The IoT and Transportation

Transportation is an important part of life. Everything and everyone uses transportation in one way or another. As technology develops and evolves, our world becomes more and more connected. Suddenly, communication with people around the world became simple, easy and taken for granted. Our devices can now communicate with our transportation services, whether it's your own personal car, public transit, or microtransit; this communication has opened up many new options and allowed us to become more productive and more efficient.

Year after year, cities grow and population increases. In turn, traffic in our cities also become more and more congested. However, with the help of technology our is monitored and infrastructure is improved to help traffic flow as smoothly as possible, even during rush hour.

There are many parking apps that are dedicated to assisting drivers find parking. For example, in Toronto there is a GreenP app (available on Playstore and the Appstore) which has lots all over the city. The app allows users to find parking lots, pay for their parking, as well as extend their time via their mobile phone instead of having to return to the car. Another example of smart parking could apps that tell you where a vacant spot lies, or when others are vacating their spots etc. Gizmodo talked about PocketParker, an app that helps you find potentially open spots. As their writer Alissa Walker put it:

By analyzing the logistical information from people who have installed the app on their phones, and cross-referencing the parking space data that's readily available on any mapping service (they use OpenStreetMap), PocketParker can make a fairly well-educated guess about how many open spaces are located near your car.

Drivers can find a place to park faster, parking garages gain from increased utilization. The quicker cars are parked, the less traffic there is on the streets to deal with.

With more tech being integrated into our public transportation, many cities around the world are now running automated transit lines. These automated trains rely on signals and a network that leads back to, most of the time, one single control station. Imagine the thousands of people these systems transport every single day. Safety is a huge factor when you think about how important these systems are. The speed and weight of the train, not to mention the weight of all the passengers in it, makes it very dangerous when it comes to moving objects.

Umberto Malesci wrote in an article on LinkedIn Pulse that almost $30B will be spent in the next 15 years on the IoT projects in the railway industry. Almost 100% of the metro lines constructed since 2010 are fully automated and driverless. Even the updated lines of rail which do still have drivers, requires almost no intervention when it comes to the operation of the train.

With the automation of the transit line, it allows the system to calculate the positions at which the train will be braking, signaling, and the timing for other controls. There will be no operator manually controlling the lines, the consistency of service is increased and takes out the possibility of human error. Safety is increased and travel time is improved because the trains can be placed closer together, increasing the amount of people they can carry in a specific amount of time.

The technological era is bringing a world revolution changing and improving any and every area it touches. The internet of things will only grow and continue to affect our society, and the Silicon Valley and other tech hubs will become more relevant to old industries that will be entirely transformed.

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