The Internet of Things is helping the London Underground run more smoothly

In the U.K., where more than a billion people a year use the London Underground, Microsoft is working with enterprise telecommunications and IT services firms telent and CGI to modernize the systems that securely monitor, manage and automate everything from escalators, lifts and HVAC controls to closed-circuit video and communication systems. It’s a great example of how the Internet of Things works.

“Data from sensors and intelligent edge devices — to closely monitor temperature, vibration, humidity, fault warnings and system alerts — are all available in one central location to provide access to needed information on mobile apps, via a Web browser, or through text alerts,” writes Parul Bhandari on the Openness@Microsoft blog. Bhandari is Microsoft’s Worldwide Public Sector government industry solutions lead.

All of these things are accomplished using Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service, recently released in preview. In a video, Steve Pears, telent managing director, says, “When one system can connect thousands of devices and data streams across a rail network serving millions of people, that’s the Internet of Things. And it’s here right now. That’s why we chose Microsoft.”

To learn more, head over to the Openness@Microsoft blog.

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Suzanne Choney
Microsoft News Center Staff