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Deganwy gigapixel panorama

Following on from my Conwy gigapixel1 image, this is the second to be published and taken as the sun was going down behind the Conwy mountain, the image was captured from an area known locally as the Vardre, it s also the site of the Deganwy castle ruins. The image was captured on the 18th February 2016. Explore the image, zoom in and you ll be amazed what you can see from up there. This image is best viewed from a computer connected to broadband and by clicking the fullscreen button. If you would like to purchase this image please see below

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MPs warn the Government not to forget high speed Internet access in rural areas

MPs are warning the government not to forget small, rural communities in the roll-out of high-speed internet connections.

There s a target of rolling out superfast broadband to 95 per cent of the country by 2017. But a report from the Commons Committee overseeing rural affairs says there s a risk that the remaining 5 per cent of householders could feel increasingly cut off.

MPs said Britain risks becoming a two-tier society if certain houses are not able to connect to the internet. A total 850,000 people still cannot access broadband at even basic speeds, such as 2 megabytes per second.

Anne McIntosh, Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said that rather than keep investing in those areas which already have fast speed, lets reallocate the funds to those rural communities that really do feel they ve been left behind .

She said: Broadband is an essential public utility. Schoolchildren can t do their homework, people can t pay their tax without it .

Ed Vaizey, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, recognized that superfast broadband is not everywhere in the UK, because it doesn t make commercial sense for the big telecom companies to install the hardware in rural areas.

The MPs suggested that the Government should provide rural households without access to the Internet with vouchers to subsidise satellite broadband connections.

Wifi sheeps and riverbanks in rural Conwy

An ambitious project has been recently launched in rural Conwy to turn farm fields into digital smart zones. The main idea is to connect the internet to everything from sheep to riverbanks so that the countryside can benefit from the digital revolution.

The project was launched at the Lancaster University and has been awarded 171,000 to assess if the Internet of Things (IOT) concept can be extended to rural areas.

IOT technology allows everyday objects, from fridges to doorbells and lights, to be controlled remotely using mobile phones, with a two-way flow of information mediated by apps.

Digital collars could help to track animals, soil sensors could warn of erosion, riverbank devices can give flooding alerts and even badger tags could provide an early warning system for bovine TB.

The possibilities are limitless, said project leader Prof. Gordon Blair.

The project began in December with the deployment of riverbank sensors to monitor rainfall. It will eventually be extended to two or three locations.

By Jos L.

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