Whitepaper: Improving transportation safety, efficiency, and the customer experience with the Internet of Things (IoT)

Posted: 15 October 2015 |

Digital information has become the life blood of the transportation industry with networks of computer chips and sensors integral to nearly every aspect, including public transport, fleet management, surveillance, ticketing, passenger information, etc.

Today, most systems operate in relative silos, but this is changing as municipalities see the compelling benefits from improved information sharing. This is what the Internet of Things (IoT) is designed to do: provide the connectivity, security, interoperability, analytics, and monetization capabilities that enable intelligent transportation.

Information in the right hands at the right time opens the door to all sorts of possibilities. In the case of buses, real-time passenger count data allows fleet operators to better optimize timetables to ensure sufficient numbers of buses are scheduled on heavily-travelled routes. Analytics software can provide scheduling suggestions based on passenger patterns correlated to the time of day, holidays, local events, weather, etc. Vehicle diagnostic information helps operations crews perform preventive maintenance, as in making a preemptive repair (e.g., replace brake pads, worn tires) to avoid a breakdown or an expensive major repair. Up-to-date timetables on information displays give passengers en route a higher level of customer service…

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