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The Plight of Ocean Plastics

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By 2050 they’ll be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Ocean gyres in the North and South Pacific, North and South Atlantic, and Indian Oceans continue to trap huge collections of plastic in their currents, leaking harmful contaminants into marine ecosystems and the food chain. Whilst the majority of clean up initiatives have focused on beaches and shorelines, The Ocean …

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AI and the Law

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It takes years of education, hundreds of cases, and a wealth of courtroom experience to turn a prospective law student into a proficient legal expert. Whilst the intricacies of the law will likely always need a human approach, advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) could soon see such technologies play a key role in our search for justice and truth.  In early 2018, …

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ECA Services Ltd. Becomes an EMET Group Company

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Strategic partnership to focus on UK and European growth, granting ECA the scope to support full stack IT infrastructure at any scale. Reading, May 14, 2018 – ECA Services Ltd. and EMET Group (E&M Computing, TASE: EMCO) today announced completion of a strategic acquisition that will see the Reading-based system integrator join a group of IT infrastructure specialists. Building on …

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The Internet of Growing Things

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When we think of the Internet of Things (IoT), we typically think of flashy applications like autonomous vehicles, smart homes, and connected healthcare. With new technologies making their way to market every day, it’s easy to miss those that impact the more rural areas of our society. Possibly the most labour-intensive industry we have; agriculture is beginning to see huge advances …

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Meltdown and Spectre: The Details You Need

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On January 3rd, 2018, the U.S. National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Centre (NCCIC) was made aware of a set of critical vulnerabilities in modern computer processors. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities would allow an attacker to steal data currently stored in computer memory. This can include passwords, personal details, emails, photos, and even business-critical documents. Modern programs are typically equipped with …

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A Future without Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality began as a campaign promise by U.S. Senator Barack Obama of Illinois. Shortly after his historic 8-year term began, the idea of a free and open internet became a reality when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced a set of protections that would prevent Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking websites or imposing limits. Since their introduction …

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Christmas & Chinese New Year at ECA

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With the festivities approaching, we can now confirm our official hours for the holiday season – please see below: Friday December 22nd: 08:30 – 12:00 Monday December 25th to Friday December 29th: CLOSED Monday January 1st: CLOSED Tuesday January 2nd: 08:30 – 17:30 At ECA we work very closely with our Taiwanese and Chinese partners who are also counting down to the …

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Fighting Crime with IoT

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The fitness watch on your wrist that can track where you run. The game console in your home that can record when you play. The smart speaker in your kitchen that can record what you say. Whilst our lives continue to be transformed by technology, not many people understand the sheer power of these devices and how they can, if …

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Getting Hands-On With Data

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Whether you’re splitting data in a pie chart, comparing variables in a scatter graph or presenting changes in a bar chart, we’re entering an age where 2D representations simply don’t cut it. We need to embrace interactive and real time data visualization – a task that Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are perfect for. The volume of usable …

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New Data, New Opportunities

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Digital thermostats, pet monitoring cameras, autonomous vacuum cleaners, intelligent refrigerators – when leaving our homes, as we do every day, we’re now leaving them in the hands of our devices. The Internet of Things (IoT) is helping to pioneer a truly connected era of technology however it’s clear that the driving force behind its growth isn’t innovation, it’s data. The …

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Making a City Smart

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With a market expected to be worth more than $750 billion by 2020, Smart Cities are now becoming less like concepts and more like liveable, operational and successful urban environments. As countries like Denmark, USA, South Korea, Malaysia and France make huge strides towards technologically-driven ecosystems, we’re now starting to see that these transformations take more than just city-wide Wi-Fi …

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ECA’s Triumphant Return to Tough Mudder

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If you’re lucky enough to have avoided the call to arms, a Tough Mudder typically involves a 10-12 mile run with 20-25 obstacles scattered throughout. Throw in the hilliest and most demanding landscape in the county and you have Tough Mudder London West 2017! Following our spectacular appearance at London South last year, we returned to the mud once again, only …

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Next Generation Education

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Whilst the internet continues to drive the advancement of technology in almost every sector, there are few fields that have seen such a profound transformation as that of education. Our day-to-day technology has become a cornerstone of our education system, creating opportunities for research, distance learning and communication in institutions around the world. Whether it’s information access whilst on the move, …

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Smart Grids and the Road to Energy Independence

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Located 28 miles off the Cornwall coast, the Isles of Scilly are set to be the focus of a multimillion pound EU project led by Hitachi Europe. The Smart Energy Islands project will see the integration of a new smart grid that will use the latest software to manage supply and demand through renewable energy sources, energy storage and Electric …

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The New Age of Manufacturing

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The advancement of machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) is leading to a significant and fundamental shift within the manufacturing sector. Whilst smart factories can operate with near-complete autonomy, the human element is now responsible for decision making and intervention. With the principles of Industry 4.0, innovative automation technology and far-reaching high-speed networks, the manufacturing sector has everything it needs to undergo a critical …

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The Uneven Adoption of IoT

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Researches are forecasting that the IoT market will lead to 30.7 billion connected devices by 2020, with a further 145% growth by 2025! What’s even more impressive is that when you look at the Internet of Things so far, it’s clear that we’re just getting started! IoT continues to create new revenue models as more businesses invest in the next …

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The Service Branches of Windows 10

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Originally, Microsoft would release a new version of Windows followed by updates and bug fixes, with new functionality being saved for the next version released a few years later. With Windows 10 now running on more than 250 million devices around the world, Microsoft is now giving users the choice in how they receive updates with the introduction of 3 Service …

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Making Industry 4.0 a Reality

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With Industry 4.0 sitting front and centre of so many of today’s digital strategies, it’s easy to forget how difficult the road to digital success can be. Now entering its 7th year; Industry 4.0 brings together the advancement of fast internet connections and the unprecedented growth of smart devices and their applications. The digital transformation that runs at its core will …

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Hackable in 3 Minutes

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As of June 2016, 65% of enterprises have deployed IoT applications. By 2018, 2/3 of said enterprises will experience breaches in security due to those applications. When you consider there are almost 6.5 billion devices already in use today, with a projected 20 billion by 2020, it’s undeniable to see that IoT is truly here to stay, but can we say the …

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Does HMI have a future?

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Industry 4.0 is now a global trend, encompassing a number of innovative technologies such as cyber-physical systems, the Internet of Things (IoT), big data and machine learning. As the manufacturing sector continues its digital transformation, it’s clear that IoT is driving the next era of industrial and intelligent connectivity, a time where a more elegant Human Machine Interface (HMI) is needed. …