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Wi-Fi will be ‘near-universal on the tube by 2014’

TfL has announced that Wi-Fi will be rolled out to the remainder of the London Underground next year.

All but four of the London Underground’s stations will offer Wi-Fi to passengers by the end of 2014, Transport for London (TfL) announced this week – a substantial increase on the 120 stops currently connected.

Setting out their vision for the future of the tube yesterday (November 21st), TfL managing director Mike Brown and Mayor of London Boris Johnson also said contactless bank card payments will be introduced before 2015, while a new 24-hour Night Tube service will cater to weekend travellers.

However, it’s the Wi-Fi extension that advocates of remote working will be most interested in, with the tube carrying thousands of commuters on a daily basis – a number that’s only set to grow, with London’s population predicted to reach ten million by 2030.

The number of delays to London Underground services have reportedly fallen dramatically in the last decade. According to TfL, they’ve been reduced by 54 per cent since 2003 and 40 per cent since 2008-9. By 2015, Boris Johnson is committed to slashing another 30 per cent of delays compared with the tube’s level of reliability in 2011.

However, this won’t rule out the possibility that London workers still end up spending far longer on the Underground than they plan to. With more Wi-Fi hotspots available than ever before, they’ll be able to access the data they need as part of their working routine from just about anywhere in the capital – and without interrupting their journeys.

It’s not just the morning commute that’ll be changed for the better, either. If an employee needs to leave the office part-way through the day to attend a meeting on the other side of town, being able to connect to business resources on the go will give them the opportunity to prepare as they travel.

Of course, before your organisation can embrace remote working, it’s important that this data is stored digitally and available from any location in the first place.

Dajon offers document scanning services to help businesses bring their records into the 21st century, while our electronic document management system means these resources can be stored in the cloud and accessed from anywhere.