FS Fives: Monday, September 12

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Cruden Homes has launched a home viewing experience which it hopes will revolutionise Scotland’s housing market. It is offering virtual reality (VR) tours of its Baron’s Vale development in Glasgow’s East End. “From the comfort of the sales and marketing suite, a VR headset will allow anyone using the device to experience and feel every detail of their potential new home.” Once the user puts on the headset, they will feel like they are standing in the home and by moving their head they can ‘walk’ from room to room and between floors of the property.

Skyscanner co-founder Gareth Williams has acquired an undisclosed stake in cyber security firm My1Login as part of a £1.3 million injection into the business from a consortium of private and public sector investors. My1Login, which has a development centre in Glasgow, is a technology company that offers solutions to what is known as the identity and access management. “My1Login is perfectly placed to be the European leader in identity and access management and I’m excited to be involved in the next stage of their growth,” said Williams.

The Scottish Government has published a ‘Prior Information Notice’ on its R100 project, an ambition to bring 100% superfast broadband coverage to Scotland. Its definition of superfast is 30 Mbps and faster, exceeding the UK’s universal service obligation of a minimum 10 Mbps by a long way.

Police officers are said to be relying on their own smartphones to investigate crime because the force’s IT systems are so out of date. The Scottish Police Federation said Police Scotland was being forced to fight “21st century crime with 1990s technology”. The SPF, which represents rank and file officers, claimed many of its members used their own mobiles due to difficulties in getting online using force computers. In a submission to a Scottish Government consultation on police priorities, the SPF said the “trickle of money” for IT projects meant the service would only be able to afford to “invest in yesterday’s technology for delivery tomorrow”.

And finally…want to Airbnb your home? An Edinburgh company can help ease the pain.