Data to be harvested from London tube users

Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019

Author: Robert Ward

Transport for London will start tracking passengers as they move around on the London Underground. Beginning on 8 July, TfL will use the free network Wi-Fi service to gather anonymous information on how passengers use the tube tracking anyone who connects to the Wi-Fi.

The programme will give TfL more granular data on passenger movement within stations, allowing them to more accurately inform customers about the state of the network including congestion and overcrowding. The data will also be made available via TfL’s open API, meaning that app developers will also be able to make use of it. Journey planner apps like Citymapper, for example, could direct customers to pick the less overcrowded of two equally fast routes based on this passenger data.

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