FS Fives: Tuesday, August 16

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, the Scottish Government has been urged not to allow Orkney and Shetland to be at the “back of the queue” for superfast broadband. Concerns have been raised after rural affairs minister Fergus Ewing suggested that rural and island communities would likely be the last to benefit from the roll-out. In a letter to isles MSP Tavish Scott, Ewing said: “Any approach which sought a superfast solution for the most remote premises in the first instance would be unlikely to maximise market interest.” Scott responded: ““The Scottish government should be prioritising places like Orkney and Shetland which currently put up with some of the lowest connection speeds in Scotland.” His comments come ahead of a digital forum due to be held in the isles on Saturday, where representatives from 02, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and BT will provide updates on their work to improve coverage and answer questions from the public.

Glaswegian password company secures funding

Next, MY1LOGIN, the online password specialist, has signalled plans to boost its headcount and ramp up its European expansion plans after securing funding worth £1.3m. The Glasgow-based company, whose identity and access management solutions help companies combat cyber crime, has been backed again by Scottish Investment Bank, Equity Gap and TRI Capital, with Par Equity investing in the business for the first time. Chief executive Mike Newman said the investment would allow My1Login to increase staff numbers by 50 per cent to 22 over the next six to nine months, paving the way for it to expand its customer base in Europe.

New version of SphereVision

Scientific, engineering and medical software developer Arithmetica has launched a new version of the SphereVision 360-degree imaging suite with support for Edinburgh-based NCTech’s industrial grade iSTAR panoramic camera. With applications including forensic evidence collection, surveying, asset management and construction, it allows users to capture measurements directly from within a spherical image. SphereVision can record a real-world environment in all directions at the same time and viewers can pan around an image, moving through and exploring the as if they were there.

How can small charities go digital?

Rebecca Curtis-Moss, communications, engagement and events coordinator at the Euan MacDonald Centre for MND Research, constantly comes across small charities which recognise a need to get online and use digital tools, but have no idea where to start. Here’s her round-up of those doing a great job and what you can learn from them.

And finally…the new squad of detectives who never forget a face.