Telematics is shaping the ‘smart city’

One development with the ‘smart city’ is the increased use of telematics. This relates to sensors and computer collecting information and helping to manage the flow of traffic and people through the roads and streets.

They may not be noticeable, but there are many sensors on vehicles and in targeted locations collecting valuable data. This includes data from vehicles, traffic lights, and even the general public. This collection and analytics process of big data is termed telematics, and there are several cutting-edge solutions that process the real-time data.

Telematics devices and software are often found in vehicles to help improve traffic, reduce public transit times, and even keep streets clean. Telematics data is also useful for businesses, in terms of helping companies to improve productivity; avoiding safety issues and optimizing utilization; and providing new insight to developing the ‘smart city’ through vehicle data collected; this includes things like warning about pot holes in the road (and flagging to municipal authorities that repairs are needed) or assessing the need for more parking. The smart city concept is an urban development process designed to integrate information and communication technology and Internet of things technology to manage a city's assets. One critical part of this is transport.

Telematics takes in telecommunications, vehicular technologies, road transportation, road safety, electrical engineering, and computer science. The types of devices include sensors, instrumentation, wireless communications and the connectivity that surrounds the Internet of Things.

One example of a telematics system is a device called Geotab. This is a smart city hub connecting its artificial intelligence with telematics across a number of countries, with networks established in North America and Europe. The types of data collected include traffic congestion, carbon measurement, fuel usage plus other metrics that can be used to create transportation solutions for urban sustainability.For businesses, applications like Geotab can be used to automatically classify vehicle usage patterns and also to predict maintenance issues (which is particularly useful for fleet car hire). This telematics equipment captures streams of data via a 900 MHz radio and sends it in real-time to servers for analysis.

Two companies currently utilizing telematics are Pepisco and UPS.

Read the full article originally published by Tim Sandle here.