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Satnav alerts lorry drivers to London cyclist hotspots

Picture of new satnav for Your Expert Witness storyA new satnav system that alerts lorry drivers when they're approaching cyclist hotspots in London has been developed by software experts at Letchworth-based GPS company Navevo, based on official data provided by Transport for London (TfL). The device is programmed to flag up 100 different locations.

Ian Wainwright, Head of Freight and Fleet at TfL, said that the new system will increase the safety of cyclists on the capital's roads.

“For many years London has worked to lead the way in pushing for the adoption of safer lorries and safer lorry driving,” he said. “The creation of a specific cyclist alert for HGV drivers is another positive step forward and will help improve cycle safety across the capital.”

Navevo is said to be planning on expanding the service to include other cities in the future.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 17:32

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New partnership for government and industry to share intelligence on cyber security

Picture of Francis Maude for Your Expert Witness storyOn 27 March, Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office (pictured), launched the Government's new partnership to share information and intelligence on cyber security threats.

The Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP) has been described as "...delivering a key component of the UK's cyber security strategy in facilitating the sharing of information on cyber threats in order to make UK businesses more secure in cyberspace".

The partnership includes the introduction of a secure virtual 'collaboration environment', where government and industry partners can exchange information on threats and vulnerabilities in real time. The CISP will be complemented by a 'Fusion Cell', which will be supported on the government side by the Security Service, GCHQ and the National Crime Agency and by industry analysts from a variety of sectors. They will work together to produce an enhanced picture of cyber threats facing the UK for the benefit of all partners.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 March 2013 17:00

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NSPCC warns of cyber-safety ‘timebomb’

Childline and NSPCC logos for Your Expert Witness storyThe NSPCC has urged people to talk to children about being 'net smart' and called for age appropriate lessons on internet safety to be held in all schools from primary age.
On 4 February the charity issued a warning that the latest research, coupled with calls to ChildLine and focus groups with young people, now show beyond doubt that one of the major child protection issues today is abuse via the internet and mobile phones.

ChildLine carried out 3,745 counselling sessions last year about the issue, with most callers aged between 12 and 15. A further 250 contacts were from children who actually said they were being 'groomed' online. And there was a sharp increase in contacts about exposure to online pornography, with 641 contacts representing a 70% increase for boys, with some callers as young as 11 years old.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 February 2013 18:51

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Caught in the act: dieters deterred by electronic ‘guard-bird’

A picture of the PiFace interface on a RaspberryPi for Your Expert Witness storyAfter a festive period of excess, a January diet is one of the most common New Year resolutions for many people. Sticking to it, however, is not so easy, with temptation around every corner and inside every cupboard.

Now, computer experts at the University of Manchester have come up with a unique deterrent – a talking, tweeting chicken guarding your cupboards to shame hungry dieters into abstaining.

The chicken not only barks out orders to sneaky snackers, but even tweets that person's Twitter account to 'name and shame' them if they stray. It uses a Raspberry Pi – a tiny, single-board computer – in conjunction with the PiFace interface, which has been developed by the University's Computer Science Department to power real-life applications.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 January 2013 13:48

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MoJ to deliver services digitally

Picture of computer screen for Your Expert Witness storyOn 21 December the Ministry of Justice launched a 'digital strategy' that is aimed at transforming the way it delivers services. The MoJ says the strategy will help deliver digital services that are easier to use and better value for users and the Government and is a major step towards becoming digital by default.

Announcing the move, the MoJ said: "It will enable us to design our services around the needs of users: whether that's providing victims with more information about their case, allowing individuals and businesses to file claims more easily, or providing tools to help rehabilitate offenders.

"The strategy outlines our programme of digital transformation and identifies 20 actions grouped under four themes that will change the way we do business and help deliver a justice system that is more effective, less costly and more responsive for the public."

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 December 2012 14:42

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