Industry News

MoD: The Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Thales UK have signed a new research contract for technology that will improve the resilience of future UK aircraft to anti-air threats.
The technology demonstrator, scheduled to be completed in 2015, will prove that the system can identify & declare threats in complex environments with a high level of accuracy.  It will use up to 6 single colour infra-red sensors to provide full coverage of the volume around the aircraft and use Thales algorithms on a central processor.
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WAG: NHS Wales has entered a contract framework that will give better value for money across all GP Clinical System services.  GP practice suppliers EMIS and INPS are to provide a managed IT service to the country’s GP surgeries

The main elements of the framework agreement are a Practice Software Service, Data-Centre Hardware & Software, a Drug Database and Utilities – Support & Maintenance & Training.
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OS: Budding entrepreneurs across Great Britain are bidding for a share of £125,000 funding to turn their ideas on how Wales could make the most of its new coast path, into a reality. 

The recently opened Wales Coast Path is the first coastal network in the world to cover an entire country.  The 870 mile-long path stretches from the Dee estuary in north-east Wales to Chepstow in the south-east with breath taking scenery.
As part of its GeoVation Challenge, Ordnance Survey has challenged entrepreneurs across Great Britain to use innovation & geography to come up with ideas for ventures, products & applications, which will help connect communities & visitors along the path, benefiting those who live & work along the route, and beyond.  Ideas have been developed in response to community based workshops, which identified problems associated with the path that need to be solved.
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DCMS: North Yorkshire is the first county to deploy fibre broadband using funds from BDUK, the Government unit responsible for managing broadband funding. County council chiefs have signed a contract with BT that will help to take the total amount invested in the area’s fibre broadband to date to about £70m.
BT is contributing £10m towards this project alongside £17.8m of BDUK funds and £8.6m from the European Regional Development Fund.  The telecommunications company has committed about £23m on fibre broadband in the county so far.
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HO: A new company has been set up to help police forces to improve their information technology and get better value for money from contracts. The police ICT company is currently jointly owned by the Association of Police Authorities and the Home Office, but will be handed over to police & crime commissioners following elections in November 2012. 
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