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Two sides of summer
Welcome to the latest edition of Land Mobile, the leading magazine for professionals working in the business communications sector.
I’m writing this editor’s letter just a few days before the end of August, going into a period which – to me at least – always signifies the beginning of that strange interregnum between the end of summer and the beginning of autumn. And honestly, what a summer it’s been, with memories both good and bad.
One experience that anyone who lived through it is unlikely to forget is the massive disruption at UK airports which took place from around the start of spring onwards, primarily due to a lack of staff in the immediate aftermath of COVID-19. This is something we touch on in this issue, via a feature exploring the use of communications technology to keep things flowing smoothly in the aviation environment (page 18).
As diffi cult as this summer has sometimes been, however, some overwhelmingly positive things have also taken place, not least major outdoor events finally getting back into full swing following the pandemic. The most high-profile example of this was probably Glastonbury in June, but the UK was also privileged to hold the Euro 2022 football tournament (#Lionesses), as well as the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
All these provide the inspiration for another vertical-based feature (page 14), this time exploring the ways in which business comms are being leveraged by the events industry, both to keep people safe and to maintain ‘business as usual’ operations.
One further positive that can be taken from this summer, meanwhile, is the ongoing progress being made by BAI in its work with Sunderland Council to roll out viable ‘smart’ infrastructure across the city.
As regular readers will remember, last issue we published a piece on the slow progress being made when it comes to UK smart city projects. We offer this issue’s big interview with BAI (beginning on page 10) as an antidote to that. It features the company’s chief commercial offi cer, Paul Osborne discussing tried and tested methods through which to develop both the smart city use-case and the business case.
Enjoy the issue.
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Philip Mason, editor
September 2022 | www.landmobile.co.uk | Twitter:@Land_Mobile