In Brief

Network-enabled sensors could make subways 30% cheaper to run.

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to leave its mark in various industries around the world, which will soon include one of the world’s oldest public transportation systems. Transport for London (TFL), the organization that runs the London Underground, has been busy fitting the subway system with network-enabled sensors that should make it cheaper to maintain the tunnels, and also improve customer service.

TFL has been working alongside Telent and CGI to install sensors in the CCTV systems, escalators, PA loudspeakers, air conditioning systems, and subway tunnels. Powered by Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Services, the new network aims to make it easier to manage, monitor, and automate individual tasks.

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