City’s highway network gets UK’s latest smart tech overhaul | Sheffield Newsroom | Sheffield City Council

Waste bins that say they’re full, grit bins which tell you they’re empty, drains which ask to be cleaned and trees which demand water.

It sounds futuristic, but the technology is available, and it’s coming to Sheffield.

By spring, the city’s highways contractor, Amey, will have created a digitised public highway network for Sheffield, with thousands of individual wireless sensors communicating via smart sensors.


Source: City’s highway network gets UK’s latest smart tech overhaul | Sheffield Newsroom | Sheffield City Council

DWP spending on IT contractors rockets amid Universal Credit delays

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By Chaminda Jayanetti

Spending on external IT contractors by the Department for Work and Pensions has rocketed to £8m every month in a desperate attempt to get the heavily delayed Universal Credit scheme back on track.

Monthly workforce figures published by the DWP show that departmental spending on “specialist contractors” has more than doubled in just eight months, reaching £8,272,817 in April this year.

Specialist contractors are people temporarily hired from outside to work on a short-term basis as non-payroll contractors rather than employees.

According to the DWP they are working on its IT projects, with their numbers rising due to the department’s need for specialist skills in rolling out its “Digital Transformation Programme”, related to the troubled Universal Credit benefit scheme.

In just over two years the number of specialist contractors working for the DWP has risen from below a hundred in March 2014 to a record high of…

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Games or Gamification: What Can We Learn?

An interesting article, with an even more interesting view point.

I believe it is true that the younger generation of today are so used to electronic gaming, which they appear to enjoy and are willing to learn about. But is this true of education today or are they still using the old, tried and trusted methods, which some of the youngsters of today could well find boring and uninteresting and so are not as willing to learn from as previous generations.

As interests are being expanded and geared to a more modern approach, should not the same be so for education?

Found on the blog of Human Interest, reblogged from MindMake