Friday 21st January 2022

Transport 360



Transport360 Magazine 2021 Q1 – With IoT there is opportunity in adversity, just look at the transport industry

The transport industry has experienced the most disruptive year in recent history because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Traditional mass passenger transport flows have dwindled to a trickle, enormous needs for first PPE and now vaccines have put immense stress on cargo distribution and one of the world’s busiest trade routes now has a border and all the attendant customs regulation that involves, plonked into it thanks to Brexit.

And to top it all off, who was ready for a blocked Suez Canal?

Just when you think it can’t get any worse something happens to prove there is always room at the bottom, but adversity can be an opportunity for IoT to demonstrate its strengths.

Continue reading the Editors Comment on page 4

Inside this issue:

  • On the cover: Advantech's Alicja Strzemieczna tells George Malim how rail transport is accelerating into a new era of automation both for passengers and cargo
  • The Annual IoT Connectivity Buyers’ Guide: Our guide to rapidly scaling up winning fleet telematics products
  • Intelligent Rail Report: George Malim reports on how rail operators are turning from the challenges of the pandemic to adopting smart rail technologies
  • IoT-Enabled Transport: Why reliable and secure connectivity is the foundation for the post-COVID world of transport
  • IoT for Ports: Alicia Asin describes how IoT is benefiting port cities
  • 5G Connectivity: How 5G is enabling the future of connected vehicles
  • Industry News: Catch up fleet management, shipping, logistics and product news starting on page 6


Transport360 – Q2/2019 issue. Transport businesses already rising to major 21st Century challenges

To date, the development of the car has been shaped by the meeting of human and Industry 3.0 machine. That’s all changing, however, as the next generation of automotive transport involves the interface of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cellular vehicle-to-vehicle (C-V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (C-V2X) communications, and predictive analytics, to name just a few technologies – and the wetware that is you and me. In fully autonomous vehicles we will be completely bypassed, but today road hauliers are already seeing major benefits (see page 5) from truckers learning to correct their own bad driving habits.

In the meantime, the transport industry – be it the haulage & logistics sectors or automotive – is adapting fast to the growing demands for an IoT network that meets 21st Century needs. In a fascinating, in-depth interview I had recently with the founder and head of WING Business at Nokia, Ankur Bhan described how his company is building a global alliance of partners to address automotive connectivity challenges. Starting on page 7 he explains that the days of reliance on roaming-based cellular connectivity are over, and that we need Nokia WING (Worldwide IoT Network Grid) to enable new infotainment services for car users, as well as additional revenue streams for automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

There is Breaking News on page 13 of a “first-of-its-kind” safety initiative being taken by no fewer than 11 companies in the automotive and mobility sectors. #TipsHat here to Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, HERE, Infineon, Intel and Volkswagen who are jointly publishing “Safety First for Automated Driving,” (SaFAD), a non-binding organised framework for the development, testing and validation of safe automated passenger vehicles. Cross-industry initiatives like this have been thin on the ground until now so they are to be applauded.

We hope you enjoy these and other articles in the latest issue of IoT Now’s Transport360 magazine.

Jeremy Cowan,
editorial director, Transport360

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