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This week's Click will fly by, I promise you,
if you're on one of the electric bikes that we'll be wheeling out.
And if you can't get a signal to watch the big match,
help may be at hand, but probably not from where you might think.
We'll also find out how wireless broadband may soon be helping
the emergency services, and we have the app that helps you
find the fake amongst all the photos in Webscape.
Welcome to Click, I'm Spencer Kelly.
Welcome to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
A couple of years ago, this was the place to be
if you wanted to be part of a major sporting event.
There is another one, the World Cup final, coming up this weekend,
unless you are watching a repeat, in which case...
..congratulations to Germany.
Congratulations to Argentina...
..for winning a really close fought battle.
What was essentially a walkover.
Many people, sport fans or not,
make plans to catch these big events live on TV
if they can get the signal.
That was the problem Dan Simmons faced
when his plans to catch the match were thrown up in the air.
It's being touted as the best World Cup ever.
So, if you have not got a ticket for the final, it's
time to make some plans.
Obviously, one of the best places to see the match is probably here,
on Copacabana Beach.
Or, you could watch it at a bar or cafe.
Or, you could always watch it at home.
One place football fans definitely won't want to be
when the big game is on is up in the air,
because here, well, there is plenty of good movies, but no match.
Ladies and gentlemen and children,
the World Cup match from Brazil will shortly be shown
live on Sport24 Channel on board this aircraft.
For the first time,
this World Cup will be shown live to passengers midair, by seven
airlines signed up to show a live sports channel on long haul flights.
It's not just a business class offering, either.
Even the seats at the back get a good view, and it seems to have caught on.
So, how do hundreds of people each get a live feed at the same time
while travelling at 600 mph?
From its control room in Los Angeles, Panasonic Avionics tracks
the 17 satellites that cover most flight paths around the globe.
Each one can deliver up to 50 megabits per second, but that's to be
shared between all the aircraft within that satellite's footprint.
Although the Wi-Fi on board can get speedy,
it needs to be shared itself between the passengers.
So, a section of the bandwidth is set aside solely for
the streaming of live sport.
Next year, the company will start focusing the data signals
specifically to just a few aircraft at a time,
almost doubling data speeds.
Specially made antenna on each aircraft need to work in some
of the most challenging conditions any electronics could face.
First, being baked,
and then frozen to the sub-zero temperatures of 35,000 feet.
Next, the equipment needs to be checked for precision
and efficiency A fraction of a degree out
and the data rate falls dramatically which could mean no football.
You have multiple satellites that are required to provide
this broadcast globally.
How do you transition from one satellite to another?
Let's say, from Europe to the Middle East, changing satellites,
it has to be timed exactly the same to be able to transition,
leave one satellite, reposition the antenna on the aircraft to the
next satellite, and pick up in the broadcast where you left off.
Quite a challenge.
Like other big matches, a single video feed
of the World Cup final will be sent to each aircraft, with the passengers
then opting in to watch it, so you can't pause or rewind the match.
Almost 50 airlines have signed up for the satellite data service
on board, which could also be used to personalise our in-flight experience.
In a year or so, expect airline apps to offer you the opportunity
to choose what you want to watch on board before you're on the aircraft.
You'll be able to pair your own device
to your seat number, so that you can pick from the menu what you
would like to eat, and it will also tell you
whether there is something interesting to look at outside the window.
How airlines use and charge for the new services that in-flight
data can now offer is still being worked out.
But as live sport is offered free of charge on more planes,
there will be even fewer places where fans will have to miss a big match.
Presuming, of course, they're still interested.
Dan Simmons, a man who mysteriously disappears from the Click office
whenever the football is on.
This World Cup has certainly had its fair share of magic moments.
Diving, goalkeeping substitutions, biting?
The crystal clear pictures being beamed back from Brazil have
allowed us to see the action in greater detail than ever before.
But through it all, some BBC engineers have been conducting
trials which could make future matches look even better.
For a number of years, 4K, or ultra- high-definition, has been
touted as the next big thing in television viewing.
While fans the world over have been gripped by football fever,
members of the BBC's RND team in London have been testing
the logistics of receiving a live
4K video stream from a number of World Cup games in Brazil.
Three games in total, including the final, will be streamed in ultra-
high-definition, which offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray.
The games have allowed the engineers involved to get closer than
ever before to the action.
Everybody has talked about four times the resolution that
you get with 4K, and that's true.
We've been able to look at things in the crowd,
read people's watches on their hands
in the crowd shots.
The detail on these bigger screens,
we've been using maybe 65 inch screens, and the difference
between HD and 4K on those screens has been quite noticeable.
The operation has presented its fair share of logistical
challenges, but that's all part of the testing process.
Of course, those behind the project are keen to point out that just
because they are testing 4K,
doesn't mean it will be coming to our homes just yet.
Obviously, people see 4K televisions appearing in shops,
but you have to think about the whole of the production infrastructure
needed to actually be able to deliver that content.
I think it will be like HD,
where HD production took off much more before HD distribution.
I'm sure we'll see a similar theme with 4K.
By the time the next World Cup rolls around,
who knows how we'll be watching TV, or if will even exist,
but I have a feeling we said that during the last World Cup,
so maybe don't hold your breath.
If you have any thoughts on that, or anything else in the programme,
please feel free to e-mail us.
Now, it's time for tech news.
Passengers around the world are being advised
to ensure that electronic and electrical devices in
their hand luggage are sufficiently charged to be switched on.
Updated transport rules from several governments state that
if a device doesn't switch on, you won't be allowed to bring it.
The new security checks have been introduced as a result of what
American officials are calling a credible terrorist threat.
Google Glass has been hacked so it can, apparently,
be controlled by its wearer's mind.
User experience agency, This Place,
has combined the specs with a mind wave mobile
headset that measures brainwave signals.
It allows users to take photos and upload them to social networks
just by thinking about it.
The aptly named MindRDR software
is open source, and developers believe it could give hope to
those unable to communicate verbally.
Although they might not be able to get decent reception,
3-D smartphones have boldly gone into space.
Powered by Google's 3-D mapping system project, Tango,
the phones have been sent
to the International Space Station to work with NASA's robotic spheres.
It's hoped that the phones will act as the eyes and brains of the droids,
allowing them to better navigate around the ISS.
Yep, it's official, we live
in a world of flying space robots equipped with phones.
Any large event like the World Cup or the Olympics brings with
it security concerns.
There are a large number of people in one space,
and therefore it becomes a target for an attack.
There are new technologies around that help the police
and emergency services deal with such events,
and those developing the tech are now urging governments around
the world to save dedicated broadband space just for that purpose.
Jen Copestake was asked to breach security to test some new systems.
Imagine someone is trying to place a bomb under a car.
That's what I have been asked to do here to create a fictitious
I'm testing new broadband technology for public safety and policing
from Motorola Solutions.
I may think I'm not being watched, but this is no ordinary car park.
Despatch to car one, pushing video now. Over.
This is car one, we are receiving live video. Over.
This exercise is being run at Motorola Solutions research
centre in the south of England.
Large amounts of data, like maps and video
collected on the security threat, me,
are sent live to the patrol car that acts as a mobile response unit.
All the security video taken throughout the day has been digitally
analysed for blue,
isolating me amongst the crowd by the colour of my dress.
The result? A layered video of my movements.
Next, facial recognition data can be fed directly to the police car.
It won't be long before I'm under arrest.
Can you send us a picture of the suspect, over.
Wireless broadband technology brings some of the same abilities
that you and I as consumers rely upon.
It brings the ability to virtually bring scenes to life
from a remote location by transfer video, by creating ways to communicate
that are not possible with just the spoken word.
A picture is worth a thousand words, video's worth maybe a million words.
The critical communications industry has been moving
away from narrowband private mobile radio networks
towards superfast 4G broadband.
This will allow vast amounts of data to be shared fast
between first responders.
In the future, paramedics working on a victim in an ambulance could
send data back to medical specialists at base.
Sensors on firefighters can monitor core body temperature,
heart rate and blood pressure.
Police officers could see a hazard in advance.
What it allows in a public safety environment is for a CCTV
camera of a specific area, maybe around the corner from where the
that officer is, to be streamed into the officer's device,
so he can see clearly what is around the corner before
he has to put his head around the corner.
The pressure it could put on networks is already clear.
When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of America in 2012,
it only took a few hours for communications to jam,
causing chaos for first responders.
We're all using so much internet bandwidth in our daily lives
that the spectrum is getting crowded.
Unless bandwidth is reserved for the emergency services,
public safety could be compromised.
Many countries don't have dedicated bandwidth for first responders
and this will become an increasing problem worldwide.
Spectrum problems are ubiquitous in the world,
It's a challenge. Scarce resource, highly valued by lots of services.
Right now, Europe hasn't moved to allocate spectrum.
But there are many issues to overcome.
Privacy is one.
With vast amounts of data flowing around, how do you control who sees it?
And prioritisation. How do you avoid data overload?
Anything is actually possible. The number of devices and so on.
It's very important to note that when moving into a dangerous situation,
an officer doesn't want the data fed to him.
He needs somebody telling him in his ear what he's about to face
and he wants to know somebody can talk back.
So it picked me up, suspect Jen in the blue dress.
Technologies like this are developing rapidly,
especially in the US.
Those backing these systems are pressing for dedicated
broadband space for public safety.
Otherwise our crowded online lives may have an unintended impact on security
and the work of the emergency services.
That funny looking building is the Olympic velodrome.
With the Tour de France in full swing,
we thought it was time we showed you this.
It looks like an ordinary bike.
It is heavier than an ordinary bike
because it's a prototype of a new e-bike, an electric bike,
which goes by the grand name of the Vanmoof 10 Electrified.
If you've ever ridden an e-bike before, the first thing you'll
notice about this one is it doesn't have the unsightly battery pack
below the saddle.
That's because the power cells are built into the frame itself.
It takes about three hours to charge fully
and can give you between 19 and 37 miles of range,
depending on terrain traffic, weather and how you're cycling.
This is a so-called pedelec. The electric motor only works when
you pedal so you do have to do some work.
But as soon as you do, the power kicks in,
helping you whiz up hills and whistle along the flat at top speeds of 18mph.
Although you can cycle at quite a pace, I have to say you notice the
electrical assistance most when you are pedalling slowly or up a hill
because the motor kicks in and it's actually difficult to cycle slowly.
There's almost no effort on my part at all to go at this speed.
That's why there's a button to switch down from 100% power to 50%,
although to be honest I still had trouble keeping it slow and
there's no way of actually switching it off from the control panel.
There is a button for the LED lights built into the frame
and even a remote control.
The bike won't work without it,
so it kind of acts like a theft deterring immobiliser.
The dawn of the electric bike has certainly come and gone before.
But as long as you have 3,000 to spare, this one could be here to stay.
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular in town.
Because of that, many cities now have a community bike scheme,
where you can hire special bikes from docking stations
using your credit card and then return them
to a different docking station later, where your card is charged.
Now, it's usually the docking stations themselves
that are the brains of the operation but in Copenhagen, in Denmark,
the community bikes have become smart.
Lara Lewington took a ride.
Copenhagen, one of the cycling capitals of the world.
A place where there are as many bikes as there are inhabitants.
In the '90s this was the first capital city to install a cycle hire
system, so it's little surprise they've just upgraded to
one at the cutting edge.
When it comes to hiring a bike, it needs to offer something extra.
Not only are these electric but they also come complete
with their own built-in, apparently vandal proof, tablet.
When it comes to reserving, booking and paying for one, you can
do it all on this.
You can select manual or whatever level of pedal power
assistance you desire.
You can go for longer distances.
Even if you have a manual bike and you want to go 5km,
the fastest and easiest way to go is on an e-bike
and you get there without sweating.
I'm not that confident on a bike.
I was actually quite relieved that even with the electric element
kicks in, it still feels comfortable and stable and safe.
And the thing is, it's very easy to stop.
The tablet offers GPS travel guides enhanced for cycling, making the bikes
a liberating way for tourists to explore the city
or for commuters to get to unfamiliar locations.
There's an option to check train times
and you can even book a bike for someone else, pre-setting
a meeting destination to make sure they head to the right place.
At the same time, the GPS tracks who is going where, when
and that data is sent home every ten seconds,
meaning information on battery life, location and usage is constantly being collected.
It is, of course, early days but the open platform means
the potential for software development is huge.
One idea they are trying out at the moment is location-based marketing.
But there's also scope for improving the cycling
experience for the whole city.
We'll get a lot of data from the bikes.
We are already getting that, the average length of the trips,
the speed people are cycling with, because we can then adjust
the traffic signals to the speed of the bikes in the morning.
If you have a headwind, maybe they change with them,
than if you had the wind in the back.
Is looking down at a tablet when on a bike safe, though?
Apparently there's been no problem yet.
If you've finished your journey and there's no room in the docking
station, you can actually just leave the bike in a designated safe zone.
You put the stand on, lock it and you can leave. But right now I'm in luck.
250 of the bikes have been up and running for a couple of months
now but the hope is it will soon become thousands.
Then, maybe other cities will follow Copenhagen's example once again.
Lara Lewington. If you've been following the Tour de France, you'll know that
one of the major talking points this year is the issue of people
taking selfies too close to the cyclists.
Of course these days it's hard to work out which pictures are real
and which ones are just people having fun with Photoshop.
However, don't fear. Kate Russell may very well have the answer.
Here comes Webscape.
What if you have a spectacular shot and you want to prove to
others it hasn't been photoshopped or tampered with?
Izitru will help you prove it's genuine and unmodified.
You probably won't have any need to prove your family holiday
photos are real but, if you've captured a newsworthy moment
or are taking evidential shots for an insurance claim or to sell an item on
an online auction, then this service could really come into its own.
You could also use it to prove something you captured
to enter a photographic competition has not been tampered with.
Just upload your shot and the website will host it,
together with prominent trust ratings.
As cities sprawl out and 24-hour lifestyles takeover,
light pollution is a growing problem.
As well as limiting our view of the heavens,
unless you have blackout curtains, it has a negative effect
on our well-being, as sleep patterns are largely regulated by light.
If this concerns you, a couple of interesting citizens science projects
aim to track the extent of light pollution around the world.
Android has the free Loss of the Night app which allows you to
monitor and report light levels in your area.
If you have an iPhone, there's
a similar project called Dark Sky Meter.
The app isn't free but it's not expensive.
The result can be viewed on the project's live map.
While some cities are always in the light,
some music remains in the dark.
Spotify revealed statistics on its fifth birthday
that said 80% of the 20 million or
so songs in its database had been listened to at least once.
Read between the lines, though,
and you can deduce that at around 20% have never been played.
That's four million unheard tunes that Forgotify wants to help
Spotify is famously not terribly musically discerning about what
it allows to be uploaded to its library.
So, there are some fairly shocking tracks in the fabled no plays list.
It is an interesting journey, nonetheless,
and I did come across the occasional gem.
You'll need to be logged in to a Spotify account to play,
as you dig deeper and deeper into the musical rabbit hole of unloved tunes.
Kate Russell, whose taste in music turns out to be just as bad as mine.
We've made it to the top of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park,
where you get not only great views of the park,
but also the city of London just over there.
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Thank you for very much for watching. We'll see you next time.
Click looks at the tech that allows you to watch the World Cup at 30,000ft.
And could the era of the electric bike finally be here? The team test out some bikes hoping to make a big impression.