Tube traffic in London for the Jubilee and a multitude of 3D and HD cameras for the 2012 Olympic dominate this month’s news
Transport for London says public transport carried up to one-third more customers during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations than normal weekend levels, with central London Tube journeys up by 50 per cent on Sunday 3 June, the day of the Thames river pageant.
The London 2012 Olympic Games will be the first to be broadcast in 3D as well as HD. Panasonic is providing around 30 3D camera recorders and 300 HD recorders to cover the major events, as part of its largest supply of audio and visual equipment to the Games since The Olympic Partner (TOP) sponsorship programme began in 1988. Spectators will be able to watch the action on 45 large LED screens and, for the first time, 47 103in plasma displays will be deployed at indoor venues.
The British Red Cross’s free first aid app for smartphones and tables has reached 250,000 downloads barely six months after it was launched. Available for Apple, Android and BlackBerry, the app features videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice on 18 everyday first aid scenarios, as well as tips on how to prepare for emergencies, from severe weather to road traffic accidents. It was developed by 3 Sided Cube.
BMW Group’s UK engine plant at Hams Hall, near Birmingham, produced its three-millionth engine on 6 June. The 1.6 four-cylinder petrol engine is destined for a Mini to be built in Oxford for India, the car’s 100th export market. Over 80 per cent of Minis produced in the UK are exported. Hams Hall engines currently power the BMW X1, BMW 1 Series and the new BMW 3 Series as well as all Mini petrol models.
Research commissioned for the Sainsbury Management Fellows’ Society (SMF) has found that almost 60 per cent of FTSE 100 boards now have at least one engineer on them (either as an executive director or a non-exec). The research, conducted by EngineeringUK, also showed that nearly 15 per cent of FTSE100 executive board members have an engineering degree. However, only one out of 427 executive directors was a female engineer.
The great majority (86 per cent) of air travellers do not want mobile phone use to be allowed on planes. Flight comparison site Skyscanner found that just 1 per cent of survey respondents would pay more to fly with an airline that offered the facility, though if connectivity was available nearly half would send texts and a third would surf the Web. Only 6 per cent said they would make and take calls.