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It is the ability of the card to track real time movements of people collectively - ie the flows past the readers and therefore cardholders' presence shortly after on platforms - which is useful, I think.

I have noticed on the Tube that trains often seem to terminate early (to shuttle back), and re-route on an ad hoc basis - eg at an intersection like Camden Town on the Northern Line - far more than they used to.

I suspect that sophisticated analysis of people flows from Oyster data may be driving this traffic management.

A Diary from Bruce McF or DoDo on this might be interesting.

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by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Mar 17th, 2010 at 10:49:05 AM EST
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