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London will track subway passengers via WiFi starting July 8


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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

The British Transport Police Authority BTPA announced this week that starting from July 8, the tracking system will be run WiFi the existing Wi-Fi signals installed in 260 subway stations are used to maintain a record of passengers traveling on trains using their mobile phone ID MAC ” authority said.

According to the Metro, everything you know TfL about citizens is the stations through which they go, using data from the WiFi , The Tfl will be able to learn more about travelers. For example, a month-long experiment in late 2016 revealed that it was possible to use data WiFi To detect the tracks chosen by the passengers to take them between two points.

London Metro

The data revealed the nature of the people taking the particular route, and could capture data on the number of people changing trains without leaving the station.

Reports indicate that the potential benefits of this technique are enormous, as data can be Wifi To help TfL In understanding how citizens actually move through the subway network, and can help plan when an error occurs in lines, so it can TfL To better predict alternative routes and to guide passengers to a less congested alternative route.

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at He can be reached at: [email protected]

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