Welcome to your monthly edition of Something for the Weekend!

This month, I’m talking all things TSB tech and developments in the world of drones…

https://www.tsb.co.uk/news-releases/TSB-customers-first-in-Europe-to-benefit-from-secure-simple-iris-recognition/

U.K. high street bank TSB have set up plans to beef up their banking app security starting in September. It is said that the eyes are the windows to the soul, but soon they will also be the key to your bank account.Using the front facing camera on your mobile phone, the App will scan your iris for up to 266 different points of reference compared to the 40 used for a fingerprint. The caveat to that is that you’ll need a flagship phone to use it. Users of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 will have the option to register their iris on the TSB app as an added layer of security on top of digital certificates issued to the device.

Rumours of facial recognition on new flagship Apple devices coming in the next month or so could also mean they get added to the list of devices compatible. Since 2013, when fingerprint security was introduced on mobile devices, bio-metric security has become common place in our digital lives. This new step forward by TSB and Samsung could be the baby steps required for us to start eying up new forms of bio metric security.

With every type of security nothing is impregnable. There are concerns over Samsung’s ability to verify that your eye is yours and not a sophisticated copy after a German hacking group managed to fool Samsung’s iris scanner with a high res photo and a contact lens. As with all new tech, the piecemeal approach to introduction will allow for kinks and bugs to be ironed out before it becomes commonplace. Until then, we can only see how this pans out.

 

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/drones-to-be-registered-and-users-to-sit-safety-tests-under-new-government-rules 

Everyone remembers childhood days of wildly driving remote control cars and hovercraft around, smashing into things or racing with your mates. Fast forward a couple of decades and it’s the era of the drone! From the pocket money friendly, hand-held micro quadcopters, all the way up to the eye watering value of the multi rotor professional grade drones, the modern-day drone comes in all shapes and sizes!

However, with great drone power comes great drone responsibility. This is unfortunately where some people fall short by flying it near airports and other areas deemed a bit silly to be flying equipment, by endangering lives of others and the pilot of the drone. For the most part, drone flyers have been responsible in their flying antics, local parks and nice open areas to carry out their hobby.

However, because of the actions of a few irresponsible wannabe pilots and those rushing out to fly their drone without reading the instruction manual, the government have seen it fit to introduce some restrictions. Working with the CAA the UK government last year set up a fairly lightweight Drone Code detailed below. As this has been generally unnoticed and not pushed when purchased, the government felt that stronger legislation was needed-

  • Always keep your drone in sight
  • Stay below 400 feet (120 metres) to comply with the drone code
  • Every time you fly your drone you must follow the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Keep the right distance from people and property
  • You are responsible for each flight
  • Stay well away from aircraft, airports and airfields

The move is aimed to help curb drone related incidents with those that are considered big enough to be an issue for anyone it might unfortunately try to perform an emergency haircut to.

As of yet, a deadline has not been given to when it will be compulsory to register any drone that is over 250g in weight. For anyone worried that little Tommy or Tina are going to have their toys taken away. A lot of toy style drones are under that weight and as such shouldn’t require registration or big brother peering at their vase or propeller smashing antics. However, those that are £100+ to £3000 are likely to need a label or registration information put into boxes after the deadline to be seen to help with compliance.

Will this mean the decline in drone sales? Probably not as those buying the larger devices tend to have a purpose for them in mind and as such will be taking the necessary steps to make sure they are adept in piloting their new fancy toy / tool. DJI one of the biggest names in drones is backing the move and a spokesperson from DJI is quoted as calling the bill ‘common sense’ and that public use of airspace is something they firmly believe in but needs to make sure that everyone is doing it safely. Plans are also to include Geofencing where devices with GPS chips in have certain locations locked out will mean that drone pilots are unable to fly into no go zones such as airfields, near prisons, and other areas of a sensitive nature.

That’s enough of me ‘droning’ on for this month… Thanks for reading as always

See you next month for some more updates from the world of tech!