Michael Gove has asked water company bosses to explain why they have failed to meet leakage targets, at a time of one of the driest summers for years. The environment secretary said customers expect a "reliable and resilient water supply". It comes as farmers are due to discuss the effect of the extensive heatwave on food supplies at a "drought summit". The UK has been the driest start to the summer since 1961 with rainfall on Thursday and Friday the first in weeks. Water levels are low in some reservoirs and supplier United Utilities (UU) has said it will introduce a hosepipe ban affecting seven million people in the north-west of England from 5 August.
A local external drive is a key component of any backup strategy, but it can be hard to find a good deal on a high-capacity drive that isn't tethered to your desk. Today, however, Amazon's selling the 1TB SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD for $200Remove non-product link, the lowest price we've seen for this drive, which was sitting around $240 earlier this month. We reviewed the SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD in early September and loved it. It was so good, in fact, that it immediately became our runner-up choice for the "best external performance USB drive" in our round-up of t he top external drives for 2018. Why do we love it so much?
Last year, after a punishing four-year drought, California lifted emergency water-scarcity measures in all but four counties. "This drought emergency is over, but the next drought could be around the corner," California Governor Jerry Brown said at the time. "Conservation must remain a way of life." In April, a study in Nature Climate Change, based on climate model simulations, concluded that a 25 percent to 100 percent "increase in extreme dry-to-wet precipitation events is projected" for the rest of this century, "despite only modest changes in mean precipitation. Such hydrological cycle intensification would seriously challenge California's existing water storage, conveyance and flood control infrastructure."
Kerlink, a specialist in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), reports the success of a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) pilot programme for reservoir monitoring in Uganda and Iraq. The effectiveness of the sensor-to-cloud monitoring programmes in remote locations is resulting in near-term expansion to eight additional installations in Africa and Asia, and officials see a multitude of potential applications for IoT-based wireless sensor networks going forward. The UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, is charged with providing water to millions of people worldwide, often with daunting logistics. The Ugandan Arua Field effort, where the pilot monitoring programme was first implemented, provides daily water deliveries to as many as 470,000 refugees. The LoRaWAN-enabled sensors installed at reservoirs starting in January 2019 enabled managers to monitor water levels in real time, providing unprecedented visibility into usage and resource management.
Black Knight announced Monday its acquisition of HeavyWater, a provider of artificial intelligence and machine learning to the financial services industry. Black Knight explained it plans on integrating HeavyWater's AIVA solution, which leverages artificial intelligence and machine learning to perform operational functions more efficiently than traditional methods, into its premier solutions. It will also make the technology available to its clients looking to utilize AI within other parts of their organizations. "With the cost of origination and servicing at, or near, all-time highs, AIVA is poised to help increase efficiencies for Black Knight clients," Black Knight CEO Anthony Jabbour said. "AI, machine learning and neural network solutions are the future of delivering enhanced productivity and capabilities to our clients, and we are very excited about the potential HeavyWater has to offer."