We hardly ever truly appreciate the technological developments that have emerged throughout the decades. That is, until due to some unfortunate reason, systems fail and we are placed at the disposal of facing harsh reality. The thought of the local subway network shutting down during rush hour is unimaginable to the daily commuter, or the possibility of not being able to know a vehicle’s location during delivery is just terror to the manufacturer. Of course, accidents and mishaps are beyond our control but there are measures which can help prevent these occurrences. With the apt functioning of “smart” tools and technologies, rectifying situations becomes even more easier. And that is where Internet of Things (IoT) comes into play.
Sensor and communication devices are being deployed in a multitude of industries, all connected to one network, also known as, the internet. Together with the information gathered from them, and the support applications which help interpretation, robust results can be attained in seconds, to say the least. Using sensor devices such as speed sensors, RFID, vehicle monitoring equipment, cameras, infrared sensors and so on can all be linked to one another through wireless communication networks. Hence data from each device is collected in real time, and processed right away. Imagine billions of devices connected to one network, transporting huge amounts of data every second. Where does all this information go; how do we get the results we desire? Big Data and corresponding service applications organize the data and interpret them into meaningful explanations for everyone to understand. This leads to reduced time consumption, real time decision making and faster service delivery.
For local subway and bus networks, enabling IoT tools and technologies will allow more efficient services to commuters as authorities are able to monitor live feed attained from the various devices and act on the data gathered. For transportation companies, sensors in their trucking vehicles and carriers allow more close observations to be made and enable easier data monitoring and interpretation. This is the optimum way to go forward.
Many are still unaware of the notions pertaining to IoT and Big Data solutions while others are uncertain about their true applicability. There is much to learn about efficient operations and lower operating costs at Industrial IoT, Big Data and M2M Summit Canada on June 21-22, 2016.