Feeds

Reading punts free mobile info service

The Thames Valley - all in glorious Java

The Power of One Infographic

Reading Borough Council has launched a free service for locals and visitors interested in live information on buses, parking spaces and even cinema times, all through a mobile phone application.

The app comes from mxData, which already provides a similar service to people living in York, Sheffield, Birmingham and Stratford Upon Avon. The Reading system goes further to include local cinema and theatre listings, as well as live info on how late your bus will be in the snow.

The application can be requested from the mxData website, which delivers a text containing a link to the app along with the usual reminders about the cost of mobile data. Assuming you're not worried about that, and can muddle your way through a fairly typical Java-based interface, then you can get photographs from CCTV cameras showing traffic levels, details of available parking spaces and live train and bus information - all remarkably useful, as long as you're not trying to check it while driving.

Less handy is the information about what the Variable Message Signs (VMS) are currently showing, unless they've recently been hacked to show "Zombies Ahead" or similar. "Points of interest" shows post offices, petrol stations and the like, though sadly lacking the skinny on opening times that would make this function superior to Google Mobile Maps in that regard.

"What's on" does include up to date information on films showing, as well as opening times for bars and museums - clearly more important than shop opening times, or when to see a Reading FC game.

But if you're taking public transport in Reading, knowing how late your service is running is a killer app - anything else is a bonus. ®

The Essential Guide to IT Transformation

More from The Register

next story
Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network
'Prevent people that are passing by to hook up to your network', pleads plod
Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them
It's almost as though pr0n was actually rather popular
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Microsoft unsheathes cheap Android-killer: Behold, the Lumia 530
Say it with us: I'm King of the Landfill-ill-ill-ill
All those new '5G standards'? Here's the science they rely on
Radio professor tells us how wireless will get faster in the real world
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.