UK ‘won’t allow high risk vendors to provide critical 5G kit’

The cabinet office secretary David Lidington has said the UK government will not consider allowing high risk tech firms to supply parts for critical elements of the nation’s 5G data communications networks. His comments come after reports that the National Security Council had decided to approve Chinese telecoms giant Huawei to provide ‘non-core’ parts of the high speed 5G network, sparking backlash from MPs concerned over allegations of spying by the Chinese government.

UK gov 'approves Huawei 5G involvement'

The UK government has reportedly given the green light for Huawei to build “non-core” parts of the 5G data network, after months of warnings over a potential security risk. The Daily Telegraph reported that a long-awaited decision on the involvement of the Chinese telecoms giant in the UK’s 5G infrastructure network had concluded that its equipment could be used to help build antennas and other non-core infrastructure.

Former BAE cyber chief ‘to promote industry abroad’

A former executive at BAE Systems’ cyber security division has reportedly been recruited by international trade secretary Liam Fox to help the UK’s cyber security companies compete for contracts overseas. According to Sky News, Henry Pearson, a former employee of Detica, the cyber defence subsidiary of BAE Systems, is set to be announced as the UK’s new cyber security ambassador on Friday.

EU industrialists call for digital disruption action

European governments need to take urgent co-ordinated action with the private sector and wider society to deal with the most pressing challenges of the 21st century - including preparing citizens for massive technological developments, digital disruption and climate change - according to a group of leading European businesses. A new report from the European Round Table of Industrialists, a group of 55 major European businesses whose members include Heineken, L’Oréal, Nestlé and Rolls Royce, highlighted the need to strengthen the peace and prosperity offered by European unity in the last seven decades and called for joint action in the face of wide-ranging digital and environmental disruption.

Smart city street lighting to realise $15bn energy savings

Smart street lighting deployments will realise $15 billion in cumulative energy savings for cities between now and 2023, according to Juniper Research. This will be achieved as a result of converting lamps to energy-efficient LEDs, as well as the addition of connectivity to monitor and control the status of each individual light; saving up to 50 per cent energy per light.

JD.com launches blockchain for business

Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com has opened its underlying blockchain framework JD Chain to business customers. This will enable companies to build their own blockchain solutions from the ground up, following JD’s earlier launch of a new blockchain technology open platform, which enables businesses to leverage pre-built Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) in their own businesses.

Cyber risk mounts as three in five firms hit

More than three in every five companies (61 per cent) suffered a cyber security incident in the last year, with average losses rising from $229,000 in 2018 to $369,000 in 2019, according to the latest cyber readiness report from Hiscox. The insurance firm surveyed more than 5,400 private and public organisations in the US, UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands, finding a 45 per cent increase in reported cyber incidents since last year.

EU approves creation of biometric database

The EU Parliament has given the green light for a system of interconnected migration, border control and law enforcement data from across the European Union, which will create a vast database of biometric records of EU and non-EU citizens. The shared Biometric Matching Service will enable law enforcement authorities in multiple jurisdictions to search and share fingerprint and facial images of more than 350 million people, in order to match details in a unified system.

WHO releases digital health guidelines

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services. Over the past two years, WHO systematically reviewed evidence on digital technologies and consulted with experts from around the world to produce recommendations on key ways such tools may be used for maximum impact on health systems.

Qualcomm launches smart cities accelerator initiative

Qualcomm has announced a Smart Cities Accelerator Program, which provides B2B website of Qualcomm tech-enabled Smart Cities solutions providers worldwide.

Businesses need more value from IA adoption: KPMG

The vast majority of organisations are struggling to secure value from their Intelligent Automation (IA) activities, with more than a third (38 per cent) of companies confirming investments of more than £7.7 million. A survey of nearly 600 business leaders across 13 countries - including 42 vice president, director and C-Suite executives in the UK - conducted by KPMG International and HFS Research, found that only around a fifth (22 per cent) of companies have scaled up or industrialised IA technology.

Imandra completes $5m seed round

Imandra has completed a $5 million seed investment round, led by AlbionVC, IQ Capital and LiveOak Venture Partners. The capital will be used towards further growth in financial services and applications of its artificial intelligence (AI) technology for autonomous vehicles, robotics and machine learning. It will also support Imandra’s expansion in both the US and the UK, with significant hiring of AI, engineering and product talent in Austin, London and Edinburgh.