Transport for London expects the capital to be Lost Device Central this summer
Transport for London expects the capital to be Lost Device Central this summer

More than 3,000 smartphones could be lost this summer as the world descends upon London.

A Freedom of Information Act request by Block Solutions to Transport for London's lost property office found that during the summer of 2011 4,500 mobile devices were lost by people on London transport alone. It also found that people in London are likely to lose 70 per cent more devices during the July to September period.

The FOI request found that with an estimated 5.5 million extra people expected to descend upon the capital, an additional estimated 3,200 mobile devices will be lost this summer.

Jon Pickering, managing director of Block Solutions, said: “This summer will likely see extensive personal use of mobile devices, particularly as the wave of sporting events increases. With the rapid growth of the consumerisation of IT and the issue of more corporate smartphones, the likelihood that these will also contain corporate data and intellectual property is very high.

“This means that a lot of personal and corporate data will be unaccounted for across the country. For this reason owners, particularly those using devices for business purposes, should take specific steps to protect their assets and implement remote access solutions that can manage and resolve this risk.

“Without doubt the Olympics will bring disruption to the capital this summer. Whilst people can't do anything about the millions of extra visitors and congestion, simple measures can be taken to ensure everyday life isn't disrupted and devices are more secure, so they aren't left feeling the consequences after the final ceremony on the 9th September.”