Transport for London sees 500% rise in BYOD

Transport for London sees 500% rise in BYOD

Transport for London (TfL) has seen a rise of 500 per cent in the number of workers participating in bring your own device (BYOD) trends, new figures have found.

Figures obtained from a Freedom of information (FOI) Act by the network automation provider Infoblox found that the number of devices activated in the TfL network has increased from 106 in 2010 to 583 in 2013.

The  most popular operating system on phones used by its workforce was Android, while BlackBerry and iOS are also favourites.

The news arguably serves as yet more evidence that the BYOD trend is continuing to grow within various workforces across the country.

BYOD has grown significantly over the course of recent years, with staff realising that it enables them to take advantage of more flexible methods of working.

It means that rather than placing a great degree of reliance on office-based technology, employees can introduce their own devices into the workplace, a development that stands to improve their morale and productivity.

Chris Marrison, EMEA technical director at Infoblox, said: "Personal mobiles and tablets are becoming ubiquitous in the workplace and IT directors will need to ensure that these devices can be used safely and securely on the network.

"Forward-thinking organisations are already putting the necessary measures in place to enable improved productivity through BYOD initiatives, whilst safeguarding the organisation’s network from unauthorised access attempts which put data at risk."

The development comes a year on from the announcement that TfL was to offer Wi-Fi on the whole of the London Underground network, enabling commuters to surf the internet while on platforms at certain stations, meaning that it has now contributed to making mobile working lives of others much easier.

O2 customers will even be able to take advantage of this service completely free of charge, making things all the more accessible to commuters, who could benefit from a network-wide system by 2015.