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News shots …. 19 July 2018



MoD backs work on AI for analysts

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) is funding work on an artificial intelligence tool to provide analysts with clues to potential areas of interest or anomalies before an incident occurs. The predictive cognitive control system is being developed by Montvieux and funded through the Defence and Security Accelerator’s ‘Revolutionise the human information relationship for Defence’ competition.

The MoD said the system can take a broad range of complex data, beyond the ability of analysts to quickly comprehend, and make confidence-based predictions of future events and outcomes of direct operational relevance to defence users.

As part of the second phase development, the system is being refined in the innovation environment of RAF Wyton and deployed into the operational network as a beta service.


Tamworth Council chooses MHR for CMS and training

Tamworth Borough Council has selected MHR’s Enable Now content management and training solution to support the transition of system knowledge and upgrades to its iTrent HR and payroll system.

It makes it possible for the council to create bespoke content and training materials, including documentation, user guides and animated videos. It will also support system upgrades and provide the workforce with ‘just in time’ learning.


TfL and WMCA agree on MoU

Transport for London and the West Midlands Combined Authority have signed a memorandum of understanding to share knowledge on improving transport in the regions.

It will include working together to improve open data for developers through online portals such as TfL’s API platform, identifying new ways to collect transport data, monitoring developments in ‘mobility as a service’ and analysis of road and public transport flows. 


Brexit slows Scottish digital transformation

A majority of Scottish public sector workers believe that central government’s focus on Brexit has slowed down digital transformation efforts, according to a survey by online board portal provider eShare.

It showed that 58% believe that Brexit has distracted organisations from digitisation and that only 46% feel their organisation has sufficient budget for transformation. In addition, 42% feel there is insufficient transparency around board level decision-making; but about two-thirds acknowledge that digitisation is delivering efficiencies.

Mark Wilson, head of Scotland and Ireland for eShare, said: “The pressure on Scottish public sector managers and departments to digitise public services and back end processes has already been immense, but it would appear that central government focus elsewhere is hampering confidence that digitisation can happen.”

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