Cyber attackers now targeting industrial and freight systems

20 May 2016

Eugene Kaspersky (right) said not enough is being done to defend ICSs against hack attacks.

Eugene Kaspersky (right) said not enough is being done to defend ICSs against hack attacks.

Industrial control systems (ICSs) in factories and refineries are joining critical national infrastructure (CNI) as new targets for cyber criminals, security expert Eugene Kaspersky has warned.

He believes online threats are now poised to direct their activities more at the industrial sector, as attacks on CNI globally have exposed how vulnerable connected field-level industrial equipment is.

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Flower power gives 1960s icon 21st century communications

20 May 2016

Jimi Hendrix lived in a London flat in Brook Street during the late 1960s.

Jimi Hendrix lived in a London flat in Brook Street during the late 1960s.

The legacy of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is being brought to life with some unlikely help from the Daisy Group. 

The ICT and managed services provider specialist claims it has revolutionised the technology in the London flat at 23 Brook Street which has now been restored to its original state when Hendrix lived there from July 1968 to March 1969.

Together with 25 Brook Street next door – the home of German composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 to 1759 – the property has now been turned into a museum.

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Blackpool’s historic tramway gets a radio communications upgrade

20 May 2016

Blackpool’s tramway dates back to 1885 but now feature modern Flexity 2 trams.

Blackpool’s tramway dates back to 1885 but now feature modern Flexity 2 trams.

Blackpool Transport has entered into a wide ranging contract to upgrade the vehicle radio communications systems operating across the seaside town’s public transportation system, including its iconic Golden Mile trams.

Blackpool Transport carries 20 million passengers a year. Fifty per cent of that is during the summer season, and over the holiday season the company is said to cover 4.4 million passenger miles.

Its deal with Leyland-based TES Wireless Communications is for a managed service contract.

This entails the provision, commission, and maintenance of a three-site MPT1327 trunked radio system to provide an always-on connection between Blackpool Transport’s bus and tram fleet drivers and its main control rooms.

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KCOM opens cultural connection with Hull 2017

20 May 2016

Managing director Gary Young says KCOM will be working to connect Hull during its City of Culture 2017.

Managing director Gary Young says KCOM will be working to connect Hull during its City of Culture 2017.

KCOM has been named as the first private sector organisation for the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 year-long event. 

As the programme’s ‘Principal Communications Partner’, the company will initially provide a 1Gb fibre broadband connection to the Hull UKCoC offices.

It will later also enable free Wi-Fi access for outdoor events throughout the year which organisers say are expected to attract more than 20,000 people.

Hull was announced as the winner of UKCoC 2017 in 2013.

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