On Saturday 12 November, a new iPhone app designed to help with crowd safety at major events, was trialled at the Lord Mayor's Show in the City of London. The app was developed by LSE, Passau University and ETH Zurich.
During the show Stephen Fry (pictured with Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, Tobias Franke, and William Ross), who is making a TV film about London and who is also interested in app technology, interviewed Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly, director of the Complexity Group at LSE, about the research project. Professor Mitleton-Kelly demonstrated the app to Stephen, which showed anonymous users converging towards the show route and then showed crowd density as a heat map during the procession.
Professor Mitleton-Kelly and her colleagues were at the show’s control centre with emergency and other services, who became very interested in exploring the next trial of the app. For more information about the app, click here.