Airmic round-up

It’s one of our favourite times of the year, where we head for an action-packed 48 hours at Airmic 2017. Hosted this year from the 12-14th June at the ICC in Birmingham, 2017 marked our sixth year attending the conference.

The event offers a unique opportunity for us to engage with our clients. With the industry currently undergoing unprecedented change in areas such as technology, demography, and consumer needs and expectations, the role of social media has become more important than ever. We received incredible feedback on our social channels, with our clients actively interacting and allowing them to gain a greater understanding of our products through the opportunity to engage.

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Could telematics reduce your fleet insurance claim rate by 60%?

There are many reasons why preventing accidents within a fleet is a good idea. Firstly, of course, there’s the potential for minimising injury and harm to drivers, whether that’s a fleet driver or other road users.

In addition, incidents on the road can be expensive – even if it’s an incident such as speeding rather than a full-on crash. There may be damage to the vehicle, disappointed customers, wasted stock and boosted insurance premiums. Plus, if the press takes an interest then there may also be reputational damage to take into account.

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Why is it time to ditch default passwords?

How many of your staff use default passwords for their devices? We recently spotted an article in Tech Crunch about a spate of website attacks and how they highlight the importance of switching from default passwords.

This is an issue on a global scale, relevant to all companies that use the internet to conduct business. No matter how large or small your business, it could affect you. The attack was focused on Dyn, a domain name service provider, and affected websites such as Twitter and Spotify that use this company to host their servers.

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How can the gamification of telematics improve driver performance?

Many of us find the idea of jogging extremely dull. Pounding the pavements in dreary British drizzle, it seems a chore that keeps you fit rather than something you might enjoy. This is where gamification – turning a routine task into a game – can help boost enthusiasm.

Take the running app Zombies, Run for example. Joggers use headphones to access the app, which sets up a spooky scenario in which they are not just going for a run – they are trying to escape a horde of zombies.

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Intellectual property: what are the risks for manufacturers?

According to IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Index, the manufacturing industry was the second most frequently cyber-attacked sector last year – more than financial services, and second only to healthcare.

30% of these cyber-attacks were against the automotive industry, with other significant areas including pharmaceuticals, electronics and textiles. While financial services has been held to strict compliance standards, the manufacturing industry has not been regulated to the same extent.

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Making your data secure: 4 essential cyber security tips

There’s no denying that the ability to instantaneously access and share data from wherever you are in the world has been a great advantage for business. Yet, while this may enhance productivity, it also raises serious questions about cyber security and how well your data is protected in the event of an attack.

This is a pertinent issue in every industry but it’s extremely significant in manufacturing, where a breach of data could not only spell financial disaster but also raise significant safety issues.

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Agro-terrorism – a rising risk for food and beverage manufacturers

Agro-terrorism, when a food supply is contaminated intentionally, has been identified as a rising risk for food manufacturers.

Typically it has been speculated that the attack method would be biological pathogens, but the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and automation of processes in manufacturing widens this concern to include cyber-attacks.

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