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GDPR – New EU Legislation to Protect Your Data

Just like the dragon guarding it’s pile of gold, the EU is once again updating it’s data protection laws to help protect your details and data.

In 1998, the EU released the Data Protection Directive, designed to help keep personal and corporate data safe in a world that is becoming more interconnected every day. Merely fifteen years later, the Data Protection Directive was already found to be lacking, and unable to keep up with the changes in technology. As a result, and after four years of deliberations, the EU announced the General Data Protection Regulation (or, GDPR, as catchy acronyms go) would be adopted in April 2016. At the time it was agreed there would be a two-year implementation period, and so the regulation actually comes into effect in May 2018.

The GDPR was designed to help bring data privacy laws from across Europe into sync with each other, to protect citizen data privacy, and to force organisations into redefining their approach to data privacy. The GDPR doesn’t just affect EU-based companies though. Any company that trades with an EU-based entity, whether personal or professional, must respect the GDPR.

If they fail to uphold the General Data Protection Regulation, then companies can be fined up to €20 Million, or 4% of their annual global turnover, as a maximum fine for the most severe breaches – not having customer consent to process their data, for example. There is a tiered plan to the fines, so something with a lesser severity might only be fined 2% of the company’s annual global turnover.

So what counts as customer consent to permit companies to process your data? While it used to be a case of a little checkbox with dubious phrasing in legalese that you checked (or not), now it has to be a bit more explicit. Consent must clear and distinguishable from other matters, and must now be provided in an intelligible and easily accessible form. Any ambiguity could leave your company open to potential fines. It must also be as easy for a customer to remove consent as it is for them to give it.

The GDPR will also introduce an age factor into processing personal data. Now, there needs to be parental consent for sites and businesses to process details of children under the age of 16. There is some proviso in the Regulation that allows member states to alter the age of consent from 16 to 13.

The other aspect of the GDPR that could directly impact your business is an expansion in the roles of Data Protection Officers (DPO). If your company falls into one of three categories, you need a DPO. Outside of these categories, a DPO is not necessary. The three categories are:

  • Public authorities – Government agencies, for example.
  • Organizations that take part in large scale systematic monitoring – such as online behaviour tracking.
  • Organizations that take part in large scale processing of sensitive personal data – ie, credit reference agencies.

 

Metal to Plastic Conversion could save your company money.

Thermoset Plastics from Davies Molding are so advanced that they can be used as an alternative to metal.  They can successfully replace traditional metals whilst improving cost and performance.

The main benefits of using Thermoset Plastics instead of metal are;

  • Heat Resistance
  • Less Weight
  • Dent Resistance
  • Heat Resistance
  • Corrosion Resistance

Thermoset Plastics can withstand heat and pressure for long periods of time without failure, they are resistant to impact and have great electrical insulating properties.  High-temperature capabilities, dimensional stability, chemical resistance and creep-resistance make them a fantastic, cost alternative material for use in all conditions.

The most commonly used materials for metal to plastic replacement are Polyesters and Phenolics.  They can be molded into complex shapes which eliminates the requirement to machine design features, which in turn allows for closer tolerances.

Davies Molding have over 80 years of plastic molding experience, from 3D Modelling and Design, Finite Element Analysis and Mold Flow Simulation right through to 3D Printed Samples, Tooling and Manufacturing they are a force to be reckoned with.  A one-stop shop for Metal to Plastic conversion with a wealth of knowledge.

Why chose Davies Molding?

  • Over 80 years’ experience of supplying plastics to multiple industries
  • Proven Track Record of innovative solutions
  • Scalable tooling as volumes increase
  • Dedicated engineering staff
  • Able to adopt customers’ existing moulds to their presses, minimising change-over costs
  • ISO 9001 Certified
  • Accept blanket orders with scheduled releases

A brochure found at the below link shows the above in greater detail; http://www.daviesmolding.com/Portals/0/Downloads/Custom-Molding-Brochure.pdf

General Davies Molding information can be found at either: https://steadlands.com/ or http://www.daviesmolding.com/

For any enquiries on Davies Molding plastics, whether it be standard parts or custom molding, please email our sales rep Jimmy Craik; [email protected]

Light Up Your Life With American Bright Optoelectronics

Steadlands are proud to announce a new partnership with American Bright Optoelectronics Corporation to bring their high quality LEDs and lighting solutions to both new and existing EMEA customers.

American Bright offers one of the most comprehensive product families of LED packages including SMT, LED lamps, PLCC, segment and dot matrix display and both AC and DC capability. Their innovation and adventurous approach to seek new opportunities make them the first choice of creative, cost-effective indicator and lighting solutions. Their in-house design teams are capable, and ready to help you with everything from concept through to manufacture.

American Bright are a highly qualified company, with over twenty years experience manufacturing lighting solutions for a variety of industries. Most recently, they completed their certifications for providing LED components to vehicle manufacturers, with their LEDs now certified to be used in any aspect of a vehicle’s construction. ISO and QS certification measure the quality of a company’s production, installation and servicing capabilities. American Bright currently holds 17 different certifications, under the ISO, RoHS, and REACH categories.

eIDAS and eSignatures

In 2014, the EU passed the eIDAS resolution, to provide a stable platform for secure, yet simple transactions on the European stage. Part of eIDAS sets out definitions for three different types of electronic signature. In the resolution text, these are referred to as electronic signatures, advanced electronic signatures, and qualified electronic signatures.

STU-530

The basic electronic signature is about the data collected. When you digitally sign a document this way, it collects data about yourself and your computer, IP address, for example, and can later be used to confirm that you signed the document when and where it is claimed.

An advanced electronic signature is a little more complicated in that there are four key areas it must comply with. It must be capable of identifying the signatory, whether that is something as advanced as facial or fingerprint recognition, or as simple as a unique user ID. It must be linked solely with the signatory, like a password or PIN number. It must be created using data that the signatory can reasonably claim is under their sole control, your signature, for example. Finally, the digital signature must be linked to the signed data in such a way to make changes to the data detectable. Good examples of advanced digital signatures are those offered by online digital signature services.

The third and final definition is the qualified electronic signature, which must cover all of the same points as an advanced electronic signature, but must also be produced on an electronic signature creation device which has been qualified by an electronic Trust Service.

An electronic Trust Service, or eTS for short, is a licensed body which issues security certificates for use with electronic signature services, providing both an additional layer of security to an electronic signature, and a reputation boost for esignature service companies.

So how does this apply to the esignature solutions we offer here at Steadlands? The esignature solutions offered by both companies produces an advanced electronic signature – produced on specific esignature hardware, individual to both the date and time of signing, as well as the signer, and using data unique to the signer, namely, their signature.

ePad Vision

A number of Wacom’s software solutions, and ePadLink’s PDF signing solution do include the option for certification – it is even possible to create your own security certificate, and this does add an additional layer of security, but in the eyes of the EU, this is not enough to turn the signature into a qualified esignature. For this, the certificate used would have to be issued by one of the companies which has registered with the EU as an electronic Trust Service.

Advanced digital signatures, despite not being backed up by a third party, are still legally binding, accurate, and cost effective, with our esignature solutions capable of wiping off up to half the cost of dealing with a paper document.

Please contact us for more information about any of our esignature solutions.

Introducing the Wacom Clipboard

Clipboard

It’s pretty simple, you can transfer a paper form to your digital system without any scanning, transportation or data-loss.

The PHU-111KO Clipboard utilizes scanning technology and free software to create forms, and allow a user to complete them in both the physical and digital worlds simultaneously. Any digital signatures captured this way are still legally binding.

New Signature Solutions Now Available

The STU-540 and STU-541 are new top-of-the-line esignature solutions containing Wacom’s built in memory for seamless looping of advertising images. The STU-540 is equipped with the best of AES256/RSA2048 encryption, where the STU-541 uses Transfer Layer Security (TLS) backed up by authentication certificates from Cybertrust’s managed PKI.

With a good sized screen, and an HDMI interface, the DTH-1152 makes any front desk look smarter. It is fully compatible with Windows, Linux, Citrix, and VMWare. The DTK-1651 is similar in size and appearance, but can be mounted and used in both landscape and portrait mode. When not in use, both displays can be used to target marketing messages.

dth-1152STU-541

Picking Daisy

Building computers for use in hazardous environments can be a tricky business. The specifications of a PC needed for use on an oil refinery is very different to the requirements of one being used in a clean room laboratory or a food packaging plant, for example. This is why Daisy Data Displays offers very few off-the-shelf models, and instead give you, the customer, all the options you could want.

Daisy Data computers cover four key industries: the military, oil & gas, food & pharmaceutical processing, and flight simulation. While computers built for each of these industries have their unique differences, all of them are customizable in several key ways.

Military

Daisy Data’s military hardware is designed to withstand any environment US troops are sent to, and anything that might be thrown at them. Meeting mil-spec (military specification) targets, Daisy’s ruggedized hardware is well suited to all fields of combat, from high altitude combat fighters, down to high pressure, high humidity submarines, and everywhere in between. Systems are designed to be able to withstand the vibrations of a helicopter, through to the recoil of a tank firing a shell.

In the heat of battle, dependable equipment is essential to the success of the mission, and Daisy Data Displays will help get it done.

Oil & Gas

Oil and gas producers often work in some of the harshest (and dirtiest) conditions on the planet, and their technology needs to be able to reflect that. With that ideal in mind, Daisy Data Displays has created some of the toughest computers the world has ever seen, ranging from ATEX rated, portable rugged computers, through to wall or panel-mountable touchscreens in solid steel cases. They are specifically designed to be shock and vibration resistant, and withstand temperatures of -40 – 65 Celcius. The various systems on offer also comply with a number of third party certifications for safe computing in hazardous environments.

Food & Pharma

Food and pharmaceutical processing facilities have unique requirements, clean rooms, corrosive environments, frequent wash downs, and so on. All of Daisy Data’s food & pharmaceutical range are designed to be resistant to such rigours, including FDA certification for the US market, or the Food Standards Agency here in the UK. All Daisy Data computers for this industry are constructed out of corrosive resistant materials, and are typically waterproofed.

Flight Simulation

Supporting both military and commercial flight applications, Daisy Data understand the importance of teaching your pilots properly, using the correct technology. This is why Daisy Data’s flight simulation range of products are capable of doing just that, utilizing both capacitive and resistive touchscreens, SAW, night vision goggles filters, and impact-resistant polycarbonate viewing windows. Daisy Data’s flight simulation units maintain form, fit, and functionality, allowing for backwards compatibility.

Make It Daisy, your Way

As has already been mentioned, Daisy Data Displays offer unprecedented customization options for all of their products. This ranges from mounting options, to touchscreens, to keyboards, to pointing devices, and stops at just about every place in between. You can even choose specific components to go into the computer itself – more memory, hard drive space, graphics, and so on, all with the final option of operating systems and software.

What’s Available?

Out of Daisy Data’s products, the only ones we have available ‘as standard’ are Daisy Data’s keyboards. These are listed on our website, here.  The reason we only offer the keyboards on our website is because all of their other systems have far too many options open to them.

If you would like to discuss requirements for a hazardous environment computer system, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will happily go through all of the options with you, and once we have a specification sheet, we will provide a competitive quote, bespoke to your needs. Just give us a ring on 01670 361261 and speak to Jimmy, or email him at [email protected].

Daisy Data Digest

Continuing our collaboration with HazardEx magazine, here is a summary of the various Daisy Data articles we have on our site.

Part of the Daisy Chain – A brief description of the various sectors Daisy Data works with, including videos showcasing their processes, and some of their products.

Finding NEMA – A Guide to Hazard Ratings.

And take a look at this page, dedicated to Daisy Data Displays on the HazardEx website.

The August edition of the HazardEx magazine is available now.

Daisy Data is a long standing manufacturer of industrial computer equipment, designed for hard wearing and rugged conditions. They are ideal for use on drilling platforms, or military vessels, to name but two examples. As standard we only have available in our store the keyboards offered by Daisy Data. The reason for this is because the PCs have far too many options to keep a regular stock.

If you would like to discuss an industrial PC, please do not hesitate to contact us. Daisy Data can accommodate many requirements, covering both hardware and software.

The Paperless Jigsaw Puzzle

Going paperless is no easy task; here at Steadlands, we have some products which could help you achieve these goals:

Diktamen

Diktamen Digital Dictation and Document Management

Diktamen improve patient care with both desktop and mobile data input interfaces, these enable physicians to dictate and use simple actions with natural speech to manage complex diagnostic workflows of Hospital Information Systems for secure and faultless real time patient document creation. They reviewed the big picture of patient data production and as a result, they changed everything. They started by changing the way clinicians could record notes by pairing their desktop interface with their native mobile applications. They then changed the way the patient data is transcribed by giving device and location independence with the cloud. And lastly, they changed the way management oversees production of data by delivering more control over the workflow and resources.

Benefits Include:
• Healthcare organizations can streamline the production of patient data while saving time and money
• Data entered directly into hospital information systems
• Manage their resources more efficiently
• Healthcare professionals can put of their time towards patient care rather than paperwork.
• The patients are the major beneficiaries of our software as they are getting more accurate and up-to-date records sooner than ever before.

Electronic Signatures

Electronic Signature Devices and Software

Steadlands have been providing Electronic Signature products for around 20 years. We offer expert advice and we only provide solutions which offer legally binding, biometric signatures to ensure the legality of the signature being added to your important documents. According to the press, some web-based Electronic Signature solutions have been hacked recently. Our solutions use encrypted technology which provides extremely high security. Whether you are signing out medication internally, or you are having patients sign for medication or treatment we can help. We offer hardware and software support on site at no additional charge.

Benefits Include:
• Legally-binding Electronic Signatures which can be used in the courtroom
• Flexible software and hardware options
• Time, money and storage savings from the very start
• Desktop and Mobile Solutions available

 

At Steadlands, we like to make sure that the product you are choosing is right for you, product demonstrations are available.

If you have any questions on any of the above products please email [email protected] or call 01670 361 261

For Your Hazardous Computing Needs

 

Steadlands have teamed up with HazardEx, a leading magazine in the field of hazardous environments and industrial computing, to bring Daisy Data to the attention of all their readers.

We have an advertisement placed in their magazine. Read their magazine online, here. You will find our ad on page 11.

And take a look at this page, dedicated to Daisy Data Displays on the HazardEx website.

 

Road Safety Hits The Road

Steadlands relationship and representation of Luxembourgish automotive technology pioneers, IEE, spans for over over 20 years.

It really is an honour to represent a company involved in new, up and coming safety technologies for the motor industry.

On the 25 and 26 April 2017, we hosted the IEE Technology Roadshow at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, Warwickshire.

This event will always be special to me, my first ever day at Steadlands was setting up the original roadshow and learning about IEE’s products and innovations back in 2015.

It was amazing to come back, this time armed with plenty of key contacts and product knowledge, being competent at presenting products instead of feeling a little out of my depth and anxious.

Having so much know-how for technology and commercial commodities in one room is rare and very useful for clients and potential clients alike.

The idea of the Technology Roadshow is to invite contacts from all UK car manufacturers to come down to the Roadshow to view not only current trending technologies, but also to get a glimpse into what is coming soon.

This time IEE were accompanied by MSL, one of their manufacturing partners. MSL are based in France and produce parts solely for the automotive sector.

We had Radar, Gesture Recognition, 3D and 2D camera, Capacitive and heat products on show amongst others, featuring two amazing demonstrator cars which our clients were more than impressed with.

Some of the other guys and myself even managed to spend a short amount of time in the Museum itself, learning about the history of British Motor Vehicles and taking a few photos of some of the amazing exhibits on show.  The highlights for me were the V6 Austin Metro Group B Rally Car from 1984 and 16 of serious car collector James Hull’s collection including an amazing John Coombs Jaguar E-Type from the 1960’s.  It really is an amazing venue and a must for anyone interested in motoring.

 

For further information on IEE’s products or Steadlands, please visit https://steadlands.com/ or email me: [email protected]