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Microsoft Azure and IoT to modernise London Underground monitoring systems

Will make for 'faster maintenance, better service and lower costs across the system'
Thu Aug 21 2014, 16:52

MICROSOFT HAS TEAMED with British internet systems installation company Telent and IT consulting company CGI in a bid to modernise London's tube network using the Internet of Things (IoT).

Announced in a UK government blog post, the partnership will look to modernise the London Underground monitoring systems, which oversee critical rail assets with data from thousands of devices and sensors, by integrating Microsoft's Azure Intelligent Systems Services software.

The software system will streamline manual monitoring processes, secure and integrate disconnected systems, and spot equipment issues in real-time, Microsoft said, making for "faster maintenance, better service and lower costs across the system".

In a promotional video entitled "Bringing the Internet of Things to the London Underground", Telent MD Steve Pears said, "We wanted to help rail organisations like London underground modernise the systems that monitor its critical assets, everything form escalators and lifts and FAT control systems to CCTV and communications networks."

How Microsoft is transforming London Underground with the Internet of things

Pears added, "Meaningful data from sensors are on everything from temperature vibration and humidity, to fault warnings and system alerts are available securely in the cloud. Many manual monitoring processes can now be streamlined."

Pears explained that disconnected systems will be securely integrated and automated with the use of IoT and, "most importantly", equipment degradation can be spotted in real time based on live data and with new insights driven by data, with London Underground able to measure asset performance over time, "When one system can connect thousands of devices and data streams across a rail network serving millions of people," he added.

We've asked Microsoft when this will be rolled out across the tube network but the firm wasn't immediately available for comment. µ


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