Technology

Photo: Phillips Headquarters, Amsterdam
Jun 28 '17 17:20

Philips is acquiring American company Spectranetics for 1.9 billion euros, the Dutch company announced on Wednesday. Spectranetics is a leader in developing innovative methods for vascular surgery and with this acquisition, Philips is gaining technology that closely matches its own range of technologies for surgeries using imaging equipment, according to the Dutch health technology company. 

Marechaussee
Jun 28 '17 13:20

Schiphol airport and the Koninklijke Marechaussee are preparing to start a test with facial recognition technology at passport control. The first travelers to take part in this experiment will be a limited group of people traveling from the Schengen area, with a stopover in Amsterdam, to a destination outside of the Schengen, according to AD. 

Dutch police sign
Jun 28 '17 12:45

Police systems across the country are offline due to a major failure, a spokesperson confirmed to NU.nl after reports in AD. This outage affects a number of police system, including the MEOS system used to issue digital fines and search license plate numbers.

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Jun 28 '17 08:29

Countless computers across the world were infected with ransomware in a new global cyber attack. In the Netherlands the malware hit the APM container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD and package carrier TNT. There is no sense in paying the ransom, cyber security experts warn, broadcaster NOS reports.

Dutch police logo
Jun 28 '17 07:52

The Dutch police implemented "precautionary measures against a possible cyber attack" which left some functionalities on the police website party or completely unavailable, the police said in a statement.

"Forms that are completed and sent may not arrive or only much later", the police said, apologizing for the inconvenience. It is not clear how long these measures will be in place.

The police can still easily be reached via the telephone.

Jun 27 '17 16:20

Dutch insurer Nationale-Nederlanden (NN) teamed up with Vodafone to launch a new service called Bundelz - a prepaid car insurance. Bundelz provides car insurance for 1,000 kilometers at a time. After that distance, a new bundle is automatically purchased, AD reports.

Bundelz is intended for motorists who don't drive much - on average less than 100 kilometers per week and less than 7,500 kilometers per year. A bundle covering only liability insurance wil cost around 50 euros, and an all-risk bundle 70 euros. They remain valid for a year. 

Rijksmuseum
Jun 27 '17 11:30

Amsterdam made it to fourth place in a ranking of Europe's most dynamic cities by Savills Investment Management. The ranking shows which cities are most suitable for commercial real estate investments. London, Paris and Cambridge are the top three most dynamic cities on the continent, Het Parool reports.

Hospital room
Jun 26 '17 15:25

At least 15 Dutch hospitals were hit in ransomware attacks over the past three years, NOS reports based on a survey in which 25 hospitals participated anonymously. The hospitals insisted on staying anonymous out of fear of attracting hackers, according to the broadcaster. Another 20 hospitals refused to participate at all due to this concern.

Rotterdam
Jun 23 '17 14:10

Rotterdam investor Keadyn pushed 4.5 million euros into creating an "incubator" for technology startups. The concept is called 42workspace and is set to open its doors in the center of Rotterdam next week. A few other investors are also involved in this project, NU.nl reports.

Contactless payment ring
Jun 22 '17 13:30

In the continuous effort to make payments easier and more secure, Dutch bank ABN Amro is currently testing payment "wearables".  A select group of testers are already using a special Kerv ring or watch with Near Field Communication (NFC) to make contactless payments directly from their bank accounts, ABN Amro announced on Thursday.

Stella Vie - a solar powered family car designed and built by students at TU Eindhoven
Jun 22 '17 12:50

Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology unveiled their new solar powered family car on Wednesday. The Stella Vie is the successor of Stella Lux and the Stella and will be entered in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge in Australia later this year, the TU Eindhoven solar team announced on the university's website.

Call center employees
Jun 22 '17 09:36

The Dutch police issued a warning about a scam in which fake Microsoft employees gain access to their victims' computers by telling them they want to help them solve a problem. Over 2016 and in the first half of this year no less than 1,900 Dutch fell victim to this scam, losing hundreds of thousands of euros in total. "If you are called by a Microsoft employee: hang up immediately!" the police warn.

Smart bicycle lock by KPN and VVN - prevents smartphone use while cycling
Jun 21 '17 14:30

Telecom provider KPN and the foundation for safe traffic in the Netherlands VVN teamed up to invent a smart bicycle lock. The lock is not only an anti-theft measure - it can only be unlocked with a smartphone app - but also prevents cyclists from using their smartphones while cycling. If the bike is unlocked, the phone's network connection is disconnected, NU.nl reports. 

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Jun 21 '17 11:46

Dutch companies, government institutions and citizens are not responding fast enough against growing digital threats, according to National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof. At home and at work Dutch people often opt for the fastest solution, instead of the most secure one. Which means that the gap between threats and security measures is getting larger instead of smaller, Schoof said in the Netherlands Cyber Security Image 2017, ANP reports.

TU Eindhoven and BAM team up to 3D print a bicycle bridge, 15 Jun 2017
Jun 20 '17 16:45

The Netherlands is Europe's fourth most innovative country, according to the European Commissions' European Innovation Scoreboard for 2016. Sweden took first place, like in 2015, followed by Denmark and Finland. The United Kingdom makes up the top 5, NU.nl reports.

Amsterdam hospital OLVG used a 3D printed titanium plate to correct the hip of a 13-year-old girl, June 2017
Jun 20 '17 15:30

The OLVG hospital in Amsterdam recently implanted a 3D printed titanium plate on the hip of a 13-year-old girl, to correct a fault in her hip. The girl is the first person in the Netherlands whose walking will improve due to a 3D printed implant, the hospital announced on its site.

Orthopedic surgeon Melinda Witbreuk was the one to perform the surgery. In preparation for the surgery, a 3D printed model of the girl's hip was made so that a titanium plate could be printed that fits exactly.

Top Dutch - Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland's campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands
Jun 19 '17 13:35

Top Dutch - Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland's - launched a new step in its campaigning on Monday. The northern provinces are now recruiting people to work at the prospective Tesla factory, the Leeuwarder Courant reports.

TU Eindhoven and BAM team up to 3D print a bicycle bridge, 15 Jun 2017
Jun 19 '17 11:50

The Technical University in Eindhoven, working with construction company BAM, started 3D printing a bicycle bridge this weekend. The bridge is the first of its kind in the world and is printed with pre-stressed and reinforced concrete, according to NOS.

Mosquito (Source: Wikimedia/JJ Harrison)
Jun 16 '17 12:02

Dutch hematologist Jan van den Boogaart was awarded the European Inventor Award by the European Patent Office in Italy on Thursday for his new malaria test. The new test can diagnose malaria much faster and reliably than current methods, NU.nl reports.

Van den Boogaart worked with Austrian biochemist Oliver Hayden to develop the first automated blood test to diagnose the disease. The test includes an algorithm that can diagnose malaria at a rate of 120 blood tests per hour and an accuracy of 97 percent. The test won the researchers the award in the industry category.

Tweede Kamer
Jun 15 '17 15:05

The Tweede Kamer is calling on the Dutch government to do something about unsafe internet of things devices. A vast majority of 148 out of 150 parliamentarians voted for a motion demanding an investigation into what security requirements can be set, NU.nl reports.

The motion demands that the government investigates what minimum security requirements can be imposed on the internet of things, how those requirements can be enforced and what other measures are necessary to protect consumers from poorly-protected devices.

lightbulb
Jun 15 '17 10:52

Some 26 thousand homes in Zwolle has been without power since around 9:30 a.m. on Thursday. Grid manager Enexis is working to resolve to problem, ANP reports.

Power started returning to homes around 10:00 a.m. How long it will take before everyone has power, is not yet clear. 

The power outage was caused by a malfunction in a transformer in the Frankhuis neighborhood. Technicians are on site.

Amsterdam
Jun 14 '17 11:45

Terrorism, cyber attacks and climate change are new concerns on top of the official risk assessment for Amsterdam and its surrounding municipalities. Since the previous risk assessment in 2012, safety office Veiligheidsregio Amsterdam-Amstelland dropped a number of older concerns to make room for new risks like the consequences of a terrorist attacks, increasingly dangerous storms due to climate change and the internet falling out due to a cyber attack, Het Parool reports.

iPad
Jun 9 '17 10:40

More than half of the schools that switched, or seriously considered switching, to so-called over the past years, have since switched back to standard education, the Volkskrant reports after surveying the 46 involved schools. Most cite high costs imposed by initiator Maurice de Hond as the reason for abandoning the iPad-only concept.

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Jun 6 '17 16:40

American company Hyperloop One plans to have the first Hyperloop connections up and running by 2021. The company is considering dozens of routes fr the high-speed transport system worldwide, including in the Netherlands, Het Parool reports.

On Tuesday the company presented nine possible European routes in Amsterdam. The routes were devised by the semi-finalists of a route competition the company had. The Netherlands route includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Eindhoven, Den Bosch, Arnhem and Lelystad. 

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