“Mind the gap” as Transport for London (TfL) and Microsoft have worked in partnership to move TfL’s feeds into the cloud.
TfL’s new cloud data includes a developer’s area with data feeds. The feeds allow developers to create applications for mobile devices to be used by the general public. Feeds also include information on the location of cycle hire docking stations in London, timetable data and real time traffic and roadworks information.
TfL is offering a “Trackernet” feature which displays the real time status of the Tube network. Trackernet can display the locations of trains, their destinations, signal aspects and the status of individual trains. The data feed is available to developers and the public via Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform.
Microsoft and TfL have both worked in partnership to create the new platform. Microsoft says its Azure platform is “resilient enough to handle several million requests per day.” TfL plans to make other feeds available in the future via Azure.
Mark Taylor, Director Developer and Platform Evangelism at Microsoft UK said:
“TfL asked for a system able to handle in excess of seven million requests per day, as well as being able to scale to handle unpredictable events like snow days. Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, Windows Azure is ideal for this kind of task and provides a great basis for the programme of innovations that TfL has planned over the coming years, such as Trackernet. We look forward to continuing to work with TfL and other organisations seeking a secure, trusted cloud computing experience.”
Transport for London’s Windows Azure Cloud application is available at http://cloud.tfl.gov.uk/