flowthings.io Helps Make Transportation Safe and Efficient – it needs to be

There are few grand challenges and great opportunities on the planet that have a more significant potential to improve quality of life, spur economic development, and positively impact the environment than Smart Transportation.

Transportation systems have a direct impact on all areas of our lives.

The global transportation industry moves trillions of dollars of cargo – and, even more importantly, millions of lives – daily and spans almost every piece of air, land, and sea on Earth. Even small changes can and will have a tremendous impact on efficiency.

Air segments of the global transportation industry understand the impact of instrumenting and optimizing engines and control surfaces to save fuel and time. Yet, there are still hundreds of billions of secondary assets that support flight operations that are not instrumented and optimized. By instrumenting these assets and delivering intelligent actions, we can spur a significant increase in operational efficiency.

The traditionally fragmented and somewhat insular collection of global maritime industry operators are waking up to the power of instrumentation and digitization. They are optimizing asset utilization, enhancing compliance, and generating more stable and attractive returns. From AIS (Automatic Identification Systems) suitable to installation on any part of the installed fleet, to the growing market for UUV (Unmanned Underwater Vehicles) and RAS (Remote Unattended Sensors), they are participating in the Internet of Things.

Mass transit systems – light rail, subways, bus lines, trolleys – are experiencing a renaissance of sorts as the number and population of metropolitan areas around the world grow. Whereas 20 years ago, a sign of success for recent college grads was the purchase or lease of a new vehicle, today, many recent college grads and millennials are looking for lifestyles that do not require personal auto transport. The burden placed on existing mass transit systems is growing faster than the systems can extend their capacity using traditional methods. By instrumenting, understanding, applying agile intelligence, and then – most importantly – pushing that operational insight right back down to the technology in active operation, we can achieve boosts in capacity with a fraction of the capitalization required using traditional procurement methods.

Surface transportation – passenger vehicles and trucks – remains a, if not the primary mode of transport in a number of markets globally. In fact, demand for over-the-road (OTR) long haul trucking and less-than-truckload (LTL) regional hauling to serve "Just In Time" inventory models is so great that the deficit of qualified drivers is at a record level. Again, the smart solution to these problems is to increase the efficacy of the existing physical assets and human resources by instrumenting and intelligently optimizing operations in real-time.

flowthings.io was built from the ground up to tackle these kinds of collect ➤ understand ➤ act ➤ deliver challenges that bridge the operational and information technology spaces.

It is fast enough to warm you about a coming crisis before it happens, robust enough to make talking with devices that will never have a reliable connection easy, and powerful enough to wade through mountains of relevant data; be they directly from instrumented physical assets, existing business information systems, or external 3rd party and open source services.