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Sturgeon puts e-bikes on fast track


Nicola Sturgeon personally inter- vened to accelerate the introduc- tion of an electric bike courier scheme that could replace tradi- tional delivery vehicles, according to the lobbying register. The first minister agreed to help the US freight company United Parcel Service (UPS) bring its e-bikes to Scotland, which could come in time for the Cop26 climate change conference in November. She took part in a private video conference with the company on 12 December, during an event hosted by the Lon- don Chamber of Commerce. A pilot project is now on track to co-incide with Cop26. Glasgow City Council said it had “been meeting with UPS with the objective of implementing a ‘last mile’ delivery pilot project for Cop26, on the Broomielaw”.


Leadership circle to harness AI potential


A team of high-profile technology experts have been appointed to help Scotland become a leader in the development and use of “trustworthy, ethical and inclusive” artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The Scottish AI Alliance Leadership Circle, chaired by Gillian Docherty, chief executive of The Data Lab, will work to deliver the AI Strategy, unveiled by the Scottish Government in March. It will also develop the AI Playbook – an “open and practical guide” which aims to help the public, industry, public sector and academia understand and realise the benefits offered by AI.


SBRC targets third sector cyber crime


A Scottish cybersecurity centre is strengthening its response to cyber crime in the third sector – following a concerning rise in attacks on voluntary organisations – with the creation of a new role. The Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) has appointed Alison Stone, who has over 20 years’ experience working in IT-based roles, to the new position of cyber resilience co-ordinator for the third sector. It comes after a government report indicated that more than a quarter of voluntary sector organisations experienced a cyber breach or attack in 2020.


Ferry operator berths HR system


The owner of Scotland’s main passenger ferry service has procured a modern and cloud- based software solution worth up to £676,195. David MacBrayne Limited (DML), which is the parent company of CalMac Ferries and Solent


Gateway, has confirmed software company MHR will provide it with a human capital management system that incorporates HR, payroll, learning and development, and workforce management functionality.


Dundee cloud company clicks with Amazon


A cloud service provider has achieved “public sector partner” status from Amazon Web Services (AWS) following an expansion of its customer-base during the pandemic. The accreditation recognises Dundee-based Brightsolid for its cloud-based solutions and experience across government, education and non-profit customers. Over the


last 18 months, Brightsolid has extended its experience in enabling public sector organisations to take advantage of cloud-based services and has established a close working relationship with AWS. The recognition will give it access to partner programmes to help it grow its business as well as increased visibility across AWS webpages.


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