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Ripple – the panic button you can wear

Ripple Network Technology has designed a coin-sized wearable device that acts as a panic button, TechCrunch reported[1]. The company has taken to Kickstarter[2] to fund the device, asking backers to help raise £50,000 to get the product off the ground. It will use a healthcare monitoring system called Tunstall and will be limited to working within the United States.

If its button is clicked three times by the user, it calls the nearest emergency services via a Bluetooth connection to your phone. For £49, backers get a Ripple and a 3-month support service subscription. A device and a one-year subscription is priced at £129.

The device is set to launch in April 2017.

Now read: Cell C launches emergency services panic button[3]

References

  1. ^ TechCrunch reported (techcrunch.com)
  2. ^ Kickstarter (www.kickstarter.com)
  3. ^ Cell C launches emergency services panic button (mybroadband.co.za)

BT fibre optic broadband coming to Holderness

BT Fibre Optic Broadband Coming To Holderness

The Yorkshire village of Tunstall, Holderness, is set to get connected to BT’s superfast fibre optic broadband network, thanks to efforts from local residents and businesses. When locals discovered that their coastal village wasn’t going to be included in any fibre rollouts in the area, they sought the help of wind farm company Dong Energy – who agreed to fund installation for the village. Currently, most Tunstall homes and businesses can only get broadband at speeds below 2Mb, but BT says fibre will bring speeds up to a superfast 80Mb.

Plus, since the network gives residents broadband access via Openreach, fibre packages may soon be available from other providers too – such as Sky, TalkTalk, and Plusnet. That’s despite being in a HU postcode, usually the realm of KCOM. Openreach spokesperson Emma Peace said: “It is great to be able to work with communities like Tunstall village to find a fibre broadband solution… Residents in all of the CFP areas will have a choice of internet service providers and be able to choose from a wide range of packages.”

Tunstallers are thrilled with the news, saying they’re “over the moon”. As well as benefiting people at home, the rollout is also a big boon for rural businesses, including a number of local farms. Villager Mark Ridpath explained to the Hull Daily Mail1: “Farmers now need the internet for all the stuff they do, things like getting access to the latest market information, keeping equipment secure with broadband powered CCTV or for selling farm shop produce online.

“Being able to benefit from faster download speeds becomes more important as more home devices connect to the internet and so many things are accessed or delivered online.”

There’s no word on when the fibre network will go live – but if other similar schemes are anything to go by, it’ll probably arrive by the end of the year.

Source: Hull Daily Mail2

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BT Openreach launching high-speed fibre broadband in Holderness village

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Homes and businesses in a Holderness2 village are looking forward to a superfast future, after residents took matters into their own hands to secure high-speed fibre broadband. Tunstall residents joined forces with offshore wind farm operator Dong Energy3 for help in funding a high-speed broadband connection. They made the move after finding out their community was not part of current fibre broadband4 roll-out plans.

The company agreed to fund the installation, which will provide access to new fibre-to-the-cabinet technology (FTTC), offering speeds up to 80Mbps to village properties. The work will be carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business, which is also helping to fund the project. Superfast download speeds, which should be available towards the end of this year, will mean streaming high-definition TV or movies online, uploading big files in seconds and using video-calling services, will all be possible.

BT Openreach Launching High-speed Fibre Broadband In Holderness Village

Villager Mark Ridpath, who helped lead the community campaign along with Stephen and Christine Midgley, said: “Currently, you’re lucky if you get 1Mbps in download speed. It really doesn’t allow you to do very much.

“We’re over the moon about getting fibre – my wife is planning to leave her job later this year and set up her own foot care business. Having access to high-speed broadband will really help her to get it off the ground.

“Having superfast speeds will give me the freedom to work from home, but also doing things like video conferencing will be so much easier. I have a brother living in New Zealand, who we don’t see very often, so it will really help us to keep in touch.

“There are quite a few families here and having fibre will also help children living here get online to complete homework assignments or access educational recourses to help them with schoolwork.”

More news: The next streets to get KCOM ultrafast broadband in Hull and East Yorkshire5

The coastal village has several farms which should also benefit. Mr Ridpath, a BBC engineer, said: “Farmers now need the internet for all the stuff they do, things like getting access to the latest market information, keeping equipment secure with broadband powered CCTV or for selling farm shop produce online.

“Being able to benefit from faster download speeds becomes more important as more home devices connect to the internet and so many things are accessed or delivered online.”

Julian Carolan, senior environment and consents specialist at Dong Energy, said the company is committed to supporting communities where it operates. He said: “We hope the installation of this high-speed broadband will provide long-term benefits to Tunstall for many years to come.

“We are extremely proud of our role in this part of the country and have committed funding for a brand new promenade feature in nearby Withernsea as well.”

Openreach spokeswoman Emma Peace said: “It is great to be able to work with communities like Tunstall village to find a fibre broadband solution.”

Because the work is being carried out by Openreach, BT’s local network business, residents in all of the CFP areas will have a choice of internet service providers and be able to choose from a wide range of packages. Visit www.communityfibre.bt.com6 to find out about entering into a community fibre partnership with BT.

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References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Holderness (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Dong Energy (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  4. ^ broadband (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)
  5. ^ The next streets to get KCOM ultrafast broadband in Hull and East Yorkshire (www.google.co.uk)
  6. ^ www.communityfibre.bt.com (www.communityfibre.bt.com)
  7. ^ Link to full article (www.hulldailymail.co.uk)