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Unified Intelligent Transportation Solutions

22/06/2017 00:00:00 Author: Source:

Embracing intelligent transport

Norman Frisch, Marketing Director, Enterprise Business Group and Transport Sector at Huawei

Over half the world’s population now live in cities and by 2050, this number is expected to reach almost 66%. But are cities built to cope with this growing number of people? Urbanisation requires more resources than ever before, a situation made even more complicated by having to balance the growing need for better city management with sustainability.

How transport negotiates the changing urban environments is a critical piece of the puzzle. Congestion, passenger and pedestrian safety, pollution and traffic flow are just some of the challenges facing the sector is up against. As a consequence, there is huge demand for services and solutions to improve traffic safety and convenience before things spiral out of control.

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Innovating for the future

This is where technology can help. Intelligent transport systems are advanced applications that aim to provide innovative services relating to different modes of transport and traffic management. This enables users to be better informed and make safer and smarter use of travel.

For example, this could involve technology coordinating signals and introducing lane-use management systems to smooth traffic flow on motorways. This could also involve using technology to monitor vehicle movements to record the speed, location and mass of a vehicle, which can then be used for regulation purposes such as road user charging and enforcement. Or it could mean that controllers can run much more efficient schedules due to better information on the location, speed and length of vehicles using the network.

By harnessing intelligent technology to improve the movement of people and goods, there is a huge opportunity for the industry to not only improve the customer journey, but help the sector address wider societal trends such as a growing global population and increasing urbanisation.

This can be taken a step further by taking advantage of consumer devices. There are more connected devices than ever before and Internet of Things (IoT), a development which involves everyday objects being connected to the Internet allowing them to send and receive data, provides an opportunity to connect all of these together. Whether that is through mobile ticketing or real-time updates to give passengers insight into whether train carriages are full or not, by intelligent connecting all the services together, transport operators can provide a seamless travel experience for the passenger.

Next steps for transport operators

While the technology currently available is advancing, it’s time for transport organisations to embrace innovation to help face the large number of societal trends and urbanisation.

Huawei’s ITS Integration Solution integrates subsystems and applications within intelligent transport with E2E IP convergent networks, to help provide an integrated application and management platforms for transport operators. Existing systems and resources can be integrated on this platform, to create a unified intelligent system with data analysis, resource sharing, fast application customisation, smooth system evolution and capability of integration with third-party systems. The application fully showcases the central role played by IoT and convergent networks within intelligent transport. The solution taps into value within individual applications that are oriented toward customer experiences such as government facing services or commercial ticketing solutions to create greater value for passengers and in turn, wider society.

But what does that mean for the transportation sector? There are five key benefits to embracing intelligent transport:

  • Improved situational awareness – by tapping into information from the intelligent sensors, devices, video and social media, transport operators can gain a much better understanding of passenger journeys and how to improve them
  • Better efficiency – the implementation of intelligent transport creates improved efficiency and allows a quicker allocation of resources (trains, vehicles, staff)
  • An enhanced “Transport as a Service” experience – intelligent transport will create a full end-to-end service for passengers, allowing users to book a trip from A to B, including all the individual journeys, from a single source
  • Better security – embracing new technology also means it is safe and reliable to use. Aspects of cybersecurity play an important role in all implementations of ICT
  • Improved choice – the transport industry’s strong commitment to fully standardised solutions also ensures a rich choice of solutions and secures long term CAPEX

Intelligent transport

As the world’s population continues to grow, the transport sector is only going to face more challenges in the future. Now is the time for transport operators to prepare for this by taking advantage of intelligent technologies such as IoT and road monitoring to manage cities before the number of citizens and vehicles becomes uncontrollable.

To find out more about our transportation solutions : http://e.huawei.com/uk/solutions/industries/transportation