University of Melbourne and Cubic test AI camera to improve road safety


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The University of Melbourne and Cubic Transportation Systems have partnered to test how an artificial intelligence camera can be used to improve road user safety and traffic management.

As part of the project, seven cameras will be installed at various intersections along Melbourne’s Rathdowne Street, which is part of the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES).

AIMES, which is led by the University of Melbourne, was established in 2016 to live-test various transport technology on the streets of Melbourne in a bid to deliver safer and sustainable urban transport outcomes.

The Gridsmart cameras, develop by Cubic, uses real-time computer vision to track and identify between different road users — including cars, motorbikes, cyclists, and pedestrians — while they pass into and through intersections.

According to AIMES director at the University of Melbourne Majid Sarvi, being able to detect the different road users, especially “vulnerable” road users such

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Queensland designs heat mapping tool to prepare for the next natural disaster


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The Queensland government has developed an interactive web-based mapping tool to help local councils understand the risk, costs, and repeat damage of infrastructure ahead of the next natural disaster.

Developed by Queensland Reconstruction Authority (QRA), the Repeat Events and Dollars Index (REDI) uses data represented on a heat map to identify, calculate, and highlight the most frequent and costly damage sites during natural disaster events.  

According to the state government, the system is incorporated with almost 10 years of geocoded damage data — which has been derived from data submitted by councils, and those stored in multiple systems, databases, and files — that can be used to recognise more than 20,000 assets in the state’s 77 local government areas.

Treasurer and minister responsible for the QRA Cameron Dick said the application will give councils a clear picture of where future infrastructure investments should be made.

“The REDI

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NBN says 80% of leftover 109,000 premises could connect in 2020

The company responsible for rolling out the National Broadband Network across Australia has said it has 109,000 premises leftover following the company hitting the fiscal year 2020 build target that it set.

NBN previously said it would have 100,000 premises left unconnected at the end of its build phase due to needing “bespoke” connections that require a complex installation, are located within culturally significant areas, or are heritage sites.

On Monday, the company said it expects 80% of the leftover premises to be ready to connect this calendar year. Of that 80%, 67,000 are complex builds, and 25,000 are from new developments. NBN also said it would shift 17,000 premises from fixed wireless to fibre to the curb technology.

In its latest set of weekly statistics due June 25 [PDF], NBN said it had just shy of 38,000 premises labelled as not ready to connect in areas declared ready for

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Hackers are trying to steal admin passwords from F5 BIG-IP devices

Hackers have started launching attacks against F5 BIG-IP networking devices, ZDNet has learned.

Attacks have been spotted today by Rich Warren, a security researcher for the NCC Group.

In an interview earlier today, Warren told ZDNet the attacks are malicious in nature, and hackers are attempting to steal administrator passwords from the hacked devices.

Summary: BIG-IP and CVE-2020-5902

These attacks are targeting BIG-IP, a multi-purpose networking device manufactured by F5 Networks. BIG-IP devices can be configured to work as traffic shaping systems, load balancers, firewalls, access gateways, rate limiters, or SSL middleware.

These devices are some of the most popular networking products in use today, and they are used to underpin some of the largest and sensitive networks around.

BIG-IP devices are used in government networks, on the networks of internet service providers, inside cloud computing data centers, and they’re widely deployed across enterprise networks.

The devices are

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F5 patches vulnerability that received a CVSS 10 severity score


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F5 Networks, one of the world’s largest provider of enterprise networking gear, has published a security advisory this week warning customers to patch a dangerous security flaw that is very likely to be exploited.

The vulnerability impacts the company’s BIG-IP product. These are multi-purpose networking devices that can work as web traffic shaping systems, load balancers, firewalls, access gateways, rate limiters, or SSL middleware.

BIP-IP is one of the most popular networking products in use today. They are used in government networks all over the globe, on the networks of internet service providers, inside cloud computing data centers, and widely across enterprise networks.

On its website, F5 says its BIG-IP devices are used on the networks of 48 companies included in the Fortune 50 list.

CVE-2020-5902

Tracked as CVE-2020-5902, the BIG-IP bug was found and privately reported to F5 by Mikhail Klyuchnikov, a security researcher at

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UN reports global e-waste production soared beyond 53 million tonnes in 2019

The amount of electronic waste (e-waste) that was produced globally in 2019 reached a record of 53.6 million tonnes (Mt), up 9.2 Mt in five years, according to the United Nation’s (UN) global e-waste monitor 2020 [PDF].

The UN defines e-waste as any discarded products with a battery or plug, and features toxic and hazardous substances such as mercury, that can pose severe risk to human and environmental health.

According to the report, 17.4 Mt of total e-waste in 2019 comprised of small equipment, while 13 Mt was large equipment, and temperature exchange equipment accounted for nearly 11 Mt. Screens and monitors, small IT and telecommunication equipment, and lamps represented 6.7 Mt, 4.7 Mt, and 0.9 Mt, respectively.

According to the report, Asia was the biggest culprit, generating the greatest volume of e-waste during 2019 of nearly 25 Mt, followed by Americas at 13 Mt, and Europe at 12 Mt.

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