Newslinks | 3rd September 2007

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Mayoral Contenders Enter the Race Today sees the launch of both Boris Johnson's Mayoral candidature for the Conservatives, and Brian Paddick's for the Liberal Democrats.

Tube Strike Chaos

The BBC reports that the planned Tube Strike is going ahead:

The Rail Maritime and Transport union said more than 2,300 members would walk out at 1800 BST.

The action was called in response to fears of job losses after the collapse of maintenance firm Metronet.

The strike runs for 48 hours from Tuesday, affecting the Bakerloo, Central and Victoria Lines. A further planned strike for the 10th September is on the cards of the issue of job losses is not satisfactorily resolved.

Near Field Communication a PR Stunt?

Following our earlier story about TfL's intention to use Near Field Communication at Blackfriars to provide real-time transport information to enabled mobile devices, TelecomTV carries an article critical of the project:

"NFC technology is still very much in its infancy and there are few mobile phones on the European market that support it. Nokia, a long-time fan of NFC technology has introduced the 6131 NFC handset, but so few devices available, critics say the TfL campaign is more of a PR exercise than anything else.

Moreover, ABI Research has cut the percentage of of NFC-enabled mobile phones it expects to be in use by 2011 from 50 per cent of the entire mobile handset base to 30 per cent. Furthermore, just last week the research house said that the development of the market for NFC chipsets is being stunted as a result of the lack of an industry consensus on the technology."