Cisco is one of the biggest proponents of the Internet of Things (IoT) and could be one of its main beneficiaries.
The networking giant is pushing IoT solutions in a number of areas, including the transportation sector.
An email interview with Kyle Connor, Cisco’s transportation industry principal highlights his seven most important points:
- Data will be the new oil
Connor noted that in the past, government and transportation agencies have not gone much beyond storing IoT transportation data. But going forward, he expects those agencies to find “innovative ways to leverage analytics to create revenue streams, improve quality of life for citizens, and offset costs of new technologies.”
For example, he said, if a transportation department has roadway sensors that detect fog, it could share or sell the collected data to weather institutions or navigation systems. That could enable more efficient travel, as well as dramatically impact safety, Connor predicted.
“This IoT-enabled infrastructure — roadway automation, real-time data, and true situational awareness — will allow … agencies to react instantaneously and even stop major accidents”
- More MaaS and TaaS
Connor predicted that the growth of Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) and Transportation-as-a-Service (TaaS) will enhance the passenger experience. MaaS and TaaS reflect the move away from personally owned transportation (private cars) toward mobility services such as Uber or Lyft.
- Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning will play key supporting roles
“Just as in many other industries,” Connor predicted, “AI and machine learning will become much more widespread in the transportation sector, enabling more automated, predictive analytics and, therefore, better decision making.”
As examples, he cited using AI on real-time and historical IoT data to better deploy emergency response vehicles, tow trucks, and snow plows” and even “preemptively deploy salt trucks to roadways that often ice over just before they begin to freeze.”
One of the main issues with IoT is the security and cyber attacks by hackers. How do we protect ourselves against this?
An interesting business case is from EOT [Encryption of Things] – Read more: https://eotcoin.org/business-case/
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