The Digital Cities Index 2022 whitepaper sets out the key factors that have helped cities worldwide adopt digital technologies. The report provides an insight into the many benefits digital technologies offer and highlights best practice examples from the top-performing smart cities.
The report emphasises there is a sizeable bank of experience based on digital technology deployments throughout the world, which can be used when cities choose to form their own policies/strategies. In this blog post, I’ll summarise the key takeaways of the DCI report.
Once malware or a malicious exploit has bypassed your defences and run on your system, it may establish a foothold that ensures it will continue to run, even after reboots or the user logs off. This type of threat is known as a persistent foothold. EDR/MDR software can identify and neutralise these types of persistent threats. Read more
We receive a lot of enquiries from small business (SMB) and SME customers looking at ways they can enhance the security of their IT and network environment. We thought we’d share a Small Business Security Blueprint which provides advice, examples and suggested products that can enhance the security of any small business. Read more
As of 1st March 2022, Microsoft will be making changes to its Microsoft 365 product subscriptions. The changes relate to pricing and the minimum term.
The changes announced by Microsoft apply to Microsoft 365 services provided by MTG and direct from Microsoft.
Microsoft announced a price increase of approximately 15-20% across a range of products. The products and the proposed price changes are set out below.
|Office 365 E1
|Office 365 E3
|Microsoft 365 Business Basic
|Microsoft 365 Business Premium
Microsoft has changed the way in which services are provided and the following will now apply:
- All subscriptions are now subject to a minimum 12-month term.
- If the customer prefers a month-by-month arrangement, the service will be subject to a 20% premium.
- Licenses can be mixed and matched (i.e. some licenses can be on a monthly term, while others on an annual term).
- Unless cancelled, services will renew on a 12-month basis from the anniversary date.
How will this affect your organisation?
- Whether Annual or Monthly – you will still be billed monthly by Manx Technology Group
- The number of licenses active as of March 1st 2022 will be the number of licenses active for the next 12 months. Licenses cannot be reduced while within the minimum term.
- Once a new order is submitted, a customer has 72-hours to cancel before the 12-month term takes effect.
- If you need to add licenses during this period, they can be co-termed with the existing anniversary date.
- If you would prefer your subscriptions to be on a monthly plan, this can be arranged, but it will be subject to the Microsoft monthly premium.
- MTG will increase the subscription charges as of March 1st 2022 and your invoices will update automatically.
- MTG can also provide a breakdown of current license usage to assist with your decision making (please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
If you have any questions – please e-mail email@example.com and we will gladly assist
The price increase is the first major price change in the UK since Office 365 was launched in 2011.
Microsoft has emphasised the price changes are due to the increased value, security, and the investment they have made in the Microsoft 365 platform, particularly with the introduction of new services such as Microsoft Teams etc.
Original Microsoft announcement
When you read a small business firewall datasheet or brochure, you may be confused by the terminology or lost in the wealth of performance metrics quoted. This problem is often made worse when different vendors use subtly different terms or use a different basis to assess performance! Read more
The Isle of Man is home to five datacentres, each with resilient cooling, power, and security systems. Typical services include colocation, cloud, IP transit and managed hosting. The Island benefits from several fibre links connecting the Isle of Man to the UK and Ireland for onward connectivity. Read more
It is widely recognised that poor air quality and high levels of particulates can significantly impact an individual’s health. The WHO estimates that 7 million people die each year from exposure to fine particles in polluted air. A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine has confirmed the association between short-term exposure to particulates and increased cardiovascular and respiratory mortality. The significant health risk posed by pollution is a crucial driver behind IoT air quality monitoring, electric vehicles and renewables.
IoT sensors can be used for remote borehole monitoring of water levels/depth, water temperature, and parameters such as pH and turbidity. Real-time monitoring coupled with LoRaWAN and cloud technology means data can be transmitted 15KM wirelessly or anywhere in the world using low-power satellite technologies.
Manx Technology Group has developed a school CO2 monitoring platform that combines battery-powered wireless sensors with an easy-to-use online dashboard. High levels of CO2 in the classroom can significantly impair decision making and cognitive performance.
The ongoing climate threat has strengthened the need to measure river flow rates. River flow (also known as streamflow) can be monitored using Velocity and Level sensors. Internet of Things (IoT) technology has made remote monitoring of river levels possible – providing real-time insights and alerts, even in the most remote environments. Read more