London’s Underground selects Microsoft Azure to power cloud services

Microsoft and Transport for London (TfL) announced the move of TfL’s Developers Area and new Trackernet data feed to the Microsoft Azure platform. This forms the first major step forward as part of TfL’s comprehensive Digital Strategy and open data policy initiative.

Microsoft and TfL have worked in partnership to create this scalable and strategic platform. The platform is resilient enough to handle several million requests per day and will enable TfL to make other feeds available in the future via the same mechanism, at a sustainable cost.

At the launch in London was Chris MacLeod, Director of Group Marketing, Transport for London and Mark Taylor, Director of DPE at Microsoft UK.

Chris MacLeod, TfL’s Director of Group Marketing, said: “This is great news for TfL passengers. We are committed to making travel information available to passengers how and when they want it. 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.”

To view the new Trackernet feed, please go here.

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