FS Fives: Tuesday, August 30

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

First up, medical consultations could be conducted via confidential web chats under plans outlined by the new chief executive of Scottish helpline NHS 24. Patients can already talk about issues such as quitting smoking or organising care for a relative with an adviser over the internet. Angiolina Foster, who was “parachuted into the role of chief executive amid an IT fiasco”, has outlined plans to expand the ways in which patients can obtain healthcare advice.

IoT in the Highlands

Next, the Highlands’ first low power, wide area (LoRa) Internet of Things (IoT) network has been launched. It is the result of a joint venture between CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, Stream Technologies and SPICA Technologies aimed at developing new business solutions. Monitoring a range of data – including temperature, humidity, CO2 emissions, noise, and light – the network will help the building’s owners and occupants make better decisions about how they manage their environment, through data visualisation and analytics.

‘Landmark year’ for Deloitte

Deloitte reports a “landmark year” in Scotland as fee income across its UK business rose 13.6% to £3.04bn. Deloitte said it added 10 more partners and directors in Scotland, taking the total to 45, and added 53 graduates and 10 school leavers through its BrightStarts programme. The firm also plans to open a new digital studio in Edinburgh, which will be part of a global network of 26 DeloitteDigital studios planned.

App showing clean air routes

An app devised by young people that displays ‘clean air’ routes around Glasgow has been selected as part of a pitch of ideas to  entrepreneurs at Venturefest Scotland. Dr Susie Mitchell, programme director of Glasgow City of Science, said: “The young people were guided by leading figures from the world of television, gaming, product design and 3D animation.”

And finally…Ouch! Apple has been ordered to pay $14.5bn in tax to the Irish Government; that’s nearly half a year’s worth of profits for the company. It could dip into the $215bn reserve it has accrued in recent years – or it could just appeal.

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