The Internet of Things, the vast and ever-growing network of connected devices, is creating ripples in various industries, including transportation.
The railways use IoT to monitor train speed, shifting routes and avoiding accidents. Toll gates deploy this technology to adjust pricing and facilitate real-time payment. Fleet management uses it for scheduling, routing, monitoring and performance of a company’s vehicles.
Here are a few ways of how IoT is making our transportation easier.
- G.E Transportation
Inrix, a Washington based company, brought up a solution that analyzes the data from road sensors and vehicles to provide real-time parking and traffic information for safely testing and deploying self-driving cars. Additionally, the analytics for travel habits and population density is obtainable.
Ford-owned Texas-based company, Chariot, are on a mission to improve the public transport experience by providing a better transportation option for commuters. Chariot intends to use the technology to optimize and create smarter routes, lower costs and offer better ride experiences, hence improving our travel experience.
London-based Concirrus helps insurers see and manage risk via a data-analyzing app, giving them real-time insights into driver behaviour, which includes factors like speed, braking, tailgating and frequency of night driving. Besides data obtained by the company’s proprietary app, other information like the traffic patterns, local weather and collision data is also considered. The company also provides shipping solutions like vessel statistics, movements, local weather, machinery information and more.
New York-based company Dash has produced an app to improve fuel efficiency, predict maintenance, find issues and monitor the driving habits. It can even help in the engine check and locating the right mechanic.
FlashParking provides mobile-linked technology solutions for lots, garages and valet operations. Their services include touch screens and smart stations, along with cloud-run software. Its valet service features a payment and retrieval kiosk, enabling guests to pay in advance and request cars. Tracking the parked cars and valet availability can easily be determined.
Fybr’s product, the smart parking meter, is employed with below-ground sensors that determine whether a car is parked or not in a given spot, along with that exact location of the spot. The driver can then make the payments for parking at the spot via Fybr’s smartphone app. If the allotted time expires and an extension is not made by the customer, the city parking enforcement unit is sent an alert.
G.E. Transportation, the rail service company, includes IoT-enabled connectivity, real-time monitoring the weather conditioning, predictive analysis and more. The company’s technology such as “intelligent cruise control” helps in maximizing the lengths of the train, improving the handling and reducing fuel consumption.
Shipping giants Maersk has brought a remote containing management system that employs internal sensors used to gather and broadcast real‑time data, from temperature to humidity to CO2 levels. The solution also facilitates real-time 24/7 GPS tracking of their containers, automatic notifications which keep cargo owners to be aware of any deviations in temperature or pull-down rates. Maersk’s technology solution also enables cargo rerouting and added security.
The applications of IoT which are revolutionizing the transportation industry is not limited to these few examples. Want to know more how IoT can boost your transportation business? Contact us for free consulting.