For example, suppose a major snowstorm hits New York City. The transportation agency wants to know not only where all of the buses are, but how many people are on each bus. Instead of relying solely on GPS data to find the bus locations, the agency can also get accurate data on how many passengers are on each bus. If one bus were to go missing, they would quickly know exactly how many passengers to look for and be better prepared to handle any emergency situation.
Another timely example involves the high prices of gas. Gas prices are already high, but suppose a natural disaster caused them to skyrocket in one night. The transportation agency needs data fast in order to shorten routes and save fuel. Instead of having to wait weeks or even months to adjust routes, the agency can see an accurate snapshot of routes and usage and make quick changes.
Cloud computing is in the early adoption state in the transportation industry. Proven solutions are available and ready to be deployed. By implementing cloud technologies on a case-by-case basis, the transportation industry can begin to embrace this trend so prevalent in the business world. MT
Bart Robison is product manager with Eurotech Inc.