New TfL WAP mobile service to revolutionise travel info Thursday 15 February 2001 PDF Print Transport for London (TfL) - in partnership with UK mobile and internet information provider Kizoom - is today (February 15) launching a new real-time travel information service available to Londoners, commuters and visitors via their mobile phones. Those with WAP-enabled mobile phones simply enter the TfL Mobile Internet address - http://www.tflwap.gov.uk - and select their preferred mode of travel, be it Tube, bus, Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or Thames River services. WAP stands for Wireless Application Protocol and, in plain English, allows those with suitably equipped mobile phones access to internet-based information on the move. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said: "My Draft Transport Strategy makes it clear that there is much work to be done to improve transport in London. But with TfL's new WAP mobile phone travel information we can make getting around London much more predictable, making journeys easier, more comfortable and less stressful. "Now Londoners and commuters can get up-to-the-minute travel information on Tube, bus, DLR and Thames River services anywhere and at any time, simply and at the touch of a button." The WAP travel information is organised as follows: Tube:Up-to-the-minute information on disruption to services, line-by-line. DLR:Up-to-the-minute information on departure times, station-by-station and platform-by-platform. Bus:Longer-term information on disruption and diversions by bus number. River:Longer-term information listing departure, drop-off and destination piers. TfL's partners in the project Kizoom currently receive around 250,000 requests a month for a similar service providing national rail travel information. With around three million Underground, four million bus and 136,000 DLR journeys made in London every day, the potential for the new service is enormous. Kizoom founder and Chief Technical Officer Nick Knowles said: "This new real-time travel information from TfL is exactly the kind of application that people want via their mobile phone. It puts the information in their hands, letting them make smarter decisions about how they manage their lives. We're delighted that TfL selected Kizoom to be their partners in what we believe will be a revolution in the way that transport and timetable information is delivered to the passenger." Notes to editors: · Kizoom, which specialises in mobile internet information solutions and particularly on usability, was formed in 1998. · On the first day of the petrol crisis in September 2000, Kizoom recorded a 40 per cent increase in WAP enquires about national rail services. · TfL is also planning a wider range of mobile phone and internet travel information services, due to be announced later this year. Transport for London is this year hosting the world's major urban public transport industry congress and its accompanying Mobility & City Transport exhibition, the biennial UITP Congress, to be held at Earls Court in London, May 20-25. Mayor of London Ken Livingstone has put improving London's transport at the top of his agenda and will address UITP London 2001. Transport for London will also showcase all that is innovative and best about transport in London with a major interactive exhibition stand at Earls Court. For more information on Transport for London or UITP London 2001, please contact Stuart Ross on 020 7941 4191, or visit the TfL website: www.transportforlondon.gov.uk; or the UITP website: www.uitp.com. For more information on Kizoom, please contact Iain Frazer-Halpin or Matthew Ward at Brodeur Worldwide on tel no: 01753 488840 or 01753 448875; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.