Games without frontiers
Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have developed a cyber card game to help train staff in the open source techniques a cyber aggressor might use to gain access and control over industrial and commercial infrastructures. Winner of the 2018 Dstl Innovator of the Year award, the game has been shown to speed up players’ understanding of attack techniques and defensive strategies. Dstl is offering the cyber card game on a non-exclusive basis through its Easy Access IP (EAIP) licensing framework, which enables companies to develop Dstl IP at no cost. It has already signed a licensing agreement with Coruscant Productions LLC, which plans to develop the cyber card game further and market it to cyber training providers across the world.
The second generation of NEC InfinityBoard collaboration displays is available in a choice of four sizes (55, 65, 75 and 86 inches) to suit different meeting rooms and applications. All versions incorporate an ultra-high definition InGlass touch display, offering paper-like performance with passive stylus pens; an ultra-wide angle Huddly GO video conferencing camera; conference speakers; and an embedded PC with MS Windows 10 Professional offering easy access to the MS Office Suite and an open platform for software installations. InifinityBoards come with a one-year subscription to the Mosaic Hub interactive presentation, whiteboarding, video conferencing and collaboration app.
Through a partnership with energy software company Upside Energy, Vertiv customers can now return unused energy in their UPS batteries to the UK grid, helping them to reduce their electricity bill and enabling the electricity grid to run more efficiently, especially at peak times. Upside Energy’s cloud-based Flexibility Platform remotely monitors Vertiv customers that opt in and uses their UPS battery storage as a distributed energy resource without impacting the UPS’s primary function as a source of emergency backup power.
The HP Tango X is a compact all-in-one home printer with a stylish cover that also serves as a paper landing zone. Covers are available in linen or cork. The printer is designed for smartphone, tablet and laptop users who can use the accompanying HP Smart app to print, scan and copy from any device, anywhere, over cellular data or WiFi. The app will even notify you when a job is complete and order supplies via HP Instant Ink. Connection to an Amazon Echo or Google Assistant adds voice control.
Microsoft has expanded its Surface portfolio of hardware devices with four new products: the Surface Pro 6 (67% faster than its predecessor); the Surface Laptop 2 (85% faster than the original Surface Laptop); Surface Studio 2 (50% faster than its predecessor); and Surface Headphones, featuring adjustable active noise cancellation and on-ear touch controls.
The Jabra Engage 50 corded headset is compatible with on-premise and cloudbased softphone platforms and features a three-microphone system that filters out background noise in contact centres. Accompanying software provides live on-screen guidance, for example on how to adjust a microphone boom-arm if it’s not placed in an ideal position (Jabra Direct), and data-driven decision making based on detailed analytics (Jabra Express). Analysis of background noise levels could show when they exceed thresholds and enable businesses to take remedial action.
Out of the shadows
Panasonic ShadowSense enables retailers, museums and corporations to create interactive touchscreen video walls of any size using 55-inch panels as building blocks. Three models of panel are available: the VF1-SST and LFV70-SST (700 cd/m2) and the LFV8-SST (500 cd/m2). ShadowSense technology automatically detects and switches between input devices, such as a fingertip, stylus or eraser, and can identify and ignore accidental touches.
Cortado Mobile Solutions has integrated the on-premise file sharing solution Cortado Workplace with smartphones and tablets, giving mobile workers secure access to the same drives and files on their mobile devices as on their desktop workstation. It also gives them the ability to save data while on the move, directly from their mobile devices to the corporate server. Cortado Workplace can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or in combination with MDM/EMM systems such as MobileIron, AirWatch (VMware Workspace ONE) or Citrix XenMobile. Set-up is instant using existing access rights from Microsoft Active Directory.