The Lord Mayor's Show is on 10th November. It is the oldest, largest and most popular civic procession in the world. It's 3.5 miles long and nearly 800 years old, and attended by half a million people every year.
The show is reaching out to the twitter generation with a new app that is set to revolutionise how crowd safety is managed at major public events.
This app has been designed to help you enjoy the show. It will guide you to the right place, tell you all about the floats as they pass by, answer all your questions and help you to get home again.
It knows the location of every public toilet in the City of London and can guide you to the nearest one, or to a first aider, or a tube station, or back to the processional route.
After the show it will tell you what else is happening and how to get there, or just help you to get home again.
The new smartphone technology, developed by Europe’s leading artificial intelligence scientists in Britain, Germany and Switzerland, uses ambient intelligence to map crowd dynamics by aggregating data from sensor probes in participating smartphones to produce a real time crowd density heat map.
This enables event organisers, the police and emergency services to send up to the minute information or instructions direct to each user; for example alerting them to serious overcrowding and suggesting escape routes.
The technology has been created by Europe’s leading artificial intelligence scientists in Britain, Germany and Switzerland, led by Professor Dr. Paul Lukowicz; Head of Embedded Intelligence at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence GmbH and by ETH Zurich’s Wearable Computing Lab of Professor Gerhard Tröster.
The exercises have been organised by Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Director, Complexity Research Group, London School of Economics & Political Science, and Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Complex Systems.
Professor Dr Paul Lukowicz began initial work on the technology following the tragedy of the 2010 Love Parade festival, Germany in which mass panic resulted in 12 deaths.
As in the case of the Hillsborough tragedy in which 96 people lost their lives, crowd safety was severely compromised by the lack of communication between the emergency services and the people on the ground.
The technology was trialled during the 2011 Lord Mayor’s Show. DFKI, ETH Zurich and LSE are Partners in a large project funded by the European Commission, called Socionical, which looks at evacuation after a disaster.
The technology is user driven and completely safe due to being limited in time and space. It only works in the immediate area and during the event itself.
Each user remains anonymous and is fully informed about the use of his personal data via the app.
The LM Show app also provides additional features including the Show programme and history, a ‘what’s in front of me’ feature with information about the passing floats, maps with nearby points of interest, ‘one-tap’ feature taking users to the nearest first-aid point, facilities and tube station, twitter feed and message channels to receive important information from the Show’s organizers and safety personnel.
The Lord Mayor’s Show is on Saturday 10th November.
The LM Show app can be downloaded for FREE by Android users.