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  • Making infrastructure cybesafe

    28th September 2018

    In October 2016, the UK government launched the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) aimed at enhancing the country’s ability to deal with cyber threats. The move outlined the growing importance of cybersecurity…

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  • The evolution of the smart grid

    29th August 2018

    Japan faces a unique power delivery challenge because of its two entirely incompatible power grids. The odd system is a legacy from the 19th Century, when local providers In Osaka used 60Hz…

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  • Plug and play in industrial plants

    26th June 2018

    Contradictory to the common belief that technology necessary for Industry 4.0 is expensive, the Combine and Conquer report by Accenture found that combining technologies such as AR/VR, big data and machine learning…

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  • Protecting utilities

    15th June 2018

    Minimising cyber security threats on industrial control systems  In 2017, the UK Government proposed the implementation of the Security of Networking and Information Systems (NIS) Directive,  with the aim of improving the…

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  • Retrofitting cybersecurity

    23rd May 2018

    In 1982, long before a cybersecurity threat to control system networks was widely recognised, a Trojan horse attack on control system software reportedly caused a huge explosion in a Siberian gas pipeline….

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  • Preparing for the future

    19th March 2018

    Exploring the World Economic Forum’s Readiness for the Future of Production report  In January, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched its first Readiness for the Future of Production report, which revealed Britain…

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  • Energy efficiency expectations

    19th February 2018

    According to the Data for the Public Good report by the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in December 2017, a digital twin of UK infrastructure is necessary to identify inefficiencies in national energy…

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  • Predicting the future

    31st January 2018

    The fourth industrial revolution is well underway and as state-of-the-art technology drops in price, many more industries are benefiting from smart factories. As a recent PwC survey found 72 per cent of…

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