Networked Globe Briefing — 12 March 2014

The discussion continues around David Cameron’s announcement of further UK funding on Internet of Things research while Ericsson partners with Save the Children and McAfee and Intel announce new security initiatives.

Britain stakes its claim on the IoT

David Cameron’s announcement of further investment in research and development around the Internet of Things has triggered plenty of commentary. At Networked Globe, we interviewed the head of London & Partners – the UK capital’s economic development agency – on how Britain is positioning itself in the 21st Century.

The UK will be bringing its total funding of IoT research to £73 million, coupled with other initiatives and tax incentives the British government hopes to put the nation at the forefront of the European tech industry.

Ericsson Response partners with Save the Children

Mobility vendor Ericsson has entered into a partnership with charity Save the Children for global disaster response.

Under the agreement, Ericsson’s global initiative Ericsson Response will provide communications technology and ICT capabilities to respond faster to disasters.

Ericsson Response will assign staff and technical solutions as an emergency response or for non-emergency field operations. The organizations will also cooperate in workshops and provide training for staff and volunteers.

Ericsson Response was founded in 2000 when the company’s employees expressed a wish to contribute their experience and skills in disaster relief situations.

Intel, McAfee announce new security strategy

Chipset manufacturer Intel has announced a new collaborative security strategy involving itself, McAfee, and Wind River reports IT Pro Portal

With both McAfee and Wind River already part of Intel’s Security Group, the collaboration is aimed at providing improved real-time analysis and elimination of security threats in smart grid electrical networks.

Image of electricity pylons courtesy of ColinBroug through

About the author

Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.