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Brian Baglow


DIGIT Weekly News Roundup 20/11/2017

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Scottish Tech News

CareSourcer – The start-up which enables users to compare and source carers and care workers, has signed a partnership with the NHS Gloucestershire Foundation Trust and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. The contract has been valued at more than £750,000. CEO Andrew McGinley, said: “Our clear mission is to reduce delayed discharge across the UK by helping individuals in need of care find a provider as quickly as possible and we know we can do this because the status quo is not working for anyone.”

Three Scottish Hospitals to trial national digital pathology service – NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian are launching a proof-of-concept pilot of a Scottish digital pathology programme. Head of IT, diagnostics at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Kenny Birney, said: “Computational pathology offers new insights through data analysis, meaning pathologists can consult on treatment options such as in immuno-oncology. Our aim is to bring these exciting innovations to Scotland with an integrated digital pathology solution, ensuring equity of access for all patients, irrespective of geographical location.”

NVT Group Wins European Championships – The Scottish internet group has picked up the contract to provide telecommunications services, internet access and network integration across the venues in Glasgow hosting the 2018 European Championships in partnership with Berlin. Glasgow will feature cycling, golf, aquatics, rowing, triathlon and aquatic events, while athletic events will take place in Germany.

Huawei Phone - DIGIT Weekly news roundupEdinburgh University Extends Partnership With Huwaei – The university and the Chinese tech giant have signed a research agreement to investigate the potential for AI robotics systems to operate over next generation 5G wireless networks. Researchers at Huawei’s Wireless X Labs and University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre will investigate how AI systems can adapt wireless 5G networks to provide optimum wireless support for robotics and systems. Senior vice principal of the University of Edinburgh, Professor Charlie Jeffery, said: “We are thrilled to have deepened our relationship with Huawei to researching 5G within AI applications. Our ambition is to utilise the knowledge of our world-leading experts to fully understand the interaction of AI and robotics systems with mobile networks. This new research agreement gives our team the opportunity to apply their 5G networking expertise into solving real-world problems – helping to transform industries including healthcare and emergency services.”

Scottish Government Researching Estonia’s Use of Digital Identity – Scottish Government officials are investigating the advanced digital tax system used in Estonia, to see if it could be used to administer devolved taxes in Scotland. Estonia’s ambassador to the UK, Tiina Intelmann, said: “We are very open to sharing information about what we have done, but not every country is willing to use our models. That model requires a citizen to accept the loss of a certain amount of privacy, because everything is linked to a single source. Everything is cross-linked. Some people may not like that… That amount of openness may not be comfortable.”

Patient Data Transmissions Could Save Lives – Paramedics that sends video and ultrasound images to hospitals ahead of a patient’s arrival could help doctors save lives of people living in rural areas. The trial will enable hospital-based specialists to provide advice and feedback to paramedics during long ambulance journeys. The research is being carried out by the University of Aberdeen, NHS Highland and the Scottish Ambulance Service. Five ambulance stations across the Scottish Highlands are taking part. Leila Eadie, research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, said: “We are taking diagnostic tools used in the emergency department into rural ambulances.”

Bank of Scotland Introduces Chatbot to iPhone App – Around 50,000 customers will initially have access to the chatbot via the bank’s iPhone app. The bot can answer frequently-asked questions and will learn over time, to allow it to answer more queries.  The bot software was developed in-house using a combination of technology from  Lloyds Banking Group, of which Bank of Scotland is part, and third party technology. “We are experimenting with how to use artificial intelligence to help our customers find the information in the simplest and most convenient way possible,” said Nick Williams, managing director, consumer digital, at Bank of Scotland.

World Tech News


Connected Toys Make Parents Wannacry – Which? warns that toys including Furby’s CloudPets, i-Que robots and Toy – fi Teddy are basically like inviting a stranger to hide in your child’s wardrobe. This Christmas, do the right thing. Get your kids something wooden and brightly coloured. Or if you don’t like them, the traditional lump of coal remains popular.

Tesla Gets A Semi On – “Semi is the safest, most comfortable truck ever. Four independent motors provide maximum power and acceleration and require the lowest energy cost per mile.” The truck also features ““Tesla Armor Glass,” capable of withstanding a nuclear explosion.” Presumably a full refund is yours should you perish in the fiery inferno of a nuclear exchange. Elon’s probably good for it…

WTF Tesla? – Or Wow! That’s FAST.  0 to 60 mph in just 1.9 seconds, 0 to 100 mph in 4.2 seconds, a top speed above 250 mph and 621 miles of estimated range on a single charge. It’s also quite pretty. We’re not really massive car people. But that’s really quite impressive, right? Let’s all get one…

Mashable Going for $50M in Fire Sale – Former digital media darling Mashable (founded by Scot, Pete Cashmore) is expected to confirm a sale to US publisher Ziff Davis for around $50m, according to the Wall Street Journal. If the sale happens, it would mark a huge drop to the $250m Mashable received in its last round of funding in March 2016.

While You’re Reading…

[So, we’re trying this on a Monday rather than a Friday. The last week, something to ponder while you’re contemplating another week’s worth of digital technologising and business leadership (we know our audience. As always, your feedback is very welcome:]

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