Microsoft helps London Underground capitalise on the internet of things

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 09 June 2014
Microsoft helps London Underground capitalise on the internet of things

The London Underground is capitalising on the possibilities of the internet of things to help enhance the various facets of the system which are used on a daily basis.

Working alongside Telent and CGI, Microsoft is delivering its Azure Intelligent Systems Service to the London Underground to help monitor, automate and manage the ‘things’ that make up the system, such as escalators, lifts and CCTV systems.

“Meaningful data from sensors and intelligent edge devices, on everything from temperature, vibration and humidity, to fault warnings and system alerts, are available securely in the cloud,” explains Steve Pears, managing director of Telent. “Many manual monitoring processes can now be streamlined, and disconnected systems can be securely integrated and automated. Most importantly, equipment degradation can be spotted in real time based on live data, and with new insights from data, London Underground can measure asset performance over time.”

All data is now available in one central location, meaning vital information can be accessed on mobile apps, via a web browser, or through text alerts. This means staff have a greater visibility of the status of vital elements of the rapid transit system, which serves more than a billion people annually.

“Like the London Underground, enterprises using the Intelligent Systems Service to extend the Azure cloud across connected devices and sensors can capture vital data, analyse it with familiar Microsoft tools such as HDInsight and Power BI for Office 365, and then quickly take the appropriate action that drives impact,” says Parul Bhandari, Government Industry Solutions Lead, Worldwide Public Sector. “Underlying all of these capabilities is enterprise-grade security developed and supported by Microsoft.”

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