It’s fascinating to think about how innovations in transportation, including the trend toward Internet of Things implementations, can enhance the quality of life for people across the globe. Indeed, technology can help us address significant challenges around really important aspects of our communities, including managing cities, reducing traffic jams, ensuring safety, improving efficiency in manufacturing, and improving healthcare.
We recently caught up with (a very busy!) Elliot Garbus, vice president of the Intel Internet of Things Group (IOTG) and general manager of the Transportation Solutions Division, and asked him about three top-of-mind transportation technology topics.
Q: How does the Internet of Things impact transportation overall?
Elliot Garbus: We see the Internet of Things as a remarkable trend that brings great opportunities to enhance the quality of life for people around the world. IoT can help address significant challenges around managing cities, ensuring food safety, improving efficiencies in manufacturing, improving healthcare, and more. We can apply information technologies in new ways and extend value in a truly transformative way that can make the world a better place. I’m very excited to come to work every day knowing that we have the opportunity to have this kind of impact.
Q: What are some current examples of how IoT is influencing and improving transportation?
Elliot Garbus: We have customers today that are leveraging technologies in fleets of commercial trucks—the big rigs that we all share the highway with—to address sets of concerns around safety and fuel efficiency. For example, one of our customers is beginning to monitor each truck driver’s state, so they can detect whether the driver is alert or starting to fall asleep. Many truck drivers work very long hours. Having this extra layer of protection helps keep them safer and helps the community at large.
Here’s another interesting development: In a number of emerging markets, we’ve seen how the application of telematics helps to address challenges in transportation, and more broadly, supply chain logistics. For a lot of manufacturing companies, high-value goods can fall into a “black hole” as they move across a complex logistics chain. Using IoT solutions, there are opportunities to address these kinds of challenges, to deliver real benefits to the companies that are waiting for delivery of the products. The world of transportation and logistics is under tremendous pressure to improve turn time and efficiency, and we’re at the beginning of applying computing in the transportation system, and actually on the products that are being shipped, to improve traceability all the way through the process.
Q: What is one example of how transportation technology can influence smart city development?
Elliot Garbus: One of the areas that I think is especially fascinating as we start looking more at electric vehicles, for example, is how the electric grid and electric vehicles are going to work together and what that might mean. There are already examples of bus companies working with electric utilities to get special rates; they can very comfortably predict and manage demand, and that helps the utilities more effectively manage the grid. And we’re seeing opportunities to apply Internet of Things technologies to electric grids—to better manage the grids and to identify where faults are going to happen.
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