28 May 08. Buses ‘could be road sensor hubs’. Buses could be turned into “mobile sensing platforms” to help reduce traffic and improve road conditions, according to European researchers. Berlin buses were used to demonstrate the technology, which included on-board environmental sensors, cameras and GPS. The buses transmitted data wirelessly, over mobile phone networks, wi-fi and Wimax, to traffic control centres. Project co-ordinator Patrice Simon said they were also looking at technology to detect if fights break out on buses. (Source: BBC)
29 May 08. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Agency (TMPA) has signed a contract for its second AW139 medium-twin helicopters in utility configuration. The TMPA received its first AW139 in March 2006.