The Week That Was: Sun, sand and safety


  • The Week That Was
  • Monday, 23 Dec 2019

Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission chairman Al-Ishsal Ishak (fifth from left) with Celcom chief strategy and value creation officer Muniff Kamaruddin (seventh from left) at a 5G use-case demonstration in Langkawi. — Celcom

What comes to mind when you think of the beach? Apart from waves, sand and sunsets, your next long walks on the beach may come with a side of 5G technology.

Last week, Celcom announced that it is collaborating with the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Langkawi Municipal Council (MPLBP) to trial a 5G monitoring system on beaches and tourist areas on the island.

Dubbed the 5G Safety and Security Smart City solution, the system utilises live video surveillance cameras – installed at four locations along Jalan Pantai Cenang and two locations at Dataran Cenang – to provide real-time 360° panoramic monitoring at 4K resolution to help make visitors feel safer in these areas.

In a statement, Celcom said the solution deploys Artificial Intelligence (AI) and video analytics, leveraging on 5G’s low latency and high data speed.

“Our solution enables an enhanced security monitoring system for enforcement units as well as transforming the island of Langkawi into a more secure destination,” said Celcom chief executive officer Idham Nawawi.

The company added that it will also be testing other 5G use-cases in Langkawi including Digital Defense for Beach Boundaries, Crowd Control Monitoring, Digital Control of Inbound and Outbound of Cargo, Fleet Management System, Geo-Fencing and Smart Perimeters, plus 5G Fixed Wireless Access.

“There are many use cases for 5G that enterprises, authorities, private and public sectors can take advantage of, and we would look forward to working with them to deploy the best 5G services,” Idham added.

Celcom stated that their initial 5G tests on the island managed to clock speeds of up to 1.5Gbps with a latency of 16 milliseconds.

A beach with better surveillance sounds like an ideal place for a much-needed break.

PewDiePie needs some time off from YouTube. He announced that he will be away from the platform in early 2020. — Screengrab from video YouTube’s New Update Has A Big Flaw!PewDiePie needs some time off from YouTube. He announced that he will be away from the platform in early 2020. — Screengrab from video YouTube’s New Update Has A Big Flaw!

Speaking of breaks, popular YouTuber PewDiePie or real name Felix Kjellberg has decided that he will be taking a break from posting on the platform in 2020. In a Dec 14 video posted on his channel with 102 million subscribers, Kjellberg said that he has made up his mind about the upcoming break.

“I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell. Just so you know, early next year I’ll be away for a little while,” he shared in the video.

It seems that Kjellberg is also taking a break from another platform. On Dec 16, Kjellberg posted another video titled 'I hate twitter' where he revealed his thoughts on how the platform has been seemingly used by most to seek approval for unacceptable social behaviour like bullying and expressing unnecessary outrage. Later, he deactivated his Twitter account.

Then on Dec 17, Kjellberg posted another video to express his disappointment over mainstream media outlets reporting that he is “quitting YouTube”. A seemingly exasperated Kjellberg clarified that he is just going away for a while. He then explained that he has never taken a break from the platform before, and even shared how he kept his honeymoon to only five days because he wanted to keep posting videos.

“I think it’s important for anyone to take a break, no matter what job you have,” he said.

If you’re planning to take a break from the digital world, consider protecting your online accounts with stronger passwords first.

If you have a weak password like '123456', Chrome will advise you to change it. — GoogleIf you have a weak password like '123456', Chrome will advise you to change it. — Google

To that end, Chrome has recently introduced a feature where users will be alerted if their password has been stolen.

According to a recent Google blog posting by senior product manager AbdelKarim Mardini, when a user types their credentials onto a website, Chrome will inform them if the login details have been compromised in a data breach on another site or app. The browser will then advise the user to change username or password for online safety.

This technology was introduced earlier this year as the Password Checkup extension. In October, it became a part of the Password Checkup feature in Google accounts, where users can conduct a scan on saved passwords at any time.

Users can control the feature in Chrome Settings under Sync and Google Services. The new password alert feature will be rolled out gradually to everyone who signed in on Chrome as part of its Safe Browsing protections.

Chrome can also inform users about about phishing sites. If a user is signed into Chrome, its predictive phishing protection will warn if a user has entered a Google Account password into a site that is suspected of phishing.

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