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Dec
16
2010

Transport for London routes real-time data to developers via Windows Azure

Using Microsoft’s cloud computing platform-as-a-service, Windows Azure, Transport for London (TfL) has made its real-time tube travel information available to mobile application developers, by using the service to host real-time data on tube updates for its Developers Area.

The Developers Area contains TfL’s data feeds and allows developers to create applications for mobile and other devices for use by the public. Feeds available include information on the location of cycle hire docking stations, timetable data and real-time traffic and road-works information across the entire TfL transport network in and around London.

The latest data feed to be added to the Area and to use Windows Azure is called “Trackernet” – a new real-time display of the status of the London Underground ‘Tube’ network. Trackernet is able to display the locations of trains, their destinations, signal aspects and the status of individual trains at any given time. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Sep
    25
    2010

    Pedal-powered monorail gets $1.3M Google grant

    Have you heard of the Shweeb? Me neither. But apparently, it’s a rather fun little tourist attraction located in Rotorua, New Zealand. Basically, it’s a monorail system. Unlike traditional monorails, however, this one has numerous cars, each of which can hold one person comfortably. What’s more, each car is pedal-powered, so the passenger is actively keeping the car going.

    More than 30,000 people have hopped inside the Shweeb and raced around its track in Rotorua, with users stating that it feels “different” and “exhilarating”. The idea first came to a frustrated commuter trying to navigate the streets of Tokyo – “I tried cycling here but that turned out to be a pretty dangerous activity so the idea just occurred to me to be able to cycle over the top of it,” says Shweeb creator Geoff Barnett. And after spending six years combining monorail and cycling technology, the Shweeb was born. Unfortunately councils couldn’t commit to making an untested technology into a means of public transport, so instead it went to Rotorua, where it became an adventure tourist attraction.

    Now though, the Shweeb may become a viable means of public transport after all – thanks to Google. Read the rest of this entry »

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