strong>&nbsp;<strong>For more information please get in touch with <a href="">Jack Brooks</a> and <a href="">Amar Mistry</a>.</strong></p> <p>The City of London Corporation is an apolitical public sector organisation that represents the UK’s financial services companies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Smart Energy & Utilities Update January 2018 Fri, 05 Jan 2018 14:08:49 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) Smart Energy and Utilities Update January 2018 | Non-Domestic Smart Energy Management Innovation Competition <p>Welcome to the latest edition of techUK's Smart Energy &amp; Utilities Newsletter.</p> <p>For further techUK and market related news <a href="services/newsletters">sign up to our SmarterUK newsletter</a> which provides a monthly roundup of activities within the whole forum.</p> <hr /> <p>This will be my last newsletter for the Smart Energy &amp; Utilities Programme. I will shortly be joining the Smart Meter Implementation Programme within Government (BEIS) to continue work on smart energy innovation. It has been a pleasure working with many of you over the past 2 years, and I am sure I will see a number of you in my new role. I wish you all success for the future, and a Happy New Year.</p> <p>We are still recruiting for my replacement covering Smart Energy and IoT - <a href="">more details here</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> IoD Calls for Open Partnership with Public Sector Fri, 05 Jan 2018 12:00:03 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) Digital skills and data sharing key to delivering ‘smarter services’ <p><img src="images/assets/Fotolia_89617027_XS.jpg" alt="Fotolia 89617027 XS" width="698" height="466" /></p> <p>This week the Institute of Directors (IoD) released a <a href="">report</a> calling on the public sector to have an ‘open partnership’ with business to enable ministers to ‘deliver the high quality digital services that citizens expect’. The 30,000 member organisation (supported by techUK member Atos) warned in the report that Whitehall does not currently make adequate use of private sector expertise, and that better use of data is needed to make services more productive.</p> <p>The IoD report reflects techUK’s <a href="images/smarter_services_DIGITAL_FINAL.pdf">Smarter Services: Delivering the Next Wave of Digital Transformation in the Public Sector</a> recommendations calling for digital skills and data sharing to be key components to public service transformation. These recommendations draw on the findings from techUK’s Civil Servants Survey 2017 of over 940 civil servants from all grades and across the country. The survey shows that there is a lot of good work being done on public service transformation and most civil servants (79 per cent) agree that there is an appetite amongst citizens for conducting more interactions with Government online. However, a shortage of skills and capabilities is regarded as the largest barrier to tech adoption in Government; 57 per cent of respondents saw it as a problem, an increase on last year.</p> <p><strong>Public Sector Innovation</strong></p> <p>During last year’s <a href="insights/opinions/item/11742-making-the-case-for-govtech-smes">SME Campaign Week</a> on government transformation techUK sought to raise awareness of the fundamental role innovative GovTech SMEs have in the transformation of public services. As demonstrated by <a href="">techUK’s 2017 SME Survey</a>, the Government is on the right track to make it easier for innovative GovTech SMEs to supply to government with a majority of respondents viewing frameworks such as G-cloud as being useful for SMEs to access the public sector market. However, 95 per cent stated that government should be doing more to improve the experiences of SMEs as part of the supply chain.</p> <p>Rob Driver, Head of Public Sector at techUK commented:</p> <p><em>“It is clear from the views of business leaders, civil servants and GovTech SMEs that there is an urgent need to improve engagement between the tech industry and government to expose civil servants to the innovative technology that’s available in the fast moving UK market. There are pockets of strong engagement with the tech industry across the public sector, but there is still much room for improvement.”</em></p> <p><em>“The public sector has come a long way in a short amount of time and deserves its place amongst the World’s most innovative. However, to successfully deliver end-to-end transformation Government needs to both embrace new technologies and new ways of delivering services that ‘Digital’ makes possible. To ensure the Government has access to the best innovative technologies, techUK will be building on the strong relationships we already have with central and local government to deliver a range of market engagement events in 2018.”</em></p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">The Future of Public Sector ICT Procurement</a><br /><a href="">Making the Case for GovTech SMEs</a><br /><a href="civil-servants-survey/main_findings">Smarter Services: Delivering the Next Wave of Digital Transformation in the Public Sector</a></p> Guest Blog: Kino-mo to Bring New Dimension to Visual Advertising at CES Fri, 05 Jan 2018 11:21:50 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) London-based company developing visual solutions, Kino-mo, will return to CES to showcasing its latest holographic technology. <h3>techUK CES 2018: London-based company developing visual solutions, <a href="">Kino-mo</a>, will return to CES after a successful first appearance in 2017 showcasing its latest holographic technology Hypervsn™ Wall.</h3> <p><a href="">Kino-mo</a> is an award-winning British company developing hi-tech visual technologies. From a start-up backed by world-recognised investors Mark Cuban and Sir Richard Branson, <a href="">Kino-mo</a> has grown into a globally emerging company developing and delivering smart, emotionally compelling and visually impactful solutions.</p> <p>Art Stavenka, Co-Founder of <a href="">Kino-mo</a>, explains why they are returning to CES this year:</p> <p>“Right after our global launch of HypervsnTM last year, we received an array of awards including Top 3 British Innovations of the Year and was named among World’s 10 Most Impressive Technologies by Mashable and USA Today. The media coverage and interest we received at CES 2017 was incredible. We aim to deliver our technology everywhere around the world, continuously expanding our partner network worldwide. CES provides a great opportunity for us to do this and we look forward to joining other leading tech businesses at the Pavilion this year”</p> <p>Find <a href="">Kino-mo</a> at Tech East zone, LVCC, South Hall 1, Booth 21039</p> <p>For more information, please visit: <a href=""></a></p> techUK Response to BEIS Consultation on Carbon and Energy Reporting Fri, 05 Jan 2018 10:26:51 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) The government is currently considering whether more companies should be reporting on carbon and energy in their company accounts. <p>BEIS’ consultation on streamlined energy and carbon reporting follows the decision to scrap the deeply unpopular CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme after the 2018/19 compliance year.</p> <p>Government is considering how to replace the reporting element of the scheme and is considering: mandatory annual reporting through company accounts; new qualification thresholds to capture a larger population of businesses; and whether companies should also publically disclose what action they have taken on energy efficiency.</p> <p>UK quoted companies are already required to report annually on their greenhouse gas emissions, including those emitted outside of the UK, in their annual reports. The government is intending to retain this requirement but asks whether global energy use should also be disclosed.</p> <p>In its response, techUK calls for government to:</p> <p><strong>Set minimum requirements</strong>: techUK is concerned that the proposals outlined by the government in this consultation represent a far more onerous approach than we had anticipated. It fails to recognise that greenhouse gas measurement and reporting is now a mainstream activity of the world’s leading companies, and has become part of the overall business strategy. However, for other, less motivated companies, perhaps because energy and carbon is considered to be neither a strategic, reputational or cost issue, there is a role for government reporting schemes to provide guidance on what to measure, how to do it and how to disclose that information.</p> <p><strong>Go with the grain of existing best business practice</strong>: We support the government’s intention to exclude CCA and EU ETS energy use/emissions from reporting obligations. But we believe this should go further by exempting all businesses participating in recognised reporting and disclosure frameworks, equivalent measures, such as the CDP and TCFD.</p> <p><strong>Move away from box ticking and encourage a narrative approach</strong>: It is the experience of our members that a narrative approach, underpinned by appropriate metrics, describing the work that has been undertaken to address energy use and carbon reduction and the work that is planned in future is a far more effective way to encourage and demonstrate continual progress whilst ensuring previous activity is fully recognised.</p> <p><strong>Set appropriate thresholds</strong>: We believe that the ex-CRC qualification threshold would be an appropriate threshold. This should be reassessed annually, with the option for companies which fall below the threshold to continue reporting should they wish to do so. However, disclosing energy use and, in some cases, disclosure against certain energy intensity metrics, can be commercially sensitive.</p> <p><strong>Give companies the opportunity to either report via reports or via their website</strong>: Carbon reporting should be accessible but we question whether company reports are the right vehicle for this information in all cases. Rather, it should be left to companies to either disclose in their annual reports, or if more appropriate, provide a link to the information in a prominent place on their website.</p> <p>For more information, please download our response in full.</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> Isn’t it Time IoT Devices Were ‘Secure by Default’? Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:35:39 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Security continues to be a key consumer concern. But what does this mean for devices and the companies innovating in this space? Gemserv’s Sean Gulliford takes a look. <blockquote>The Internet of Things (IoT) has incredible potential to impact and improve the way we live, with innovative solutions being proposed across multiple market verticals. However, for the IoT to reach its full potential, security must be taken more seriously.</blockquote> <p>You wouldn’t consider connecting a PC to the internet without first ensuring that the latest updates were patched, and some form of anti-virus software installed. So why do consumers and businesses connect IoT devices to the internet without the same consideration?</p> <p>The first thing to realise is that there is very little difference between a PC and an IoT device at a network level; both can communicate using standard protocols and therefore, once connected, are able to communicate with any other device on the internet, both essentially speak the same language, and are defined by software to specify their function.</p> <p>However, unlike PCs, that have the resources to run additional anti-malware applications, IoT devices can be resource constrained and therefore it is important that security is built in from the start. Any IoT device should therefore be “Secure by Default” , meaning that it meets a certain level of security without required intervention from the user. As a minimum this should include:</p> <ul> <li>Protected access to the device via a unique password, not a default password shared across multiple devices</li> <li>The capability to support secure remote updates.</li> <li>The ability to encrypt and protect sensitive data.</li> </ul> <p>Consumers should ensure that a device meets these basic security criteria before connecting. Businesses that host IoT devices must understand that these devices form part of the organisations IT network, and therefore should be included in any security audit (e.g. ISO27001).</p> <p>Whilst the pace of IoT innovation puts pressure on the ability to regulate these devices it should be noted that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and Network Information Systems (NIS) directive both come into force in May this year. Both regulatory measures have the potential to impact IoT devices and systems, for example:</p> <ul> <li>Article 32 of the GDPR defines the requirements regarding “security and processing” of personal data, specifically listing the key security triad of confidentiality, integrity and availability. Therefore, an IoT device that collects and stores personal data is likely to be required to meet these regulatory requirements.</li> <li>The NIS directive is concerned with the protection of essential services such as transport, water, energy, health and digital infrastructure, against cyber-attacks. IoT devices employed as part of any essential service will likely fall under this directive.</li> </ul> <p>It should also be noted that the Department for Digital, Culture, Media &amp; Sport (DCMS) is developing a “Secure by Default” code of practice that will provide essential guidance to both businesses and consumers.</p> <p>In summary,</p> <ul> <li>The IoT has enormous potential but more must be done to understand and communicate the potential risks that insecure devices pose.</li> <li>Consumers should be aware of the minimum-security requirements for an IoT Device before connecting.</li> <li>Businesses and Service Providers should ensure that IoT devices are “Secure by Default” and meet best practice requirements.</li> <li>Businesses must include IoT devices in any network security audit and understand the impact of the GDPR and the NIS directive, coming into force May this year.</li> </ul> <p><sup>_______</sup></p> <p><sup>[i] <a href="" target="_blank"></a></sup><br /><sup>[ii] <a href="" target="_blank"></a></sup><br /><sup>[iii] <a href="" target="_blank"></a></sup></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Post written by Sean Gulliford, Principal Consultant - Connected Devices, <a href="" target="_blank">Gemserv</a>.</strong></p> <p><strong>020 7090 1075</strong></p> <p><strong><br /></strong></p> <p><a href="insights/reports/item/11743-the-connected-home-a-view-of-the-uk-market-and-future-trends" target="_blank"><img src="images/Connected_Home_2017_Cover.png" alt="Connected Home 2017 Cover" width="170" height="239" style="float: left;" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>This post is part of a recently launched initiative looking at trends&nbsp;in the Connected Home market. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to find out more.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For further information on techUK's Connected Home work contact <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p> Big Energy Saving Week. 22nd to 28th January Fri, 05 Jan 2018 09:00:00 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) A national initiative backed by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Energy Saving Trust. <p>This&nbsp;national&nbsp;campaign will be delivered through partnerships via the media and hundreds of events organised by Citizens Advice taking place across the UK.</p> <p>The overall aim is to help householders take practical steps to cut their energy bills by encouraging them to check they are on the best deal and to save energy by taking control of their heating and electricity and using the smart technologies available.</p> <p>For more information on the campaign and how to involve your business click on the link below:</p> <p><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=9029084_Resend%20of%20BESW17%20email%20to%20business%20contacts&amp;dm_i=N26,5DIVW,LITTEH,KSCX1,1" target="_blank">Big Energy Saving Week Registration</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> HM Treasury Announces International Fintech Conference Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:49:06 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Treasury Fintech Conference will bring UK talent together with international investors. <p><strong>HM Treasury will host the&nbsp;2nd International FinTech Conference 22nd March 2018</strong></p> <p>Showcasing the UK’s world-leading FinTech sector, this exciting one-day programme will connect the world’s biggest domestic and international investors with the best UK FinTechs in a central London location.</p> <p>The conference will bring together the biggest names in global FinTech amid panel discussions and workshops demonstrating how the UK continues to lead the way in supporting innovation and FinTech growth. Speakers last year included&nbsp;Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, as well as global leaders from industry.</p> <p>The International FinTech Conference provides a platform to pitch to the biggest international investors at a unique event in the world’s leading global FinTech hub, supported by the biggest names in the global FinTech industry.</p> <p>You can get involved in this opportunity by attending the conference or in being an exhibitor.</p> <p><strong>Register your interest directly on the <a href="">International Fintech Conference website</a>.</strong></p> <p>Attendees will be selected by an expert panel and invitations will be issued nearer the time.</p> Tech Sector Luminaries Feature in New Year Honours List Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:31:29 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK offers our heartfelt congratulations to all those on the New Year Honours list <p>The tech sector was well-represented in the New Year Honours list for 2018 – a clear sign of how our industry is now helping to shape a modern society for all. techUK was proud to see our president, <strong>Jacqueline de Rojas</strong>, awarded a CBE and would like to congratulate the other leading lights from the tech sector who were honoured and whose work has been pivotal in shaping our growing, thriving digital economy in the UK.</p> <p>From <strong>Demis Hassabis</strong>, CEO, DeepMind Technologies, receiving recognition for his services to science and technology through his work on artificial intelligence to <strong>Ron Kalifa</strong>’s financial services innovation at WorldPay to <strong>Dana Tobak</strong>, managing director of Hyperoptic receiving a CBE for her services to the digital economy, the UK showed itself to be a hotbed of innovation for high growth areas within technology.</p> <p>It was great to see the contribution made by our thriving cyber security sector recognised as well, particularly due to the direct impact that this area has on our lives with the uptick in cyber-warfare and crime. Thanks and congratulations to <strong>Sian John</strong>, executive security advisor at Microsoft, and <strong>Bernard Parson</strong>, CEO at BeCrypt. Sian John is the vice chair and Bernard is an active member in techUK’s Cyber Security Management Committee, so it’s great to see their passion acknowledged.</p> <p>Entrepreneur <strong>Vin Muria</strong>, <strong>Adetunji Akintokun</strong> of Cisco and Leanne Bonner-Cooke of Evolve all received honours this year as a result of their work in diversity and inclusion. Although there is still work to be done in these areas, we’d like to thank these individuals for their continued dedication and we’ll continue to support their efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the coming years.</p> <p>We were also delighted to see <strong>Ken Olisa</strong>, IT industry veteran with a career spanning more than three decades, knighted for his services to business and philanthropy.</p> <p>This year’s awards highlighted how innovative our tech sector is and acknowledged the unrelenting dedication of our leaders. We’d like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all those on the New Year Honours list and look forward to being part of the incredible work our industry will contribute in the next year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> BrightSparks. Competition to find the Design Engineers of Tomorrow Thu, 04 Jan 2018 14:53:14 +0000 Paul Hide (techUK) Electronics Weekly has teamed up with RS Components to highlight the brightest and most talented young electronic engineers in the UK today. <p>Following on from a succesful 2017 BrightSparks programme, 2018 sees the launch of this year's search for our engineers of tomorrow, celebrating the very best of UK based talent.</p> <p>RS chief executive Lindsley Ruth hails the EW BrightSparks programme, commenting: "We are very pleased and proud to announce that we will be running a new EW BrightSparks programme for 2018".</p> <p>"We will be looking for the young engineers who are already making a difference in the first years of their working life, or who are still studying but are showing the promise to become the people behind big future innovations in electronics".</p> <p>"Why are we doing this? We believe that by celebrating the achievements of the most talented young people in the electronics world, we can play a significant role in inspiring and encouraging new entrants to the industry. This is particularly important in the context of the industry’s well-publicised skills gap and the efforts of the UK government and other organisations to encourage greater take-up in schools and universities of STEM and engineering-related subjects".</p> <p>Paul Hide, techUK, will again join the judging panel, with the winners announced on the 3rd May.</p> <p>For more information on the programme and to enter your bright sparks click on the link below:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">BrightSparks</a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> EBA Opinion on PSD2 Transition Period Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:45:33 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) EBA issues guidance to national authorities on the transition period under PSD2 <p><strong>The European Banking Authority (EBA) has published an <a href="">Opinion</a> which offers guidance to national authorities on the transition from the existing Payment Services Directive (PSD1) to the revised Directive (PSD2), which will apply from 13 January 2018.&nbsp;</strong></p> <p>PSD2 has conferred on the EBA the development of twelve Technical Standards and Guidelines covering a number of different areas, including authorisation, passporting, payment security, account access, and consumer protection. However, by the application date of PSD2, 13 January 2018, some of the EBA deliverables will not yet be applicable, either because they have not been completed or because PSD2 itself envisages that certain security-related provisions will be applicable after its application date. Finally, PSD2 also foresees that some groups of providers will not have to comply with all PSD2 requirements from its application date.</p> <p>The <a href="">EBA Opinion</a> provides advice to competent authorities on a number of items, including:</p> <ul> <li>Clarification that even if an EBA instrument does not yet apply, the underlying provision in PSD2 does.</li> <li>Guidance re the transitional period under Article 115(4) from 13 January 2018 until the Technical Standards on Strong Customer Authentication and Common and Secure Communication apply (aka EBA/RTS), including the advice that payment services providers comply early with the requirements.</li> <li>Direction as to how and when the existing EBA Guidelines on the security of internet payments under PSD1 will be superseded by the provisions in PSD2 and the related EBA instruments.</li> </ul> Open Banking Technical Design Workshops Thu, 04 Jan 2018 11:26:20 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Invitation for experts to Open Banking technical workshops - Jan 17 and 18 <p><strong>Open Banking will hold two Open Banking Workshops - attendees welcome.</strong></p> <p><strong>Date: 17th and 18th January, 10am-4.30pm (09:30 am for registration &amp; breakfast).</strong></p> <p><strong>Venue: <a href="">Etc Venues</a>,&nbsp;8 Eastcheap, EC3M 1AE</strong></p> <p>This is a Technical Design Workshop and Open Banking are looking for <strong>technical architects and product specialists from ASPSPs and TPPs</strong> covering BOTH personal and business current banking (including current accounts and flexi savings accounts) AND credit cards and e-money accounts.</p> <p><strong>Please book your attendance by emailing direct to <a href=""></a>&nbsp;by COB Tuesday 9th January.</strong></p> <p>​The purpose of the workshop is to review the technical specifications for all <a href="">Roadmap items</a> which are due for delivery in February 2018. The page references below refer to the <a href="">Roadmap</a>.</p> <p>The two days will broadly cover the following structure:-</p> <p><strong>Day 1 - 17 Jan</strong></p> <ul> <li>Review technical specifications for PSD2 in-scope accounts (Sterling) [P20], with discussions around utilisation of existing endpoints and how these can be expanded for other payment account that are in scope, e.g. credit cards. We will also focus on new fields that need to be added to these endpoints and we will look at the requirement to create a statement endpoint which will provide summary statement information.</li> <li>Design update on products endpoint for open data for standardised backbook products (PCA &amp; BCA) [P1] &amp; progress update on service quality metrics (as per CMA Order) [P12].</li> <li>It would be very helpful for the credit card and e-Money SME’s to attend the first day.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p><strong>Day 2 - 18 Jan</strong></p> <ul> <li>Discuss and review technical specifications for confirmation of funds&nbsp;[P6] &amp; two way notification of revocation&nbsp;[P2].</li> <li>Update major decision for future-dated payments and standing orders [P5].</li> </ul> <p>Breakfast and lunch will be provided, please indicate if you have any dietary requirements.</p> <p><strong>Please book your attendance by emailing direct to&nbsp;<a href=""></a>&nbsp;by COB Tuesday 9th January.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: Studio 19 Brings Audio Innovation to CES Thu, 04 Jan 2018 09:51:54 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) UK precision engineering audio company looks to expand global footprint through presence at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. <h3>techUK CES 2018: UK start-up, <a href="">Studio 19</a>, explains why it was determined to be part of the Great Britain and Northern Ireland pavilion at CES this year</h3> <p>Studio 19 is a British audio product design studio which takes existing technologies and orchestrates them into stylish, high-quality products. The company’s first speaker range, the Solo Series, redefines portable audio with precision engineering and exceptional quality. The company is committed to expanding its global footprint and approached DiT and techUK to support their efforts at CES 2018.</p> <p>Hoj Parmar, CEO of Studio 19, explains why CES is an important part of the business plan this year:</p> <p>“CES is a fantastic platform for us to launch our new products and engage with potential end users and distributors. We know we have the right product but getting it in front of the people is hard. We want global exposure and are currently targeting the UK &amp; Europe, the Middle East, USA and Asia Pacific regions. Budgets are always tight for start-ups and the whole process of exhibiting at a major show can be daunting. With the expertise and knowledge offered by Tradefair/DiT, this whole process has been made very easy and we just can’t wait to kick off the show.”</p> <p>Find Studio 19 at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit&nbsp;<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> Jacqueline de Rojas Awarded CBE for Services to International Trade in Tech Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:07:55 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) techUK president amongst several tech innovators recognised in the New Year’s Honours List <p>The tech industry featured heavily in the New Year’s Honours for 2018 and techUK’s own president was deeply honoured to be recognised. Jacqueline de Rojas received a CBE in recognition of her service to international trade in the UK tech sector. She joins other key tech evangelists including several techUK members.</p> <p>Julian David, techUK CEO, said: “Jacqueline’s passion for UK tech has helped propel our sector’s innovation across the globe. This commendation is a clear acknowledgement of her incredible work to date and I’m sure it won’t stop there. We are also thrilled to see so many tech entrepreneurs recognised as part of the New Year’s Honours List. All these exceptionally passionate people have been a driving force in ensuring that tech innovation is at the heart of the UK’s economy. Congratulations to all those on the Honours List this year.”</p> <p>Jacqueline de Rojas went on to say: “To be included in the New Year Honours List is an incredible endorsement of the progress made by the UK tech industry. We are a digital nation of significance and must now prepare to embrace a future where tech underpins a thriving open economy that provides for all UK citizens - skills, inclusion and diversity must all be at the forefront of this change.”</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="images/assets/Harri_T/JDR_NYHL_2018.jpg" alt="JDR NYHL 2018" width="446" height="317" style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Guest Blog: doppel Wants the US to De-Stress at CES This Year Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:01:54 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) doppel CEO Dr. Fotini Markopoulou, will be showcasing its revolutionary wearable tech at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. <h3>techUK CES 2018: London-based wearable start-up, <a href="">doppel</a>, explains why it values being part of Great Britain and Northern Ireland pavilion at CES</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">doppel</a> is a British wearable tech company producing devices designed to reduce stress for those who sport them. The company was founded by Dr Fotini Markopoulou, Jack Hooper, Andreas Bilicki and Nell Bennett in 2014 after they met on the Innovation Design Engineering joint MSc/MA course at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art. It has received considerable interest from future customers with a highly successful Kickstarter program and global press coverage.</p> <p>Dr. Fotini Markopoulou, CEO of <a href="">doppel</a>, explains why CES is an important event to maintain business momentum:</p> <p>“Stress is now an epidemic, with one in five of us suffering. Many of us find our lives and jobs are high pressure, and mental performance is essential. Yoga or meditation can be relaxing but many of us don’t have the time. <a href="">doppel</a> is a unique solution that’s easy to use, natural and effective. This is the message that we want to get across to the US market at CES this year. We believe it could be our biggest market for partners, buyers and customers and being part of the Pavillion will allow us to reach key stakeholders and create the momentum for our business to grow throughout 2018.”</p> <p>Find doppel at Stand 51916, Eureka Park</p> <p>For more information, please visit <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Guest Blog: What Happens in Vegas With Ruark? Wed, 03 Jan 2018 13:41:22 +0000 Harri Turnbull(techUK) Ruark Audio’s founder, Alan O’Rourke, discusses the its plans for CES 2018 in Las Vegas <h3>techUK CES 2018: <a href="">Ruark Audio</a>’s founder, Alan O’Rourke, will be showcasing a full range of products at the international show</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Ruark Audio</a> is one of several innovative UK companies who have been selected by the UK’s DiT in partnership with techUK to showcase the best of British at CES 2018. This will not only give this SME a global stage to showcase its design prowess and high-quality production methods but also create more opportunities to engage with global tech media and retailers.</p> <p>Alan discusses where he sees opportunity:</p> <p>“It’s an exciting time for all at <a href="">Ruark</a>. With just over a decade of consistent growth, CES marks an ideal opportunity to shape the long-term expansion of our British family-run business. Our aim is to use the show to further develop existing markets but also focus on breaking into new territories such as the US, Canada and South America. We have seen success across retail and hospitality partners in many regions and our products are already known internationally. Our vision is to now replicate this across the US and other new markets.”</p> <p>Find Ruark at Suite 29-129, The Venetian Resort Hotel</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" gesture="media" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, please contact <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Making the Case for Govtech SMEs Tue, 02 Jan 2018 14:44:46 +0000 Simona Paliulyte(techUK) SME survey findings will help improve access to the public sector market <p><img src="images/assets/Fotolia_124568856_Subscription_Monthly_XL.jpg" alt="Fotolia 124568856 Subscription Monthly XL" /></p> <p>To better understand the views of SMEs operating in the public sector tech market, techUK undertakes an annual survey to capture their experiences. The key findings of the 2017 survey of nearly 140 GovTech SMEs include:</p> <p>• 90% did not think that civil servant buyers have a good understanding of how SMEs can meet their needs (a 4% improvement on the previous year)</p> <p>• 95% supported the government’s 33% target of awarding central government procurement spend to SMEs and a majority of respondents viewed the G- cloud framework as being useful for SMEs to access the public sector market</p> <p>• 95% stated that government should be doing more to improve the SME experience as part of the supply chain route to selling into the public sector</p> <p>The findings highlight the urgent need to improve engagement between the industry and government earlier in the commissioning process to expose civil servants to the innovative technology that’s available in a fast moving market. Throughout 2018 techUK will be working with the Cabinet Office and government departments on a range of activities to improve access the public sector tech market, including a series of market engagement events to help SMEs gain business with government.</p> <p>techUK will be launching a report on ‘Procuring the Smarter State: key steps to promote innovation and growth in the public sector’ on 30 January 2017. This report will provide further analysis on the SME survey and outline key recommendations to promote innovation in the public sector, and help dynamic British based SMEs to scale and grow.</p> <p><strong>Further Information</strong></p> <p><a href="">The Future of Public Sector ICT Procurement</a></p> <p><a href="">Making the Case for GovTech SMEs</a></p> Digital Health Exchange Between Denmark and the UK Tue, 02 Jan 2018 10:30:49 +0000 Kate Francis(techUK) An event focusing on Digital Health organised by The Department for International Trade and the Science & Innovation Network at the British Embassy in Copenhagen <p>The Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Science &amp; Innovation Network (SIN) at the British Embassy Copenhagen are hosting a one-day event focusing on Digital Health.&nbsp;They&nbsp;are inviting key stakeholders from the UK and the Nordics to discuss and showcase digital infrastructure solutions as well as sharing best practise within the digital health ecosystem.</p> <p>UK companies and organisations will have the opportunity to engage with key stakeholders from the Danish public health care sector and to learn about the most recent developments within Danish connected health solutions. Key projects along with commercial opportunities in the Danish health care system will be presented.</p> <p>UK companies will have the opportunity to present and showcase their products and solutions to key Danish healthcare stakeholders as well as engage in discussions on the topics of digital innovation and collaboration, data management and infrastructure.</p> <p><strong>Event Details:</strong></p> <p>08.30 – 17.00 on Tuesday 13th March 2018</p> <p>Location: TBC, Copenhagen, Denmark</p> <p><strong>To find out more, please download the brochure below</strong></p> Highways England – Forward Thinking, Vision Driven, Connected Roads for England Wed, 27 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Highways England recent activity is promising for the increasingly important SRN. <p>December 2017 has been a busy month for Highways England, publishing two future-focused reports – <a href="" target="_blank">Strategic Road Network Initial Report</a> and <a href="" target="_blank">Connecting the Country</a>.</p> <p>Highways England is on a mission to revolutionise our strategic roads to create a modern Strategic Road Network (SRN) that supports a modern Britain. The SRN Initial Report outlines Highways England’s vision and objectives for 2020-2025 as well as reviewing the progress in the first few years of the first road period (2015-2020). The organisation’s customer focused and action-oriented approach has meant that England’s SRN is now one of the safest in the world. Highways England are looking to build upon this in the second road period, with a variety of aspirations. At techUK, we are particularly excited about the aspirations to “build the smart motorway spine of the network” and “prepare for the future”, as these objectives tie in closely with the <a href="" target="_blank">SmarterUK initiative’s Transport group</a>.</p> <p>Connecting the&nbsp;Country pulls together trends&nbsp;in demand,&nbsp;infrastructure and vehicles, sets out potential future scenarios, and provides longer-term thematic plans inspired by the company’s guiding principles – Safety, Customer and Delivery.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="images/hui.png" alt="hui" width="648" height="331" /></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Together the reports balance future-facing visions and objectives with an understanding of current infrastructure needs and priorities. At a r<a href="events/workshop/item/11668-putting-the-user-back-into-transport-innovation" target="_blank">ecent workshop</a> looking at how technology and data can unlock new potential across our transport system, techUK members explored new solutions to support Highways England’s maintenance strategy. Discussing novel ways to maximise efficiency and productivity across the network, members were given an opportunity to explore the principles set out in these reports in more detail. If you would like to find out more about outputs from the workshop contact <a href="" target="_blank">Jessica Russell</a>.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">Highways England is responsible for the roads in the SRN that carry over 4 million vehicles every day. These millions of vehicles make up one third of all traffic and over two thirds of all freight. Highways England appears to be working hard to place itself at the forefront of future-proofing England’s SRN.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">techUK is highly supportive of these efforts and looks<span style="text-align: right;">&nbsp;forward to working more closely with Highways England going into 2018.</span></p> Insurance Working Group Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:08:27 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Minutes from December's meeting of techUK's Insurance Working Group available for member download. <p>techUK’s Insurance Working Group is open to all interested members of techUK. The group will examine the impact of technologies and big data analytics on the insurance sector, identify requirements and barriers and propose solutions. The group sets its own objectives and work-plan and determines a programme of events to support its work.</p> <p>Specific issues the group will examine include:</p> <ul> <li>Insurance for cyber-security</li> <li>The impact of the Internet of Things (IoT), telematics and smart devices – tailoring products to clients</li> <li>Prevention not cure – managing risk through big data</li> <li>Insurtech and challenger models</li> </ul> <p><strong>Chair: Gary Nuttall, Dystlytics Ltd</strong></p> SmarterUK Update | December 2017 Fri, 22 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) What Does the Autumn Budget Mean for Smart Transport, Cities and Energy? <p>Welcome to our Monthly SmarterUK update. The full newsletter, including regulatory and market news, is available as a pdf download below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to the SmarterUK simply follow <a href="">this link</a>, enter your details, and select the newsletters of interest to you.</p> <hr /> <p>Last month saw the Chancellor <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34266&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">announce an ambitious package for tech</a>, including a number of positive announcements for <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34267&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">SmarterUK focus areas</a>, including new funding for trials across the rail network and for transport within cities. With further support for innovation in the Industrial Strategy whitepaper, including a <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34268&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">commitment to the smart energy transition</a>, it is clear that Government is committed to change, opening up opportunities for techUK members to help shape the future.</p> <p>Looking to the new year we have two events for the diary. In January we will be holding a <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34269&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">session with Ofgem's Innovation Link</a>. Open to all members the workshop will be an opportunity to learn more about the programme and discuss how your company could benefit from the sandbox. <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34270&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">In February we have a roundtable with the Future Power Systems Architecture team</a>, where we will discuss how industry can work together to unlock innovation through the implementation of new system functions. Spaces are limited for both so get in touch now to avoid disappointment!</p> <p>Throughout December we have very much been in planning mode. If you have any views or thoughts on smart infrastructure, smart cities, smart energy or smart transport issues we should be working on next year now is the time to get in touch.</p> <p>And finally, this will be my last newsletter for SmarterUK. I will shortly be joining the Smart Meter Implementation Programme within Government (BEIS) to continue work on smart energy innovation. We have been recruiting for two people to take on the SmarterUK remit and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34310&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Jessica Russell</a> who will be taking over responsibility for the Smart Transport and Smart Cites &amp; Communities workstreams. We are still recruiting for a replacement for Smart Energy and the IoT; <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34271&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">more details here</a>. It has been a pleasure working with many of you over the past 2 years, and I am sure I will see many of you in my new role. I wish you all the success for the future, and a happy holidays.</p> Digital Ethics Summit Focuses on Practical Action Thu, 21 Dec 2017 10:09:27 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit held at County Hall on Wednesday 13 December. <blockquote>On Wednesday 13 December, techUK’s Digital Ethics Summit brought together experts from industry, government, academia and third sector to discuss the importance of ethics in digital innovation and the practical steps that can be taken to ensure that the development and use of new technologies supports human flourishing.</blockquote> <p>The techUK Summit was organised in partnership with the Royal Statistical Society, Wellcome Trust, Royal Society, British Academy, University of Oxford Data Ethics Lab, Open Data Institute, the Alan Turing Institute and the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. It was sponsored by Microsoft, The Nuffield Foundation and Yoti.</p> <p>Opening the Summit, <strong>Antony Walker, Deputy CEO of techUK</strong> said that the purpose of the day wasn’t to make the case for digital ethics but to identify practical next steps to embed ethical decision making into digital innovation at a time when technologies are becoming more intelligent and more pervasive. He urged attendees to think practically about the capacity and capabilities needed to address big issues being raised and the role that different organisations should play.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p><strong>Martha Lane Fox</strong> then delivered a powerful keynote questioning the impact of the digital innovation over the last 20 years. Whilst stressing the positive potential of tech she argued that the discussion on ethics shouldn’t be just forward looking but should be focused on fixing some of the problems that have emerged as a consequence of rapid and sometimes careless innovation.</p> <p>Echoing the call for practical action Martha highlighted the importance of creating a deeper understanding of the issues and challenges that need to be faced and stressed the vital importance of industry, civil society, and politics coming together “on a level that we have never seen before” and challenged everyone in the room to start to act now to make this happen. She highlighted gender balance, the impact of technology on children and childhood, and ethical and sustainable sourcing in supply chains as key areas of focus.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p>The first panel discussion considered the current landscape and how we set about answering the big ethical questions. Kicking off the panel including <strong>Professor Luciano Floridi</strong>, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Director of the Digital Ethics Lab Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, said there were four key issues to consider to ensure ethical foresight: delegation, responsibility, manipulation and prudence. <strong>Dr Claire Craig</strong>, Director of Science Policy, Royal Society highlighted the importance of considering general ethical questions as well as the context specific issues and the need to move between the two. Considering where we are today <strong>Dr Stephen Cave</strong>, Executive Director, Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge argued that <em>“We are not nearly as prepared as we should be for the profundity of the impact of new digital tech on society as we know it today”</em> and highlighted the need to build global consensus to address the issues that need to be faced. <strong>George Zarkadakis</strong>, Digital Lead, Willis Towers Watson followed by suggesting the need to rethink the agile methodology when working with intelligent systems that may lead to unintended consequences. <strong>Rob McCargow</strong>, Programme Leader, Artificial Intelligence, PwC outlined the impressive and diverse AI community that has developed in the UK during 2017 and called upon everyone to act in 2018 to set the highest standards for the ethics of AI and become the world leader in this endeavor.</p> <p>The panel was followed by a fireside chat between Antony Walker and <strong>The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP</strong>, Minister of State for Digital in which the Minister talked about the importance of using the power of AI for the good of society with robust ethical considerations. The Minister outlined the focus of the new Centre for Data Ethics, <em>“First is leadership, second is regulation, third we must develop data infrastructure"</em>. Considering the opportunity for the UK to become a world leader in addressing digital ethics the Minister highlighted the <a href="" target="_blank">Oxford Insight Government AI Readiness Index</a> for AI readiness where the UK has been ranked number 1. While agreeing that there may be challenges with Brexit the Minister closed by stressing that the UK now has an opportunity to be nimble and change things domestically where necessary to lead.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0401.JPG" alt="DSC 0401" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Next <strong>Carolyn Nguyen, </strong>Director, Technology Policy, Microsoft provided an inspiring presentation which outlined the vast applications of AI and the sheer economic and societal value that these digital technologies can make to people’s lives. In her address Carolyn also offered views on some of the social, legal and ethical challenges AI raises and in light of the theme of the Summit, set out practical approaches taken by Microsoft to address these issues and key next steps to addressing ethical issues being faced today and in the future.</p> <p> <iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe> </p> <p>After a busy networking lunch the <a href="" target="_blank">Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham began her afternoon keynote speech</a> by saying that it is right to discuss ethics, data and innovation in one conversation. By outlining the ICO’s role in the digital ethics space, the ICO explained that many issues involving ethics involve personal data and that that “ethics is at the route of privacy”. Looking to the very near future, and a GDPR driven world, Elizabeth predicted that “there will be a convergence of data protection and data ethics” and that the ICO will continue to work with other regulators to coordinate work in the data ethics space. In closing Elizabeth Denham expressed a want for ethical considerations to be firmly embedded in the data protection framework.</p> <p>An industry led panel on how to embed an ethics by design approach to digital innovation followed. Chaired by <strong>Hetan Shah</strong>, Executive Director, The Royal Statistical Society attendees heard input from companies including Sage, Facebook, Yoti, Improbable and CognitionX on how an ethics by design approach is already being taken by organisations today. Kicking the panel off <strong>Robin Tombs</strong>, CEO, Yoti explained his approach to embedding ethical thinking into innovations in digital identity and explained why he thinks better design by more companies when it comes to digital ethics is key. <strong>James Kidner</strong>, Director of Partnership, Improbable followed by making it clear that ethics issues are really complicated and that it is not a simple case of 'good or bad ethics'. <strong>Tabitha Goldstaub</strong>, Co-Founder, Cognitionx highlighted that many people still do not want to talk about ethical issues but it is vital that we do. She also stressed the importance of ensuring that “ethnic minorities and diversity is represented in AI” in data and the workforce. <strong>Kriti Sharma</strong>, VP Artificial Intelligence, Sage also highlighted the importance ensuring executive teams throughout an organisation understand and sign up to the importance of ensuring the design, accountability and transparency of algorithms and the need to get more people, particularly in the US, talking about digital ethics. <strong>Stephen Deadman</strong>, Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook focused his remarks on the importance of the incoming GDPR which will have large implications for the future and explained that Facebook will be running a 'design jam' on algorithms in the new year bringing different experts together.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0433.JPG" alt="DSC 0433" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">final keynote of the Summit was provided</a> by <strong>Tim Gardam, </strong>Chief Executive of the Nuffield Foundation who set out a proposal for the creation by the Nuffield Foundation of an independent Convention on Data Ethics and Artificial Intelligence. In his address Tim explained that the new Convention has three objectives: to be a global leader in ethical data use; promote a common set of practices; and develop shared terminology for data ethics to promote human flourishing. The Convention will also be based on a number of interlocking principles including being independent of government or any vested interest; ensuring a plurality of approaches from a range of disciplines and perspectives; and a bias towards impact. To test and inform the proposal outlined at the Summit Tim Gardam also announced that workshops would be held in the New Year with Tech UK, as well as with a wider community to help guide thinking and address any immediate questions.</p> <p>The final panel of the day discussed how to position the UK for global leadership in addressing digital ethics, what is already happening and also what might be missing. In his opening remarks <strong>Ollie Buckley</strong>, Deputy Director, Digital Charter &amp; Data Ethics, DCMS highlighted the investment being made by the UK Government in the new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. He also highlighted the UK’s strength in the social sciences community and the need for this community to engage in the digital sector moving forward. <strong>Dr Natalie Banner</strong>, Policy Advisor, Wellcome Trust outlined the need to better engage with the public particularly on the ethical issues facing diverse groups and the importance of recognising that "One person's innovative new product is another person's invasion of privacy.” <strong>Richard Ward</strong>, Government and Regulatory Affairs, IBM followed by highlighting that the UK has strengths in its regulatory bodies that already exist but stressed that regulation is not “the whole picture” in the development of digital ethics particularly in AI. <strong>Dr Jeni Tennison OBE</strong>, CEO, ODI focused on the opportunity for the UK in becoming a world leader in ensuring there is equity in how data is distributed and who can use data and why taking such an approach is important to develop ethical outcomes and trust.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/imageedit_2_5282751716.jpg" alt="imageedit 2 5282751716" width="640" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Bringing the Summit to the close Antony Walker highlighted the clear interest in digital ethical issues shown by those attending the Summit and the fact that the Summits hashtag #AIethics was trending throughout the day on Twitter. While welcoming the progress made during 2017, with the creation of new entities by the Government and Nuffield Foundation, Antony stressed the need to now ensure that the UK has the capacity and capabilities needed to build greater confidence that ethical issues are being address in a responsible way. Explaining that it will be businesses that will ultimately make this happen, Antony emphasized that the research community, academia, civil society and citizens groups can and must also play a role. He argued that working out the exact nature and form that the proposed new bodies will play is a key next step and where progress must be made over the next few months.</p> <p>Looking head into 2018 Antony highlighted techUK’s ongoing commitment to working on digital ethics issues and an intention to hold the techUK Digital Ethics Summit in 2018 to assess the progress made over during the year ahead.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Internet of Things Monthly Update | December 2017 Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Manar Al-Muflahi(techUK) House of Lords Report Urges Leadership on Distributed Ledger <p>Welcome to the techUK IoT newsletter for the month of October. To see the full newsletter, including industry and regulatory news, you can download the full document below for members only.</p> <p>To subscribe to this and other updates, visit the <a href="">newsletters page</a> under the services tab of the techUK website.</p> <hr /> <p>Last month's <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34284&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Autumn Budget</a> saw the Chancellor announce an <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34285&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">ambitious package for tech</a>, highlighting the importance of innovation in building an economy for the future. A focus on innovation was also reinforced by the Government's <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34286&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">Industrial Strategy white paper</a>, published on 27 November, which highlighted AI and Data Economy as one of the strategy's four 'Grand Challenges'.</p> <p>One way in which industry is coming together to help drive opportunities forward is with the newly launched BSI IoT Community. The new community builds on Hypercat and seeks to accelerate IoT adoption by convening digital and physical industries to tackle challenges, shape opportunities and drive standardisation.</p> <p>Back at techUK HQ, we have been planning the 2018 work programme with a focus on how we increase implementation helping to realise Government's IoT ambitions. If you have any views or thoughts on IoT issues we should be working on next year, now is the time to get in touch.</p> <p>And finally, this will be my last newsletter for the IoT Programme. I will shortly be joining the Smart Meter Implementation Programme within Government (BEIS) to continue work on smart energy innovation. We are still recruiting for a replacement; <a href=";CC=&amp;w=34283&amp;cID=0&amp;cValue=1">more details here</a>. It has been a pleasure working with many of you over the past 2 years, and I am sure I will see a number of you in my new role. I wish you all success for the future, and a happy holidays.</p> Defence Industrial Policy Refresh Thu, 21 Dec 2017 09:00:00 +0000 Andy Johnston (techUK) techUK's initial views on the Refreshed Defence Industrial Policy released at the end of 2017. <p>techUK welcomes the Government’s Defence Industrial Policy Refresh (DIPR) released in mid-December 2017.</p> <p>The DIPR is the UK Government’s primary policy document concerning how MOD contracts for services and equipment, and how it plans to work with industry to deliver national capabilities. The DIPR sets out to clarify a number of procurement and commercial elements of Defence policy that greatly affect UK industry. Affecting everything from research &amp; development activities, and requirements setting, through to support to exports and intellectual property rights, the DIPR is a broad document that will demand much work to implement in 2018.</p> <p>MOD’s commitment to ‘Competition and Strategic Choice as the best means of delivering value for money, increasing innovation, and opportunities for SMEs’ is welcomed by techUK, indeed our members welcome competition and the chance to justify the efficacy of their products and services. techUK encourages MOD to pair this approach with a commitment to sustaining a level and fair environment in which to compete. As explored below there are elements of UK defence procurement that persist from previous years that reinforce outdated ways of working and make it hard for new entrants to compete with incumbent suppliers.</p> <p><strong>Commercial Transformation</strong></p> <p>The importance of commercial transformation with UK Defence cannot be understated, especially when placed in the context of engagement with the digital industries. The digital transformation led by ISS has progressed over recent years and has been coupled with a new approach commercial activities in Corsham too. As the Cabinet Office directives encourage shorter and more agile agreements for ICT services ISS has attempted to break down monolithic contracts intro smaller groupings of services. This approach should favour SMEs, offering them routes into MOD that were previously held by the traditional suppliers. Although there is evidence of this, it is widely known that progress here has been slow. techUK members are keen to support this transformation and to embrace modern ways of contracting for digital products and services. In 2018 we look forward to working with Andrew Forzani, MOD’s new Chief Commercial Officer, and the yet to be appointed Commercial Director at ISS.</p> <p><strong>The Digital Industries</strong></p> <p>techUK is somewhat disappointed to see that much of the references to digital platforms and information systems within the document is restricted only to industrial engagement purposes. Throughout the document ‘industry’ is described as broad groupings of capabilities, offerings, service providers, and innovators. As the Defence industry becomes ever more diverse this is very much welcomed and commended. However, there is no reference to the intricacies of the digital industries and the potential of such companies to revolutionise the public sector. As this is a broad policy document covering a multitude of areas this omission is understandable, however techUK will continue to work with MOD officials in order to ensure this message is communicated.</p> <p>techUK greatly welcomes the direct use of the Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) example within the document. LOSA is a good example of how the UK can lead on the development of open systems and create innovative commercial mechanisms. LOSA allows UK SMEs to be directly involved with an important and influential project, whilst maintaining full control and rights over their intellectual property, traditionally a tough challenge when dealing with open systems. techUK encourages MOD to maintain this approach to opportunities that allow UK SMEs to engage in collaborative discovery work. For work such as this it is critical that MOD identifies and defines the user-side demand, ensuring that the results of LOSA have a customer and an end-user, eliminating the Valley of Death.</p> <p><strong>Collection of Industry Data</strong></p> <p>As part of the Government’s prosperity agenda MOD will increase the frequency and rigour with which they collect information about UK Defence jobs, supply chain depth, and contribution to economic prosperity. The collection and utilisation of this kind of information should greatly support the extant efforts being made to show the economic value of Defence to the UK economy. However, it is important that the processes being established in order to collect this information are not overly arduous on industry. UK companies already provide much information to different government departments, and efforts should be made to discover and use the information already within MOD’s reach, then make sensible efforts to collect what else is needed.</p> <p>techUK would also suggest that the information that is being collected should also be at a level of granularity that makes it multi-purpose and useful for other purposes. To give an example; the collection of information on high-skilled technical roles within Defence would be used to demonstrate how Defence provides and maintains a number of high-value roles within the UK shores. Alongside this efforts should also be made to collect information on skills gaps in these areas. What jobs cannot be filled, what skills gaps are growing, and what can Govt. do to assist industry with this situation? The collection of data for the purpose of making positive statements about Defence and the industry that supports it is a worthwhile endeavour, and efforts should be made to ensure that this activity helps address as many of Defence’s challenges as possible. This activity is a good opportunity to increase efficiency and effectiveness in industrial engagement.</p> <p>The progress of the joint industry-MOD discussions on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are of vital importance to techUK members. At the time of writing the DEFCON currently being worked through by industry and MOD applies to more traditional equipment and services. However, following the completion of this work the next task in the process will be a DEFCON covering digital products and services, and contracts dealing with data-driven assets. The outcome of the primary DEFCON will heavily influence the approach made to the digitally-focussed DEFCON. techUK looks forward to engaging further on this work and will continue to urge MOD to take a sensible and future-leaning approach to IPR, recognising the huge investments that the private sector makes in order to develop innovative IP. techUK members develop products and services for a wide range of public sector customers; adequate protection of IPR is a major factor when looking for business; MOD has a real opportunity to appeal to innovative companies with a modern approach to IPR.</p> <p><strong>SME Policy</strong></p> <p>An important part of MOD transformation, both commercial and wider, in recent years has been the SME policy and Defence’s cultural approach to working with the UK’s smaller sized contractors. This has been a major point of interest for techUK since it was launched in 2015, and continues to be of importance for our members looking for business with the MOD. Overall techUK members have been disappointed with the pace at which the various activities within the SME Policy have been progressed since its launch. Elements such as the Supply Chain Advocate Network have struggled to gain traction within the Department and around the Commands, offering only limited opportunities for business.</p> <p>The DIPR shift towards early engagement and a simpler requirements setting process both favour SMEs, indeed many of the practical changes noted in the document would increase MOD’s ability to contract directly with SMEs. It is important for MOD to work with industry when forming these new engagement mechanisms, in fact it may be more important that MOD work with non-Defence contractors in order to understand how to appeal to potential new entrants.</p> <p>Transparency and visibility of opportunities is tackled directly in the DIPR paper; with the Twitter account @defenceproc and the new Supplier Portal ( being the two new primary engagement routes. techUK welcomes the technologically enabled nature of these additions and will work to share awareness within our community. However, DIPR does not address an important part of SME and new entrant engagement that overshadows these kinds of changes. The access that is afforded to incumbents across Defence is a huge bonus when searching for new business opportunities. Across the public sector the temptation for customers to ‘stick to those they know’ is undoubtedly strong, and unfortunately Defence is no different. Incumbent suppliers have the advantage of having physical presence on the floorplates of MOD sites, as well as relationships with civil servants. In some situations and contracts this is preferable for all, including national security considerations. However, this culture does stifle the SME agenda and makes it hard for SMEs to feel they can compete on a level playing field. techUK implores MOD to ensure the Supplier Portal is treated as the definitive place to post contracts, and that (as much as is possible) contracts are released to industry concurrently across all sites and platforms. UK SMEs welcome competition and the chance to prove their products and services are the best available, Government has an obligation to ensure the playing field is as level as possible.</p> <p>techUK members also look forward to assisting MOD with the development of the ‘supply chain plans’ for contracts worth more than £100 million. With increasingly effective cyber-attacks and economic uncertainty given the Brexit negotiations the resilience and health of the UK Defence supply chain is more important than ever before. Efforts to better understand and monitor the supply chain should be matched with initiatives from MOD, wider Government, and the prime contractors to support SMEs if they do encounter trouble.</p> <p>As noted in the DIPR techUK would greatly welcome a closer relationship with MOD in order to improve the guidance on engaging with potential suppliers and making more use of digital platforms. Digital ways of working are of particular importance and can be very powerful when working with SMEs outside of the traditional Defence localities around the UK (London and the South-West).</p> <p><strong>Final Thoughts</strong></p> <p>The DIPR is largely a collection of policies and activities that MOD and wider Government have publically stated previously. This consistency and stability is welcomed by industry; indeed policies that encourage competition and drive opportunities for new entrants are ideally suited for the fast-paced nature of the digital industries. However, it is the deployment of these policies that will be of pivotal importance. DIPR has allocated a number of tasks to MOD and to industry to fulfil in the coming months; there are a number of initiatives that require industrial input and support, and there are extant processes that require resolution. 2017 was a year that challenged the way that MOD distributed responsibilities, funds, and resources – arguably this affected the ability for officials to enact policies such as those noted in this DIPR. techUK looks forward to working with MOD on all the issues noted above, the digital industries are growing in their experience of affecting public sector markets and vastly improving the efficiency and effectiveness of traditional suppliers and customers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>So, what will techUK be doing to support the implementation of the DIPR? The bullet points below are techUK’s primary DIPR issues:</p> <p><strong>· Digital Transformation</strong><br />- techUK will continue to encourage MOD to develop more digital ways of working, and in particular, digital industry engagement mechanisms. We will continue to push for an approach to industrial engagement that engages directly with the digital industries and makes allowances for the intricacies of how our industry operates.<br />- techUK will continue to encourage the Front Line Commands to consider digital capabilities when setting all future equipment and service requirements.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>· SME Policy</strong><br />- We will engage directly with MOD and Minister Defence Procurement through the Defence Supplier’s Forum SME Forum to monitor the progress of the changes. techUK will offer support to the Supply Chain Advocates in order to help grow their profile as well as their knowledge of the digital industries.<br />- techUK will also survey members who use the Supplier Portal and feedback their thoughts to MOD on its ease of use and efficacy in helping them discover new opportunities.</p> <p><strong>· Commercial Transformation</strong><br />- techUK will support MOD with the development of standard contracting templates and the move to shorter and more agile contracts.<br />- Working directly with ISS techUK will offer industry support to shape information systems and services contracts in such a way that delivery and value for money are prioritised and innovation is encouraged.</p> <p><strong>· Defending the UK defence enterprise</strong><br />- techUK will continue to support and promote the CES+ and DCPP initiatives by extolling the importance of appropriate cyber security measures to all our members and partners.<br />- We will offer direct support to MOD in their activities to discover more information about the UK defence supply chain, including offering industry views on what data can be most readily collected and what will require more time or resources to collect and analyse.</p> <p><strong>· Support to Exports</strong><br />techUK will continue to work with MOD and DIT in order to provide UK companies, particularly SMEs, with opportunities in international markets. This will require techUK to engage with stakeholders and industry about a shift to support smaller opportunities within target markets. Recognising that not all SMEs can be supported directly by Govt. but that they may well be a minimum expectation from industry as to the support and expertise that they can access from the civil service.</p> <p><strong>· Intellectual Property Rights</strong><br />techUK will continue to work with MOD and ADS to complete the current work on IPR, prioritising the interests of industry who develop and utilise IP as a core part of their business. We then look forward to deeply engaging on the forthcoming DEFCON expected to address digital services and products later in the year.</p> New Smart Infrastructure Technology Project Wed, 20 Dec 2017 17:45:17 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) Further info on how your company can engage with the development of a new project revolutionising the infrastructure industry. <blockquote>As a part of techUK's work on smart infrastructure we have been working with the infrastructure industry (through Project 13), looking at opportunities for convergence and the realisation of value across the sector through digital transformation.</blockquote> <p>Project 13 is an industry-led initiative aimed at improving productivity in construction projects and infrastructure operation by focusing on the asset owner, those who deliver and operate UK infrastructure. Led by the Infrastructure Client Group, a high-profile panel established in 2014 by HM Treasury under the Institution of Civil Engineers' guidance with members including HS2, Anglian Water, Environment Agency, Highways England, Network Rail, Crossrail 2 and Heathrow.</p> <p>The project has a number of anticipated outputs including the creation of an Industry Readiness Level and a Technology Framework. The Technology Framework is aimed at both the technology and infrastructure industry, and seeks to create a better understanding of different technology and opportunities for their use across infrastructure.</p> <p>Last week we held a workshop exploring proposals for the Technology Framework, asking for comments to feed into prototype development.</p> <p>Papers and Presentations from the day:</p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Project_13_Digital_Transformation_Pre-Event_Briefing_12_December_2017_2.pdf" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Project 13 and Digital Transformation WS Background</a>&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #00ccff;"><span class="wf_file_text">*&nbsp;</span><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Industry Readiness Level Maturity Matrix</span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Technology_Framework_Categories_19.12.17.xlsx" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Technology Framework Proposed Categories (For Discussion)</a></span></span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span class="wf_file_text" style="color: #00ccff;">*&nbsp;<span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Community_Workshop_Summary_12.12.17_Final.pdf" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Workshop Summary</a></span>&nbsp; &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><span style="color: #00ccff;"><span class="wf_file_text">*&nbsp;</span><span></span><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="images/Project_13_Digital_Transformation.mp4" class="wf_file" style="color: #00ccff; text-decoration: underline;">Workshop Presentations</a></span></span></p> <p>We ask members who are interested in supporting techUK with the development of this work to complete the following questionnaire by <strong>12:00 12 January 2018</strong>. Comments will be fed into the final outputs of the Digital Transformation work programme.&nbsp;</p> <h2><span class="wf_file_text"><a href="images/Digital_Transformation_Community_Feedback_Workshop_Consultation_Questions_Final.docx" class="wf_file" title="Feedback Questionnaire | Value of a Technology Framework">Feedback Questionnaire | Value of a Technology Framework</a></span></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> National Infrastructure Commission Looks at Data for the Public Good Wed, 20 Dec 2017 16:35:59 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) New report recognises the important role of data in infrastructure, although lacks clarity on implementation. <p>Following its recent Technology Study, on 14th December 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published a new report - <a href="" target="_blank">‘New Technology Study: Data for the public good</a>’. The study “examines the opportunities that new innovations present – and makes recommendations to increase open data sharing to make the most of them”.</p> <p>The report recognises the important role that data, technology and innovation can play in supporting and improving government service delivery and cost efficiency.</p> <p><img src="images/NIC.png" alt="NIC" width="540" height="485" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>Careful attention is given to the thematic challenges associated with data, particularly around inaction, connectivity requirements, security and privacy. techUK supports an approach to digitalisation that adequately incorporates solutions and means of addressing these concerns.</p> <p>The NIC asserts that the UK needs a “Digital Framework for Infrastructure Data” that will be a “national resource”, “as open as possible” and balanced with the ability to address “security risks and concerns”. This will be a momentous challenge, and if the NIC gets this right, it will be a fantastic opportunity for the country providing a strong foundation for innovation and development in the future of infrastructure. techUK supports an approach that takes these into consideration. However, there are key aspects missing from the framework that will be integral to its success, relevance and longevity. During the Call for Evidence (CfE) techUK submitted that the sharing of best practice across the infrastructure sector will play a crucial role in increasing the pace of innovation in the sector. techUK urges the NIC to reconsider this as a priority and build it into all aspects of its strategy and implementation in this area. The NIC then identifies technologies that generate and use data such as sensors, machine learning, digital twins and IoT as the most useful technologies in regards to maximising existing infrastructure.</p> <p>There is clear excitement around the intention to develop a “national digital twin: a digital model of our national infrastructure” which will support real-time monitoring as well as simulation and testing. While this has proven to be practical in some specific use cases – such as on <a href="" target="_blank">ships</a> and in <a href="" target="_blank">Singapore</a> – it is yet to be done on a scale similar to what the NIC has envisioned. The lacking precedence does have the potential to diminish interest or validity in terms of developing a business case that can prove value-for-money.</p> <p>The choice to focus so heavily upon the digital twin, as opposed to other options, and how the NIC proposes to approach the development of such a large-scale project is not explored in depth. As a result, it is unclear at this stage whether a digital twin will indeed be the best option to address the challenges currently being faced by UK infrastructure and the infrastructure industry as a whole. The original CfE sought to address a variety of priorities across energy, water, transport, digital, waste and flood defence, questioning what the immediate technology priorities were and what innovation initiatives were already underway. Importantly the NIC sought comments on how activities could be brought together more holistically to deliver on Government strategic ambitions.</p> <p>Questions remain over whether the NIC expect the framework and the digital twin to automatically encompass these existing initiatives? If not, how will the NIC work to bring these together and align them, particularly with its ambition for a digital twin?</p> <p>techUK does support the forward-facing vision that the NIC has presented in its ‘New Technology Study: Data for the public good’. However, to ensure greater engagement and buy-in from the general public, and industry the NIC needs to be more explicit in why it has made these specific choices, and how they will answer to the varying priorities, needs and concerns from the various stakeholders. Embracing a smarter approach to how we build, operate and maintain our infrastructure is critical to tackling the UK’s productivity challenge.<a href="" target="_blank"> techUK is committed to supporting key organisations</a> that are driving change in our infrastructure sector, and we look forward to working with the NIC in making its recommendations a reality.</p> ISS Industry Engagement Day - Webcast Recording Wed, 20 Dec 2017 14:29:18 +0000 Dan Patefield(techUK) On 18 December 2017, techUK hosted the final ISS Industry Engagement Day of 2017. <p>On 18 December 2017, techUK hosted the final ISS Industry Engagement Day of 2017.</p> <p>The slides and video recording appear below.</p> <p><iframe src="//;wmode=opaque" frameborder="0" width="600" height="494" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p>The agenda:</p> <ul> <li>Organisation and Campaign Plan Update – Lt Gen Ivan Hooper</li> <li>Industry Engagement Approach for 2018 – Mike Feltham</li> <li>Feedback on the AI Hackathon – Mike Feltham</li> </ul> <p>A techUK summary of Lt Gen Ivan Hooper's address:</p> <p><em>During the final ISS industry brief of 2017 Lieutenant General Ivan Hooper, Interim CIO and CEO of ISS, gave a thank you to industry and the techUK community. Throughout the year Defence hasn’t dropped below 20 tasks and international operations at any one time. This is only possible thanks to the commitment and professionalism of industry and MOD working in this space. Looking towards 2018 there are a number of new players on the field; a new Secretary of State, a new Defence COO, CEO of DE&amp;S. and CIO too. These are all positions of vital importance and influence, and will all surely have new ideas and ways of working to implement.</em></p> <p><em>The National Security Capability Review (NSCR) continues, but unfortunately not at the pace that was originally anticipated. However, the nature of the debate that is being had is still very encouraging from the ISS perspective. ISS will need to be ready to react to deliver the outputs when they are released.</em></p> <p><em>MODNet is now out of the beta that hosted 30,000 users. It has now been rolled out to 69,000 users and is on track to be the largest substantiation of office 365 in Europe. MODNet is a complex problem that has a lot of interdependencies across Defence both in the UK and globally. The Operational Service Management competition part of MODNet is currently out with industry. There will be a down-selection in January. IDAM, hosting, tooling all vital enablers of MODNet.</em></p> <p><em>Industry will notice ISS has a reduced workforce at the same time it is experiencing increased demand for its services. Gen Ivan has made the request to expand and better resource the civil servant elements of the business, which will greatly help deliver the required services. At the very top level, there is a good chance the new MOD CIO (who will be entering at the 3* level) will be in post by late-January. The priorities of that role will likely be the continued digitisation of Defence, implementing the MOD Data Strategy, and ensuring the resilience and sustainability of the organisation.</em></p> <p><em>At the end of a challenging year for Defence there is a positive feeling for 2018. The senior leadership of the MOD fully understands the importance of information and data to the multiple Defence tasks. Working quickly, at scale, and being properly resourced is absolutely vital to success in the coming year.</em></p> <p>The dates for the 2018 industry days will be announced in early 2018.</p> <p>If you have any queries or require any further information please do get in touch with a member of the team.</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Distributed Ledger Technology Working Group Wed, 20 Dec 2017 13:01:49 +0000 Lucas Banach (techUK) Minutes from December's meeting of techUK's DLT Working Group available for member download. <p>The Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) Working Group provides strategic direction for all techUK activities related to blockchain and DLT. It considers what action can be taken in order to industrialise, support blockchain technology readiness, help organisations with adoption and consider use cases not limited to financial services but a wide range of other sectors, including, the Internet of Things, smart energy &amp; utilities, smart contracts and government.</p> EU Brexit transition proposals leave little time to adapt Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:36:43 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) While recognising the urgent need to agree transition is welcome, guidelines risk real problems for building customs systems for both businesses and Government. <blockquote>Commenting on the publication of the <a href="">EU Commission's proposed negotiation guidelines </a>on a transition period, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker said:</blockquote> <p>“It is very welcome that both the UK and the EU have recognised the urgent need to agree a transition period. Giving businesses certainty about the next few years is vital if we are to retain the investment, skills and flexibility that the tech sector needs to grow.</p> <p>“However, the proposed transition period is extremely short and allows very little time for businesses to adapt. The biggest concern is that there will be insufficient time for new customs systems and infrastructure to be put in place. If goods are delayed at the border businesses and consumers could be left with a real headache on January 1st 2021.</p> <p>“The scale of the task ahead, in preparing the UK for the practical consequences of leaving the EU must not be underestimated. Organisations such as the Port of Dover have made it clear that this is going to be a huge challenge. Political choices being made in both the UK and EU do not yet seem to be taking into account the impact on businesses that will have to cope with the disruption of Brexit. “</p> Programme Announced for the 2018 everywoman in Tech Forum Wed, 20 Dec 2017 11:57:12 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) This one-day event, supported by techUK will return next year, with influential entrepreneurs from a variety of industry sectors who will share stories of their journey. <p>Additional headline speakers at the 4th annual <a href="" target="_blank">everywoman in Tech Forum</a> have been announced, and the inspiring line-up is set to feature some of the world’s most influential female tech entrepreneurs alongside innovative heads of business embracing disruptive technology.</p> <p>This one-day event will return to the London Hilton Park Lane on 8 February attracting over 600 international delegates from a variety of industry sectors.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/2017_everywoman_tech_forum_masterclass_3.jpg" alt="2017 everywoman tech forum masterclass 3" width="370" height="281" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The impressive list of speakers include Inma Martinez, Venture Partner at Deep Science Ventures, who has been hailed by Fortune and TIME as one of Europe’s top talents in digital engagement; Suki Fuller, Founder of Miribure – a strategic and competitive intelligence company – who is globally recognised for her early adoption of new technologies in the advancement of competitive intelligence; and Elena Corchero, Founder and Director of Lost Values, whose toy line ZippyKit is aimed at bridging gender gaps in STEM subjects.</p> <p>Senior executives from some of the world’s biggest organisations including <strong>BP</strong> and <strong>Accenture</strong> will also be presenting at the event, along with the founders of <strong>Blippar</strong>, <strong>Elvie</strong> and <strong>Cognition X</strong>.</p> <p>A growing body of research demonstrates that gender balanced teams produce better outcomes and create a more sustainable future for business along with a positive impact on the bottom line. Despite this, the number of women working in the technology sector remains stubbornly low at just 16% and a recent study conducted by everywoman found that the two main barriers felt to prevent women entering the industry are ‘workplace cultures that don’t welcome or support female progression’ and ‘too few female role models for young girls.’</p> <p>To counter this, the everywoman in Tech Forum brings together some of the most inspirational men and women working in the industry offering opportunities for networking alongside personal development. Recognising that gender parity in technology can only be achieved when both men and women work together to effect change, the Forum will also host key male business leaders who will discuss how they are working to champion the advancement of women in their organisations and in the industry as a whole.</p> <p><img src="images/assets/2017_everywoman_Tech_Forum_masterclass.jpg" alt="2017 everywoman Tech Forum masterclass" width="373" height="250" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>The agenda features sessions looking at the women changing the IoT world, building teams of balance and productivity, and gender dynamics in the workplace. Other highlights will include discussions on some of the most pressing issues currently facing and shaping the tech industry and businesses today, including artificial intelligence and reverse mentoring. Plus there will be a live demonstration with Cobot around how humans and robots are working collaboratively within the sector</p> <p>Karen Gill MBE, Co-Founder, everywoman says “We are thrilled to announce the agenda for this year’s everywoman in Tech Forum and delighted to be joined by so many industry experts. For us, the Forum embodies the everywoman strategy for attracting, retaining and advancing women in business, by offering quality learning and development, access to role models and unparalleled networking opportunities. Whether you are a manager looking to drive your team’s performance, an aspiring leader or an ambitious graduate our inspiring line up will provide delegates with the skills, information and motivation to achieve their goals.”</p> <p><strong>Tickets to the forum cost £400 + VAT and can be <a href="" target="_blank">purchased here</a>.</strong></p> <p>Organisations can also live stream the keynote speeches to their employees and engage them through, an interactive web-based platform that allows participants to engage with live events. Users can ask questions to the event speakers, vote in polls and participate in surveys. <strong>Visit: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> Government Releases Update on Next Steps Towards the 5G Future Wed, 20 Dec 2017 10:55:48 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) The update highlights the plans for a second phase of project trials and announcing the appointment of the operators for the 5G Innovation Network. <p>The Government has <a href="" target="_blank">issued an update</a>&nbsp;to its 5G strategy, which outlines the progress to date in delivering against the recommendations of the strategy. The update also details the next phase of work to prepare the UK for a 5G future including the steps that the Government will take to support investment and the ongoing programme of 5G Testbeds and Trials.</p> <p><strong>Commenting on the recent update, techUK's Head of Technology, Julian McGougan said:</strong></p> <p><em>“techUK welcomes the Government’s ongoing commitment to investing in elevating the UK’s digital communications infrastructure from good to great, which the 5G Strategy is an important element of.&nbsp;</em><em>We are pleased to see progress in many key areas, such as the 5G Hub and the Testbeds &amp; Trials Programme and&nbsp;</em><em>will continue to work closely with DCMS to help ensure that the UK is recognised as being a 5G Leader.”</em></p> <p>Alongside the update, the Government has launched a <a href="" target="_blank">call for views</a> on the appropriate scale and scope of deployment pilots that will help to establish the conditions under which 5G can be deployed in a timely way and help foster the development of 5G in the UK. This includes the timescales over which they should be delivered, the amount of appropriate funding, and the method of allocating funding.</p> <p>DCMS has also launched a <a href="" target="_blank">Call for Evidence</a> for the <a href="" target="_blank">Future Telecoms Infrastructure Review</a>, announced last month in the government’s <a href="" target="_blank">Industrial Strategy</a>. The cross-government Review&nbsp;will assess whether any additional policy interventions are needed to create the conditions for long-term investment in world-class digital connectivity that is reliable, long-lasting and widely available.</p> <hr /> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> Five Banks Lag Behind on Open Banking – CMA Takes Steps Tue, 19 Dec 2017 14:44:34 +0000 Ruth Milligan(techUK) Competition and Markets Authority issues 'directions' for completion of Open Banking <p>The Competition and Market Authority's Order on Open Banking comes into force on 13 January 2018. But several banks have notified the CMA that they will not be ready in time. Specifically, these banks have not completed all the work needed to allow third party providers access to data held in customer accounts for account information services and payment initiation.</p> <p>The CMA has today issued ‘directions’ to several banks setting out in detail what they must to to remedy their non-compliance with the order deadline. The banks in question are Bank of Ireland, Barclays, HSBC, RBS and Santander but the extent to which each is behind schedule varies. The CMA has therefore published an implementation plan tailored to each bank as to when specific work has to be completed, tested and market ready.</p> <p>The CMA press release and directions for each bank can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p> Justice & Emergency Services Update Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:30:09 +0000 Seema Patel(techUK) Fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice & Emergency Services programme. <blockquote>Here is your fortnightly round-up of the news and opportunities from techUK’s Justice &amp; Emergency Services programme.</blockquote> <p>I am delighted to say that on the 15 January 2018 the <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">NPCC National Enabling Programmes</a> team is coming to techUK to undertake some pre-procurement market engagement. Commissioner Ian Dyson (City of London Police), Ian Bell, the Director of the Programmes, and colleagues will brief industry suppliers on the state of the three core programmes, the current requirements, and the commercial approach.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Book your place now.</a></strong></p> <p>And nominations are <a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">NOW OPEN</a> for techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services Management Committee. Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Find out more and nominate yourself for a place!</a></strong></p> <blockquote><hr /></blockquote> <blockquote>News, Views and Opportunities</blockquote> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Nominations OPEN for techUK's Justice &amp; Emergency Services Committee</a></span><br />Members can nominate themselves or colleagues to sit on the body that steers techUK's work in the blue lights, law enforcement, Home Office, and justice markets. There are 12 seats on the Committee, including the roles of Chair and Vice-Chair.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">To find out more and to nominate yourself or a colleague, click here.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Police National Enabling Programmes: Supplier Engagement Day</a></span><br />15 January - The team behind the NPCC Enabling Programmes are looking to undertake some pre-procurement market engagement. They will brief industry suppliers on the state of the three core programmes, the current requirements, and the commercial approach.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Sign up here!</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Digital Policing Briefing with Chief Constable Mike Barton</a></span><br />14 February - Michael Barton, the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary and the NPCC Chief Officer Lead for Crime Operations. He and his team are coming to techUK to brief members on his mission to ensure British policing is in the vanguard of tackling crime on the internet, and his overall vision for tech in policing.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Book now.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Police ICT Summit 2018: Delivering the Future</a></span><br />Registration is now open for the third Police ICT Summit, which is again being hosted, jointly, by the Police ICT Company and the National Police Technology Council.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Find out more and book your place here.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Mission Critical Technologies</a></span><br />13-14 June - Mission Critical Technologies is a conference <strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">dedicated to next generation public safety technologies</a></strong>. Bringing together a host of forward thinking technology providers, showcasing the most innovative and cutting edge technologies to the International PPDR community.</p> <hr /> <blockquote>More techUK News &amp; Comment</blockquote> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Briefing with Action Fraud and the National Crime Agency</a></span><br />5 Feb - This briefing, jointly delivered by Action Fraud and the National Cyber Crime Unit within the NCA, will highlight the partnerships that Action Fraud and the NCCU have developed to <strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">help companies report cyber crime incidents</a></strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Applications Open - 2018 Global ICT Excellence Awards</a></span><br />techUK is pleased to support the 2018 Global ICT Excellence Awards. WITSA holds its Global ICT Excellence Awards in conjunction with the Gala Dinner at every World Congress on IT.<br /><strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Find out more.</a></strong></p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">techUK comments on Committee for Standards in Public Life report</a></span><br />techUK's Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, comments on the report by the Committee for Standards in Public Life, on <strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Intimidation in Public Life</a></strong>.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">HMG publishes Interim Cyber Security Science and Technology Strategy</a></span><br />Earlier this month the Cabinet Office published its Interim Cyber Security Science and Technology Strategy: <strong><a href=";utm_medium=email&amp;utm_campaign=JES+Update+19+December+2017&amp;utm_term=JES%20Update%2019%20December%202017&amp;utm_content=95601&amp;gator_td=HDfh9nD0hOBsXsnXoDx36dkWvp%2bMIHrZ9HQxR0UXyIf4tb7t4LwIMAFZjrYBL7JyvzuybcXfCZs5fXklv5lI0%2bSiPYZjKVJLIwHABzotEF8ipECxpSsEWGQUF73%2bvZ39EeSf1TLCq338%2fAThnBsohhPNE7NdghtDsehzdn0v9V8%3d">Future-Proofing Cyber Security</a></strong>.</p> Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee Meeting Notes Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:56:00 +0000 Zahid Ghadialy (techUK) Presentations from the Joint techUK/UKspace Satellite Telecommunications Committee held on Tuesday 7 December <p><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, EC4A 4AD<br /><strong>Date:</strong> Tuesday 7th December 2017<br /><strong>Time:</strong> 13:30 - 16:00</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Agenda</span></strong></p> <p>Introduction by the Chairman -&nbsp;Dr. Peter Aspden, Airbus</p> <p>Minutes &amp; Actions from the last meeting -&nbsp;Dr. Peter Aspden, Chairman</p> <p>Updates on UKspace, PSC, the Space Growth Partnership &amp; Sector Deal -&nbsp;Paul Flanagan, UKspace &amp;&nbsp;Liz Quintana, Ofcom</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid #cccccc; margin-bottom: 5px; max-width: 100%; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Updates on UKspace, PSC, the Space Growth Partnership &amp; Sector Deal - Liz Quintana, Ofcom">Updates on UKspace, PSC, the Space Growth Partnership &amp; Sector Deal - Liz Quintana, Ofcom</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p>Methera – A UK MEO Broadband Constellation -&nbsp;Christopher McIntosh, Methera Global</p> <p>5G, Regulatory &amp; Spectrum issues -&nbsp;Julian McGougan, techUK</p> <p>AOB and close</p> <p><strong>Confirmed dates for 2018 meetings:</strong></p> <ul> <li>31 January 13:00 – 16:30 (at ECSAT)</li> <li>1 May 13:00 – 16:30 (at techUK)</li> </ul> <p>Provisional dates for 2018 meetings:</p> <ul> <li>11 July 13:00 – 16:30 (at techUK)</li> </ul> <hr /> <p>To learn more about techUK <a href="">Satellite Applications &amp; Services programme</a>, please get in touch:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a>&nbsp;</p> InnovateUK Launches new £50m Innovation Loans Pilot Tue, 19 Dec 2017 11:31:38 +0000 Aimee Betts-Charalambous(techUK) New funding mechanism opens for SMEs working in smart infrastructure urban living, energy and transport. <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Small businesses with ground breaking ideas will be able to access new innovation loans from the UK’s innovation agency to support their growth. This is the first time InnovateUK has offered a new funding mechanism other than matched grants. Innovation loans will offer affordable, flexible funding for later-stage research &amp; development projects with a clear route to commercial success.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Introducing the new innovation loans, InnovateUK’s chief executive, Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, commented:&nbsp; </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; margin-left: 30px; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><em><span style="color: #333333;">“We know that many businesses with ground breaking ideas struggle to get them to market. Our new innovation loans will help businesses scale up, and give them a clear route from prototype to making new products and services available to customers.”</span></em></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">The first competition will support smart infrastructure, urban living, energy supply &amp; systems and connected transport projects. Full details are available at: </span><a href=""></a><span style="color: #333333;">.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">InnovateUK has done extensive research to understand the needs of scale-ups and believes the loans will be especially helpful to those companies. Recently it published a report, <a href="" target="_blank">Scaling up:&nbsp; the investor perspective</a></span><span style="color: #333333;">.&nbsp; Business angels and other early stage equity investors are essential providers of risk capital to businesses as they scale.&nbsp; Where those businesses are focused on highly innovative new products and services, this new innovation loan product aims to support their growth and complement private sector investment.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">Innovation loans will allow businesses to access between £100,000 and £1 million and will be priced at the HM Treasury discount rate – currently 3.7% fixed. The loan will allow for drawdown over up to 3 years to finalise the development of the product or service, a further interest-only period of up to 2 years to commercialise and, finally, up to 5 years to repay – although typically overall terms of 5-7 years are expected.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">The first 5 pilot competitions will make up to £50 million available over 2 years. If early evaluations of the pilot indicate that innovation loans are successful in these operational terms, as well as providing indications of good innovation outcomes, then consideration may be given to scaling the programme in the future.</span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: 15pt; line-height: 16.5pt; background-image: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial; background-attachment: initial;"><span style="color: #333333;">If you have further questions please contact Nigel Walker, Head of Innovation Lending at </span><a href=""></a><span style="color: #333333;">.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Phase two is a go: What do the EU Council’s conclusions means for Brexit? Tue, 19 Dec 2017 10:03:16 +0000 Giles Derrington(techUK) Securing ‘sufficient progress’ in phase 1 was a big win for the UK, but the next stage will mean new difficulties, while many of the phase 1 issues still remain unsolved. <blockquote>The dust has finally settled after the flurry of activity around the Brexit negotiations. The DUP have been placated, the Republic of Ireland has kept its veto in its pocket (for now), and David Davis has rowed back from arguments about the legal validity of negotiation text. As a result the Prime Minister has come away from last week’s European Council with a formal agreement of the move to phase two of the negotiations. After all the last minute diplomacy, that is certainly cause for celebration.</blockquote> <p>But, as the <a href="">Council’s conclusions</a> making the ‘sufficient progress’ judgement official make clear, those celebrations may yet end in a very big hangover.</p> <p>For starters, the conclusions lays bare what many have said for some time- that the EU has no interest in negotiating a trade deal during the Article 50 process. The Council’s conclusions state:</p> <p>“ agreement on a future relationship can only be finalised and concluded once the United Kingdom has become a third country, the Union will be ready to engage in preliminary and preparatory discussions with the aim of identifying an overall understanding of the framework for the future relationship.”</p> <p>There is a lot to be read into this statement, but it is a big blow to the chances of the UK achieving its preferred approach of seeking substantive talks on a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with a view to having a comprehensive deal ready to be signed the moment we leave in March 2019.</p> <p>The Council is not in any hurry to even begin these discussions, with the conclusions calling for further preparatory work with a view to adopting new negotiation guidelines on the future relationship in March 2018. Any Withdrawal Deal will need to be agreed by October 2018 in order to have time for it to be ratified by EU Member States before the end of the Article 50 process. The delay to agreeing negotiation guidelines appears to be a clear statement that the Council will continue to limit what Michele Barnier and the EU Commission can negotiate, effectively running down the clock on the UK’s suggested approach.</p> <p>All this means that there is a very real risks of there being a gap between the end of Article 50 in March 2019 and the commencement of any FTA deal.</p> <p>That means securing a transition agreement is all the more important, and here there is some good news for the UK. The Council says it will adopt guidelines on negotiations for a transition period in January, showing that they are prioritising transition over the future partnership and that there is real hope of a swift agreement to a transition of ‘about two years’.</p> <p>The likely terms of such a transition are rigid, with references to a “level playing field” between the EU and the UK. There are specific references to the ‘status quo’ transition that techUK and others have called for, where the UK continues to be within the Single Market, Customs Union during transition. That is a welcome step for business, but is likely to be a source of political dispute as the full scope of what it means in practise is put further under the spotlight early next year. For those looking for the perfect primer for what FTA options exist, the <a href="">report by the Institute for Government</a> released today makes excellent Christmas reading.</p> <p>However, there is one significant sting in the tail of the Council’s position on transition. While the UK will be bound by the acquis of EU law, the Council is clear that during a transition, the EU will be a third country and will no longer “participate in the decisions-making of the Union bodies, offices and agencies”. This is a potential point of real conflict. Not only does it risk the UK being ‘rule takers’ for at least two years of transition, with little say over new EU rules adopted in that time, but it also means securing ongoing regulatory participation, including ‘observer status’ on key bodies such as BEREC in any final deal may be difficult to achieve. Pushing back against this proposal will be important in negotiations over transition.</p> <p>Finally, the Council’s conclusions put the ball back in the UK’s court, stating that the UK must provide “further clarity on its position on the framework for the future relationship”. This alludes to the discussions that have begun at Cabinet this week about what the UK actually wants, be it the ability to diverge from EU regulation or to remain closely aligned. For tech, it is clear that alignment is key, particularly on issues such as the free flow of personal data where the EU is increasingly setting the global standard. However, there is no doubt that, as negotiations progress, the trade-offs between alignment and divergence are likely to become increasingly stark, both in economic terms and for the political splits within Cabinet and beyond. Expect to hear a lot more about this over the coming months.</p> <p>The dust may have settled on phase one, but all told, 2018 is shaping up to be another year dominated by Brexit. I will leave it to others to decide whether that is cause for further celebration or not!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> ICO's Elizabeth Denham Delivers Speech at techUK's Digital Ethics Summit Mon, 18 Dec 2017 16:19:23 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham highlights the importance of Data Protection and Ethics in her speech from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit on 13 December. <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0421.JPG" alt="DSC 0421" width="441" height="297" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" /></p> <p>"Thanks for inviting me here today. I’m pleased that the issues of data protection are taking such a front and centre role in discussions about ethics and innovation.</p> <p>I thought I’d start with a story. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.</p> <p>Once upon a time there was a little girl called Ada. She had a quick brain and a huge imagination. The daughter of a poet and a gifted mathematician, Ada studied hard and became quite something in the world of computers.</p> <p>Unremarkable perhaps.</p> <p>But the twist in this tale is that Ada’s pioneering work took place nearly 200 years ago.</p> <p>At a time when electricity was “new”, steam trains were an unconventional form of travel and the sticky postage stamp was a revolution in communication.</p> <p>When I address conferences I often remark on how technology has changed beyond all recognition in the space of a generation - the 20 years since the Data Protection Act, the law my office regulates, was forged.</p> <p>It’s easy to forget the origins of this revolution go way, way back.</p> <p>Ada Lovelace may well be known to you – as the daughter of romantic poet Lord Byron, or a visionary with a passion for flying or for creating the world’s first machine algorithm.</p> <p>But here’s what sets Ada apart and why I mention her here today. Ada looked beyond what was immediately possible. She saw Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – the first ever general purpose computer - as more than just a number cruncher.</p> <p>She saw how numbers could represent other things – letters, musical notes, symbols – and how the machine could manipulate them according to rules.</p> <p>She developed a vision of computer capability, a mind-set that she called “poetical science”. It led her to ask questions and examine how individuals and society relate to technology as a collaborative tool.</p> <p>Ada saw the future. And now it’s our job to make some predictions of our own.</p> <p><strong>The future</strong></p> <p>What will technology look like in the future? What will it look like in another 200 years – Yuval Harari has some interesting thoughts on that subject in his latest book Homo Deus.</p> <p>How artificial intelligence will ultimately outsmart us all and reduce our role as humans to bystanders.</p> <p>We’re not quite there yet, but the world already seems a pretty futuristic place. The Transport Minister has indicated the first autonomous cars could be on sale in just three years.</p> <p>Law enforcement agencies use biometric software to scan faces in CCTV footage and security firms use it to collect demographic data on crowds.</p> <p>Businesses are changing too; using AI technology to improve customer service and streamline their operations.</p> <p>Almost every day I read news stories about AI’s capabilities and effects. You’ll all have read about Facebook’s controversial new algorithm that can judge whether an individual’s posts may indicate thoughts of suicide.</p> <p>And I recently read about computers that could, one day, assess your body mass index from a photo before offering you health insurance.</p> <p>It makes me wonder - will our story have a happy ending? That’s why we’re here today.</p> <p>And why am I here today? What role does the Information Commissioner’s Office play in this space?</p> <p><strong>The law</strong></p> <p>Many issues relating to data ethics involve personal data. And when it comes to personal data, that’s my office’s domain.</p> <p>It may be useful for me to set out our regulatory role here. First off, we are a statutory regulator independent of government.</p> <p>We are responsible for ensuring that personal data is handled in line with the law – specifically the Data Protection Act 1998. We educate and advise, comment on and raise awareness on issues related to data protection. When we need to, we can take enforcement action.</p> <p>Our duties are wide and comprehensive and note merely a complaints based regulator. But when you strip it all back, my office is here to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability in the use of personal data on behalf of people in the UK.</p> <p>These are principles of data protection, but they apply to some of the fundamental ethical questions we are discussing here as well.</p> <p>These principles in the law are fit for purpose. They have stood the test of time, are technology-neutral, and those that argue we need a new legal framework miss the mark.</p> <p>I accept that the Data Protection Act is not perfect and that it has struggled to keep pace with technological advances, including AI. The 1995 directive and the Data Protection Act have not affected the evolution of the internet or prevented surveillance from becoming the prevailing business model, the law has its limitations.</p> <p>But there is a new law in town. The General Data Protection Regulation.</p> <p>And this is a significant step up in the law. It was drafted by legislators here in the UK and throughout Europe for the very purpose of trying to tackle opaque decision-making by machines.</p> <p>The GDPR significantly enhances people’s ability to challenge decisions made by machines. It provides for a measure of algorithmic transparency.</p> <p>It provides for human intervention in decisions that have legal or similar effects.</p> <p>This is not a new game played by different rules. The rules remain the same - fairness, transparency, accountability - and my office is well placed to regulate them.</p> <p>The idea that data protection, embodied in legislation, does not work in a big data context is wrong.</p> <p><strong>Investigation into use of data analytics for political purposes</strong></p> <p>You’ll know of our investigation into the use of data analytics for political purposes. We’re looking at whether personal information was analysed to micro-target people as part of a political campaign and have been particularly focussed on the EU Referendum.</p> <p>The overall goal of this work is to give the public insight into the vast sources of data and personal information used in the political arena.</p> <p>I doubt very much that the majority of people understand the practices behind the scenes, data brokers, parties, campaigns, social media platforms, let alone the potential impact on their privacy.</p> <p>It is still too soon for me to speculate on the outcome of our investigation.</p> <p>But I will say this. Whether or not we find practices that contravened the law – and this is where I have jurisdiction – there are significant ethical questions here.</p> <p>Ethical questions about truthfulness, fairness, respect, bias and maintenance of public trust in our political campaigns and referendums and perhaps even our democracy.</p> <p>Even if it’s transparent, even if it’s legal, is it the right thing to do?</p> <p>Ethics is at the root of privacy and is the future of data protection. In my view, this is the way forward. There must be a convergence.</p> <p>For those of you who are interested, a fuller update on our investigation will be published on the ICO website this afternoon.</p> <p><strong>AI</strong></p> <p>So I have the law to back me up. But, as I say, laws, regulation and guidance must keep pace with advancing technologies like AI and machine learning.</p> <p>It’s important to create an environment that supports innovation without compromising individuals’ privacy rights.</p> <p>As I’ve mentioned, on 25 May 2018 a new chapter begins when the GDPR takes effect. This is a much-needed modernisation of the law which gives us the right tools to tackle the challenges ahead.</p> <p>The GDPR does not specifically reference data ethics, but it is clear that its considerable focus on new technologies – particularly profiling and automated decision making – reflects the concerns of legislators about the personal and societal effect of powerful data-processing technology.</p> <p>It also embeds the concept of data protection by design – an essential tool in minimising privacy risks and building trust - and Data Protection Impact Assessments, which will be compulsory in some high risk circumstances and, in some cases will have to be assessed and approved by my office.</p> <p>The new law minimises the chances of acting in haste, repenting at leisure. The work has to be done up front.</p> <p>But these tools need not be restricted to data protection. It’s hard to separate data protection by design from data ethics by design.</p> <p>Companies must ask themselves questions that identify the risks they are creating for others and mitigate those risks. There is every reason to include ethical considerations as part of that process.</p> <p>The most innovative companies will go further and use these tools as a springboard to think of ways they can integrate their data protection and ethical assessments.</p> <p>That just makes common sense. And it speaks again to convergence.</p> <p>We’ve offered practical advice on applying GDPR compliant impact assessments in the specific context of big data analytics. It forms part of our paper on Big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning.</p> <p>It addresses the broader societal implications of AI and says that “embedding privacy and data protection into big data analytics enables not only societal benefits such as dignity, personality and community but also organisational benefits like creativity, innovation and trust.</p> <p>”In short, it enables big data to do all the good things it can do.”</p> <p>There is a lot of good it can do.</p> <p>The world of data protection and data ethics are not sitting in separate universes. But there are broader questions beyond the law. We are all struggling to define the gaps and work out how the outstanding questions can be addressed.</p> <p>Although I would like to think my office is sagacious in this space, we do need to have a broader conversation across many sectors and society.</p> <p>There are other key players, reports and initiatives contributing to a go-forward approach for the UK - and many of them are in the room today. The Royal Society and British Academy, Wendy Hall’s report to government on the AI industry, the Alan Turing Institute, the Nuffield Foundation, and key studies by parliamentarians.</p> <p>Last month the Government announced its intention to create a new body concerned with data ethics. Matt Hancock has already spoken about it this morning.</p> <p>The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation can complement the role of the ICO and other regulators by promoting the consideration of ethical issues. We recognise it can be a positive enabler and encourager of innovation particularly around AI and machine learning.</p> <p><strong>The Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation</strong></p> <p>So how do I see the new Centre shaping up?</p> <p>I’d like to see it facilitating meaningful public consultation on matters that, ultimately, impact on people and their privacy. These consultations will help define the public and societal benefit in use of data and ensure it benefits communities and not just a few individuals.</p> <p>I’d like to see it focus on futurology. Stepping out of the here and now and scanning the horizon for the next big data ethics challenge.</p> <p>We would like the centre, or a hub of bodies linked to it, to work with regulators to provide overarching ethical principles for AI and machine learning.</p> <p>We recognise general principles will have specific applications across sectors.</p> <p>AI applications for automated vehicles could have very different implications than in criminal justice or intelligence services, for example.</p> <p>That’s quite a wish list!</p> <p>But while I’m talking about it, the Centre could also support and encourage codes of conduct and standards.</p> <p>For example, support the development of a code of conduct for ethics committees in companies. What does good look like?</p> <p>It is critically important that the new body takes time early on to properly assess its role and how it can fill the gaps that exist. It should not take on a regulatory role which would only complicate the landscape.</p> <p>We look forward to working with the new Centre and sharing our expertise – especially around the Impact of ubiquitous data collection and technologies like artificial intelligence.</p> <p>And we’ll continue to co-ordinate our work with other independent regulators in the data ethics space.</p> <p>In my view there's no dichotomy between ethics and innovation. But ethical considerations should dictate the direction of travel.</p> <p>The UK has always been a leader in data protection – it’s one of the things that attracted me to this job – and the UK is a leader in the digital economy.</p> <p>This will continue if we can embrace the law, and think about its principles as we continue to innovate.</p> <p>We’re in a race to the top with economies like Japan, Singapore and France that are focussed on AI and digital economies. They know – we know – how important it is to get ethical issues right when it comes to AI.</p> <p><strong>Conclusion</strong></p> <p>In closing, allow me to look again to the past.</p> <p>Ada said: “Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.”</p> <p>There is so much more for us all to understand. But I do know this: The UK is uniquely placed to be a leader in this space and to ensure that the principles of data protection and data ethics are firmly embedded in a future framework.</p> <p>Thank you."</p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt; <a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank">Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit</a></strong></p> <p><strong><a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank"></a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>For more information on techUK's Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI Programme, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> techUK Digital Ethics Summit: Tim Gardam, Nuffield Foundation Keynote Speech Mon, 18 Dec 2017 15:51:01 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) At techUK's Digital Ethics Summit on 13 December, Tim Gardam highlights the Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI. <blockquote>Social well-being and data ethics: a Nuffield Foundation initiative on the social impact of data, algorithms and AI.</blockquote> <p><img src="images/assets/DSC_0451.JPG" alt="DSC 0451" width="401" height="274" style="margin: 6px auto; display: block;" /></p> <p>"I would like in a moment to set out the proposal for an independent Convention on Data Ethics and&nbsp;Artificial Intelligence. This has been developed by the Nuffield Foundation over recent months in partnership with techUK, the Alan Turing Institute, The Royal Society, The Royal Statistical Society, British Academy, Omidyar Network, the Wellcome Trust and others.</p> <p><strong>The Context</strong></p> <p>Let me first set our proposal in the wider context. Today’s event has been a thoughtful contribution to a public debate that has reached a new intensity in the past 12 months, leading to the announcement by the Government, and amplified by the Minister today, of its Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation.</p> <p>It is increasingly apparent that certain principles that go to the heart of our understanding of individual and social well-being need re-examination as a result of the rapid advances in data, algorithms and AI. The benefits to our everyday lives are undoubted, and the potential for public good colossal, but there is also an undercurrent of unease at the unknown implications of these innovations as they accelerate - in consumer transactions; the distribution of public goods; in social relationships, the rights of the citizen in relation to the state; and the asymmetries of information between individuals and the global tech sector, who now arguably exercise more direct influence over individual decisions than do states themselves.</p> <p>Beyond all this is the underlying philosophical question of individual autonomy – what it is the future of human agency in a world of manufactured intelligence. These are no longer academic abstractions but the most pressing of questions. They have an urgent bearing not only on the immediacy of our lives but in turn will shape what will come afterwards.</p> <p>To adapt the greatest of the metaphysical poets, John Donne:</p> <p>And new technologie calls all in doubt,</p> <p>In the seventeenth century, Donne wrote his “Anatomie of the World” in ferment over the new philosophy of scientific enquiry, and concluded:</p> <p>‘Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone,<br />All just supply, and all relation;</p> <p>Today has been a serious effort towards creating some coherence and just supply in a world of new technology. What can be too easily overlooked in the more alarmist visions of an AI and data-driven future, is that many in the tech industries, whose imagination has created this world, are now thinking seriously about practical guidance on the enormous ethical issues their creativity has raised. If such ethical awareness had existed in the culture of the financial industry in the decades before the financial crisis of 2008, then some of its disastrous consequences might have been mitigated. So, this is a good place to be starting from.</p> <p>It follows that any serious discussion of data ethics, if it is not to be either ignored or irrelevant, has no option but to place the creators at the centre of the debate, That is why the leadership of Tech UK in this area has been so vital.</p> <p><strong>Trust</strong></p> <p>How does one begin to untangle the complexities of the arguments? Data driven technologies axiomatically break apart established frameworks and re-shape boundaries - between public and private, civic and social, the factual and the imaginative, and the boundaries between national jurisdictions - they all become inextricably blurred.</p> <p>The meaning of terms such as privacy, consent and ownership long used in policy, law and public discussion are now continually challenged by technological developments. Questions about the ethical uses of data today become intermeshed with longer-term questions concerning the future relationship of human and artificial intelligence. The discussion rapidly becomes about everything and nothing.</p> <p>That said, beneath all these different issues is an underlying principle: in a rules based, democratic system, future innovations in big data or AI that have the power to shape and reorganise the society we live in will have to be able to ensure that the broader public is party to the process – that this takes place in the service of democracy. This will mean different things in different domains – in some cases, getting the public’s consent, and in others, facilitating individual control – but underlying all of this is the need to secure the public’s understanding, and this entails ensuring codes of behaviour that are deserving of trust. This is the role for practical data ethics.</p> <p><strong>The hard part is obviously how we should do this.</strong></p> <p>Our starting point must be the recognition that we are in a new landscape, not yet mapped. This is not the normal terrain where businesses operate in conventional markets, where regulation governed by law shapes any decision, and where ethical frameworks are well-known and broadly stable:</p> <ul> <li>It is a disconnected landscape, within which disparate conversations address shared questions with no unified perspective;</li> <li>There are sets of issues that have no simple or quick route into policy or regulation, and for which there is no space to invest in the thinking or consider larger social questions;</li> <li>There is a lack of objective evidence about the implications of data use, including little empirical clarity about the distributional effects of the data economy on different sectors of society.</li> <li>Too little attention is given to the cumulative impacts of data on civil society.</li> </ul> <p>This agenda is so wide that no one body can take it on in its entirety without failing to deliver in some part of its remit.</p> <p>So how can we collectively construct a coherent framework for addressing these questions?</p> <p><strong>Spheres</strong></p> <p>We have set out three different spheres within which they can be addressed.</p> <p>First, regulation; We are a fortunate in the UK to have, in the ICO, a regulator that is respected as authoritative and clear in its objectives and responsibilities, with a clear focus on the immediate issues of privacy and consent.</p> <p>Second, there needs to be a space for wider oversight – part of what has been described as “stewardship” - outside of regulation; this ought now to be provided by the government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation - as its remit is to advise government, regulators and industry on how they need to respond.</p> <p>These public regulatory and advisory bodies will be vital co-ordinates in the landscape, but between them they cannot, and, as arms of government, should not cover all the ground.</p> <p>The Government rightly wishes to encourage the many advantages to working in the global tech hub that is London. However, if government is to achieve its goal of making all of the UK a successful space for innovative enterprise – and one in which the tech industry can demonstrate its contribution to the public good – then it must also appreciate that government cannot alone formally determine the outcomes. Questions of good practice and regulation are just part of a far broader challenge.</p> <p>We believe there is additionally a need for a third sphere, independent of government, in which different interests have the opportunity to stand back and engage with one another, a space where there is additional capacity for foresight.</p> <p><strong>The Convention</strong></p> <p>The Nuffield Foundation, in dialogue with government and its partners – who themselves represent a wide range of different perspectives – have therefore proposed the creation of an ‘outer’ body – a Convention - independent from regulation or government. This body should take an uncompromisingly international perspective, placing the debate in this country in a global context. It should anticipate and shape emerging issues through shared deliberation between different disciplines and perspectives, public and private. It would work by investigation and experimentation with a view to offering practical solutions, based on empirical research. It would build a stronger evidence base and establish methodologies to understand the impact on society; (you can’t decide whether an action is ethical, without understanding the implications of that action). It would explore the public’s understanding of the questions it identifies; and, working with local, national and international stakeholders, would develop frameworks, norms, and practices to foster ethical decision making.</p> <p>The remit is:<strong> to ensure that the power of data – combined with the automated technologies that serve to augment it - (including AI) - is harnessed to promote human flourishing, both for society as a whole and for the different groups within it.</strong></p> <p>This body – we have yet to settle on a final name but characterise it as a Convention on Data Ethics and Artifical Intelligence - would consider questions, problems and opportunities arising from uses of data and AI, which are not unlawful but have potential to:</p> <ul> <li>cause widespread or profound economic or social harm – or good- to society, or different groups within society;</li> <li>challenge or destabilise social and democratic norms or principles (such as ownership; consent; privacy; professional expertise; regulation)</li> <li>facilitate future developments with unknown consequences;</li> <li>introduce inconsistencies between treatment or rights in the offline and digital spheres, or between different domains;</li> <li>effect change in the UK but inform thinking internationally.</li> </ul> <p>We have set ourselves three key aims:</p> <ol> <li> <p><strong>To be a leading voice representing the interests of society in debates on ethical data use at a national and international level.</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>To promote and support a common set of data practices that are deserving of trust, and are understandable, challengeable and accountable.</strong></p> </li> <li> <p><strong>To convene different interests to develop shared terminology for data ethics and promote human flourishing.</strong></p> </li> </ol> <p><strong>Human Flourishing</strong></p> <p>The underlying objective of human flourishing is taken from The British Academy and Royal Society’s report, earlier in the year, <a href="" target="_blank">Data Management and Use: Governance in the 21st century</a>, which has done much of the initial thinking in this space</p> <p>I understand the term “human flourishing”, has caused government lawyers some headaches because it is difficult to frame in legislation. This seems to me a good reason for our proposed Convention to hold onto it. If we are to create in the United Kingdom an exemplar of how a data-driven economy can prosper, and a data-enhanced society flourish, the debate cannot only be about the exercise of powers and authority, or a reductive measure of positive economic impact.</p> <p>The condition of human flourishing recognises that the implications of machine learning and a data driven society go beyond general questions of social well-being or the aggregate benefit to society. They reach to the core of each person’s sense of identity as an autonomous individual, alongside questions about the progression of humankind.</p> <p>Focusing on human flourishing also challenges us to think broadly. The exceptional challenge of defining the ethics of the use of data and AI lies in the myriad ways that they affect everyday life. We tend to take “horizon-scanning” to mean theorising about the distant future; but the speed and scale and scope of the changes that are in train are such that success will depend upon anticipating ethical challenges before they are upon us, even as we make judgements on innovations that are much closer at hand and already taking place, in the light of what is likely to follow from them. If we can’t explain why humans are flourishing or failing to flourish in the context of existing technology, we will struggle to explain how things will look many years down the line.</p> <p>techUK highlighted another crucial component of human flourishing in its response to the data governance report. This stated: “the fundamental principle of promoting human flourishing ... will be essential to ensure that intelligent, machine learning and AI driven machines are developed and act in the interests of humans,” and to: “ensure that the decisions these machines make are auditable, challengeable and ultimately understandable by humans”.</p> <p>“Auditable”, “Challengeable” and “Understandable” - to which one should add “deserving of public trust”- are co-ordinates I suggest we should hold onto as we frame our objectives.</p> <p><strong>Principles</strong></p> <p>The value of such a Convention to the tech industry will lie in the fact that, while it might complement government related interventions, and its thinking may well inform them, it will also look outward towards the interaction between the innovators and the public. It will consider the practical frameworks of ethics, exploring how to build capacity for ethical thinking inside business models – something which may have little to do with regulatory compliance.</p> <p>The Convention is based on a number of interlocking principles:</p> <ul> <li>It will be independent of government or any vested interest.</li> <li>It will be principled - its conclusions should stem from normative judgements.</li> <li>It will consider a plurality of approaches from a range of disciplines and perspectives which in turn will give space for a range of solutions that are not those narrowly enshrined in regulation and law.</li> <li>It will also strive to be positive. This doesn’t just mean putting the most dystopian visions to one side. It also means framing the questions in a way that recognises balance of risks in holding back from enabling the use of data as much as in the overreach of that use.</li> <li>It should have a bias towards impact – even if this risks failure on occasion. We want the outputs of the Convention to be tangible, and beneficial to real life and real lives and so secure their trust. This is, after all, the shared interest of all those driving forward entrepreneurial innovation.</li> </ul> <p>Finally, the Convention should be reflective and evaluative in the way it operates. We are not going to solve longstanding ethical debates overnight. The thinking will be iterative, based what is already in place and previous experience, but it should be unafraid of rethinking such norms and taking them further.</p> <p><strong>The Nuffield Council on Bioethics as a model</strong></p> <p>Some of our thinking derives from the initiative twenty five years ago to establish the <a href="" target="_blank">Nuffield Council on Bioethics</a>. Co-funded by <a href="" target="_blank">The Wellcome Trust</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Medical Research Council</a> and the Nuffield Foundation, the Council is today recognised as the UK’s national bioethics body, with the international reputation of its work based in part on the fact of its independence from government (unlike the national bioethics bodies in other countries).</p> <p>The aim set out in the original minute was “an enquiry into the best means of informing public policy and professional practice on the moral problems raised by research in biology, medicine and health”. It went on: “It would be in the public interest if the investigation and discussion of these moral problems could anticipate the application of new techniques rather than follow after public disquiet and anxiety had already been caused by their use. This would help both to achieve acceptable standards in the practice of research and to allay fears about its consequences”.</p> <p>The NCoB’s influence rests not only on its independence but on its lack of any formal powers. It has created a trusted forum where those in the vanguard of bioscience research open up their thinking to engage in deliberative enquiry from different intellectual perspectives and interests in civil society. By working from normative principles towards publishing practical recommendations, the NCoB has exercised that original ambition of providing foresight, informing regulatory and policy thinking, without formally being related to that process. Though it is in a separate sphere, it has a shared realm of interest with the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority, and the Human Tissue Authority, regulators whose careful judgements have allowed the UK to be in the vanguard of research within a framework of accountability and trust.</p> <p>The bioethics analogy of course has limitations. Ethics have always been a formal part of the architecture of medical culture. In bioethics, technological advances that pose ethical challenges mostly emerge from the frameworks of institutionalised scrutiny in universities and bioscience research industries. The pathway from innovation to public use is a long and careful one, with powers to implement held by few. In wider digital society, there are innumerably more actors, across every sphere – economic, social and private - and innovation can move from thought to public practice almost instantly.</p> <p>Despite these differences, many of the choices that defined bioethics a generation ago read across quite easily into the contemporary data ethics debate. Indeed the separation of bioethics from wider data ethics is in itself increasingly problematic.</p> <p><strong>How the Convention might work</strong></p> <p>So what will the Covention look like? The success will clearly depend upon its ability to draw together the different types of experts and practitioners, to create a shared vocabulary and deliberate, to build evidence of problems, a deep understanding of social impact and of public understanding, trust an values, and in developing shared solutions and approaches.</p> <p>We envisage the Convention, chaired by someone with authority in the field, comprising around 12 to 15 members, all there in their own right as individuals rather than representing official positions. These individuals will have recognised expertise and experience drawn from data science, social science, law and philosophy, from the Academy, private sector entrepreneurs, those with experience of public policy, regulators, those representing civil society.</p> <p>The members of the Convention, supported by an executive of around 10, would scope the agenda and prioritise key concerns. They would commission work through Working Parties, led by members but comprising a wider range of contributors. By bringing together different perspectives focused on tangible problems, these working parties will generate not only recommendations in the form of advice, but also ideas, solutions, best practices, effective policies, good software, benevolent algorithms – whatever will have the most salient impact to the problem we’re addressing.</p> <p>One of the most thought-provoking suggestions as to how to deliver practical benefit, encouraged by Omidyar Network, is to promote capacity building, addressing the lack of data ethicists currently available to help companies and governments. One option would be to establish a cadre of data ethicists in tech companies or to provide the opportunity for those working with data to spend some time within the Convention. The aim would not be to create the data ethicist as the compliance person in the corner but to create, perhaps through a Fellowship programme, a rigorous and analytical ethical mindset across this field.</p> <p>To make a practical difference in a new and rapidly evolving field is not straight-forward - and the Convention will have to prove its worth to those who might make use of its findings. The easy choice would be to create a vehicle for different types of academics to come together. The harder, but far more valuable, challenge is to bring those disciplines together, but then bridge the gap between academic thinking and the world of policy and practice into the development of usable, practical aproaches which can take steps to build a flourishing society.</p> <p><strong>Next Steps</strong></p> <p>To plan our next steps, we would greatly value your engagement. We want to test our ideas and ensure we have the right working relationship with industry and third sector, and continue our dialogue with regulators and with government to come to a shared vision about a future landscape. One critical area where we have further to define our thinking is how best to approach public engagement.</p> <p>In the first quarter of next year we will organise some workshops with Tech UK, as well as with a wider community, and invite anyone here, who would wish to be involved, to help us address these immediate questions. In the interim, if anyone would like to register interest, please email Imogen Parker - at <a href=""></a></p> <p>We want to ensure that this independent Convention has a distinctive place in this new landscape, reaching beyond the United Kingdom to create an international reputation. It should help Britain, at the moment one of the most innovative places in the world, to intervene in the debates, the thinking and practices globally, and help shape them for the common good. In this way, we believe we can have a real impact on the most complex and profound set of questions that face us all at this present time."</p> <p><em>Original script may differ from delivered version.</em></p> <p><strong>&gt;&gt; <a href="insights/news/item/11997-digital-ethics-summit-focuses-on-practical-action" target="_blank">Take a look at the highlights and videos from techUK's Digital Ethics Summit</a></strong></p> <hr /> <p>For more information on techUK's Cloud, Data, Analytics &amp; AI Programme, please contact:</p> <p>Contact: <a href=""></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> UK SPF Cluster 2: Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) - Utilities and 5G Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:43:00 +0000 Sophie Weston(techUK) Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 2: Public Sector Spectrum Release (PSSR) - Utilities and 5G <p><strong>ate:</strong> Monday 11 December 2017&nbsp;<img src="images/assets/uk_spectrum_policy_forum5.jpg" alt="uk spectrum policy forum5" width="138" height="118" style="float: right;" /><br /><strong>Venue:</strong> techUK, 10 St Bride Street, London, EC4A 4AD<br /><strong>Chairs:</strong> <strong>Peter Curnow-Ford</strong>, CEO, Viatec and <strong>Tony Lavender</strong>, CEO, Plum Consulting, Co-Chairs of UK SPF Cluster 2</p> <p><em>Presentations from the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 2 Meeting are available to download below.</em></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Agenda</span></strong></p> <p><strong>Welcome, Introduction Scene Setting including Utilities and 5G<br /></strong>Peter Curnow-Ford, CEO, Viatec Associates and Cluster 2 Co-Chair</p> <p><strong>PSSR Program Progress Report and future 2018 plans<br /></strong>Lisa Roper, Defence Spectrum Release and Sharing, MOD</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: auto; display: block; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="Sharing Defence Managed Spectrum - MOD">Sharing Defence Managed Spectrum - MOD</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>CMU Update Review of Aug '17 report and ongoing work<br /></strong>Helen Mitchell, Head, Spectrum Central Management Unit</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: auto; display: block; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="CMU Update Review ">CMU Update Review </a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></div> <p><strong>Utilities Spectrum Update and discussion on 406MHz - 430MHz sharing and trials</strong></p> <ul> <ul> <li> <p>Tony Lavender, CEO, Plum Consulting (Cluster 2 Co-Chair)</p> </li> <li> <p>Peter Couch, MD JRC</p> </li> </ul> </ul> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); 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Development, Nominet</p> </li> </ul> </ul> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Joe Barrett, President, Global Mobile Suppliers Association</p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin-right: auto; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: auto; display: block; max-width: 100%;"></iframe></p> <div style="margin-bottom: 5px;"><strong> <a href="//" target="_blank" title="UK SPF Cluster 2 PSSR – Utilities &amp; 5G">UK SPF Cluster 2 PSSR – Utilities &amp; 5G</a> </strong> from <strong><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong>&nbsp;</div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="//" target="_blank" title="Sharing Concept and Conditions">Sharing Concept and Conditions</a> </strong><span style="font-size: 14px;"> from </span><strong style="font-size: 14px;"><a href="" target="_blank">techUK</a></strong></p> <p><iframe src="//" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no" width="595" height="485" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" style="border: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); 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