Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s round-up of Scottish digital news.
First-up, Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way has signed up to produce a film based on Sports Illustrated writer Albert Chen’s The Big Game, which will chronicle the rise of Edinburgh’s FanDuel and its fantasy sports rival DraftKings. “The film will focus on this high-stakes world, its colourful cast of characters and how this cult obsession became an instantaneous national pastime,” reported Deadline Hollyrood.
Next, Sensewhere, the indoor positioning company, has been awarded £1.4m by Scottish Enterprise to create jobs and develop its technology. The firm is pioneering the use of location and navigation data in dense urban areas, including shopping centres and airports where GPS and other systems are blocked. It uses a database of electromagnetic sources, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth signals and other sensors to triangulate a user’s location.
Construction ‘ripe for a tech revolution’
Construction is one of the last industries to go fully digital and is ripe for a technology revolution, says Stephen Good, chief executive of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre. The centre is set to invest £1.5m of its £7.8m core funding on capital equipment that will give businesses access to robotics, large-scale 3D printing facilities and a host of other innovation-driving equipment.
Concerns over legislation cut-backs
Scottish Government proposals to ease planning legislation could make it easier for mobile phone companies to put up masts on some of the country’s most important historical and natural areas. A new consultation document details plans to “dramatically cut back” on rules that protect conservation areas, historic battlefields, national parks and sites of special scientific interest. It is hoped the overhaul, which will see applications dealt with more swiftly, will improve mobile reception in Scotland’s many signal blackspots. However, fears have been raised that the proposals could see “a flood of masts” going up on heritage sites and ecologically sensitive areas.
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