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BBC’s computer generated map of British telephone calls

The BBC have been promoting a show called “Britain from Above” in which which they take telemetry from various trackable sources and generate fancy maps of our activities and, presumably, add a thick layer of social commentary.

In the promo video linked below they show a few examples of air, land and sea movements but it’s the content at almost exactly 1 minute into the video that interests me; A traffic map of every telephone exchange in Britain tracked, as they say in the video, second by second.

This is obviously based on information from BT, so are there any mobile networks that do fancy network utilisation displays like this? Hopefully there will be more telecom eye candy in the full show.

You can check out the promo video here or, if you’re in the UK, see the whole show on Sunday 10th August at 9pm on BBC One.

5 replies on “BBC’s computer generated map of British telephone calls”

They had something similar to this at MoMA in March. You could see the whole world and where communications traffic was coming from/going to at different times of day. You could clearly see which cities were most connected to one another, the most obvious was London – New York. Much of the developing world was either fairly dark or lit up only with key cities.

Oh my God! So many phone calls every day! If only we could save up that time to do something with it or transform our chattering into energy.
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Mathew Farney – Web Hosting

Oh my God! So many phone calls every day! If only we could save up that time to do something with it or transform our chattering into energy.
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Mathew Farney – Web Hosting

I have to admit that his is pretty interesting but it doesn't surprise me because technology at this point is very advanced and what we know about technology is just maybe 2 percent of what is for real.

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