Facial recognition technology has not been used at King’s Cross since March 2018, the site’s developers have insisted. Property development firm Argent, which is overseeing a regeneration project on the 67-acre site, was forced to defend its use of the controversial technology last month amid concerns about privacy and personal data. Read more: King’s Cross defends use of facial recognition technology Argent said facial recognition systems were used to “protect the privacy of the general public”. However, the King’s Cross Central Limited Partnership (KCCLP) has now stated that there were just two cameras in a single location, and that they were only operational between May 2016 and March 2018. The organisation said the cameras were used only to assist the police in detecting and preventing crime, and that the data was deleted regularly. However, both the Metropolitan Police and British Transport Police have reportedly said they were unaware of … [Read more...] about King’s Cross facial recognition technology ‘not used since 2018’
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The developer behind King’s Cross has defended its use of facial recognition technology, despite concerns about privacy and data use. Property development firm Argent, which is overseeing a regeneration project on the 67-acre site, said its use of the cameras was “in the interest of public safety”. Read more: Passengers told to avoid King’s Cross on bank holiday weekend “These cameras use a number of detection and tracking methods, including facial recognition, but also have sophisticated systems in place to protect the privacy of the general public,” a spokesperson said. It is unclear how many facial recognition cameras have been installed at the site, or how long they have been in use. It is understood Canary Wharf Group is also looking to introduce facial recognition technology on its property as an additional security measure. The deployment of the technology, first reported by the Financial Times, has sparked fears over the use of personal data. … [Read more...] about King’s Cross defends use of facial recognition technology
LONDON (Reuters) - New office building in central London is at a three-year high, with 13.2 million square feet of space under construction, up 12% on the figure six months ago, Deloitte Real Estate's London Office Crane Survey said on Monday. "London's office market remains resilient in the face of uncertainty as we witness an encouraging increase in new construction starts," said Mike Cracknell, director at Deloitte Real Estate. "This is testament to developers' continued confidence in London's office leasing market long-term." Some 55% of the office space under construction was already let and for larger schemes of over 100,000 square feet, more than three quarters was already committed to, Deloitte said. "Notably occupiers in the financial services sector have pre-let 2.1 million square feet of space that is still under construction," Cracknell said. "This is a 50% increase in six months and suggests there is confidence the sector remains committed to London." The survey covers … [Read more...] about London office building at post Brexit referendum high
Sony Music could open a large new London headquarters in King’s Cross, it emerged on Thursday. The label, which represents artists such as Pharrell Williams, is closing in on a deal to take 124,000 square feet of space, Property Week magazine reported. The 4 Handyside Street office is owned by developer Argent and pension fund AustralianSuper. The landlord declined to comment. If a lease is finalised, Sony, which could not be reached for comment, would move from its 97,000 square head office on Derry Street, just off Kensington High Street. A number of businesses in the industry have relocated to north London in recent years. Universal Music took space at Four Pancras Square, and PRS for Music, the organisation that represents composers and songwriters, has also moved there. A major regeneration of King’s Cross has taken place. Scores of new shops, offices and bars have opened there, and Google is planning to open a huge new London HQ there. … [Read more...] about Sony Music eyes new London headquarters in King’s Cross
San Antonio’s office market still heavily favors the Northwest Side, figures show — but the center city is catching up. Workers, particularly millennials, increasingly want to live in an urban, walkable environment with plenty of nearby stores, restaurants and gyms. That’s forcing area employers to consider office space downtown if they want to attract top-tier talent, real estate analysts and brokers say. Those dynamics promise to bring downtown San Antonio into greater competition with the Northwest Side, historically the city’s hottest office market. A decade ago, “you would sit down with a San Antonio corporate user and say, ‘OK, what submarket do you want to be in?’” said Christi Griggs, first vice president at commercial real estate services firm CBRE. “And there was usually a very specific answer. It was, ‘I want to be Northwest where middle-income housing is. I want to be North Central where the airport is’ or … [Read more...] about Northwest Side still dominates San Antonio office market, but for how long?