• Cisco makes statement of intent for ‘new normal’ networking priorities

    With networks and their capabilities more important than ever due to the Covid-19 outbreak, Cisco has announced new intent-based networking solutions which, it says, will help optimise business and network operations, and provide greater control, security and insights to drive better digital experiences.

    The new solutions encompass new automation facilities, insights into internet of things (IoT) endpoints and maintaining safe physical spaces through wireless networks, and are intended for use as organisations face mounting challenges to deliver consistent and positive digital experiences. They are focused on simplifying automation and providing IT and business insights, enabling IT teams to be agile,

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  • Eurostar to roll out facial recognition for ‘passport-free’ travel to Europe

    Eurostar is to deploy biometric facial verification by iProov to allow Eurostar passengers to check-in and board without showing their passports.

    By March 2021, travellers at London’s St Pancras International Station will be able to walk down a contactless, camera-lined “biometric corridor” without presenting any formal identification.

    Passengers can opt to verify their identity in advance by uploading a selfie and a photograph of their passport, after which they receive a message to confirm their identity document has been secured.

    The government-backed system is intended to speed up boarding, cut queues and eliminate physical contact during the Covid-19 crisis, and

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  • Online shopping fraud hits £16m during lockdown

    Online shopping fraud has resulted in about 16,000 people in the UK losing a total of more than £16m to criminals during the coronavirus lockdown, with younger people most affected.

    According to national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre Action Fraud, reports of online shopping fraud increased during the lockdown, when physical retail outlets were forced to close.

    Consumers reported that purchases of mobile phones, electronics and vehicles on websites such as eBay, Facebook, Gumtree and Depop were made, but the products were never delivered. About a quarter of victims were aged between 18 and 26.

    “The global outbreak

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