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December 15, 2010

Transport for London goes on cloud with Windows Azure

Passengers to get real time traffic and roadworks information along the entire TfL transport network in and around London

By CBR Staff Writer

Transport for London (TfL) has taken to the cloud for providing passengers about the traffic information in London by moving their developers area and new Trackernet data feed to the Windows Azure platform, as part of its comprehensive Digital Strategy and open data policy initiative.

The Developers Area contains TfL’s data feeds and enables developers to create applications for mobile and other devices for use by the public.

Feeds available include information on the location of cycle hire docking stations, timetable data and real time traffic and roadworks information along the entire TfL transport network in and around London.

The latest data feed to be added to the Area and onto Windows Azure is called ‘Trackernet’ – a realtime display of the status of the London Underground ‘Tube’ network.

Trackernet displays the locations of trains, their destinations, signal aspects and the status of individual trains at any given time, by taking four data feeds from TfL’s servers and making it available to developers and the public via the Windows Azure platform.

TfL’s director of group marketing Chris MacLeod said Trackernet – which will lead to some new apps and which many developers have already tested for themselves – is a great example of how TfL is using new technologies to provide better travel tools for public transport users.

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