The Use of IoT in Transportation for Smart Cities
By Safi Khan
June 21, 2023
The Internet of Things (IoT) for smart city transportation will transform how drivers and cargo get from one location to the next.
The latest transportation forecast from Research and Markets states that IoT is one of the most important smart city solution platforms. The global market is expected to reach $495.57 billion by 2030.
IoT devices and connectivity make cities smarter and safer. They also make the systems easier to manage and more economical.
Several transportation segments leverage IoT technology to address traffic congestion and public transportation challenges. Another area of impact is vehicle telematics. These smart devices track, monitor and analyze key performance data from vehicles in real time.
Benefits are fueling the growth of IoT. IoT sensors, data and connectivity can improve citywide transportation operations and reduce operating costs. This article will examine three advantages and two customer use cases in smart city transportation.
Communication between vehicles and passengers to the vendors must be reliable. Whether it’s fleet managers, electric vehicle (EV) service providers or rail operators, getting people to and from destinations safely and timely is crucial.
5G IoT networks enable faster and cost-effective connectivity. Hundreds to billions of devices can be connected while data can be consumed and transmitted from multiple devices.
IoT telematics provides real-time information. Operators can gain insights into traffic patterns and idle time. They can even monitor weather and maintenance issues and use the data to increase productivity while reducing expenses.
Icomera is Europe’s and North America’s leading public transportation provider, serving millions of passengers daily. It installed the first passenger Wi-Fi service on a train in 2003. In 2020, Icomera partnered with us to launch the Icomera X5, the world’s first router that’s rail-certified and enabled with 5G.
Our FN980 5G data cards were used as a 5G modem solution across multiple regions. With Icomera’s SureWAN™ protocol, the X5 router delivered the fastest, most reliable connection for rail operators and passengers. Icomera X5’s real-world trial set a new public transportation record for throughput surpassing gigabit speed.
BSQ Security is a leader in fleet security and surveillance. Moving trucks make it challenging to ensure IoT-enabled fleet management applications have sufficient cellular coverage. The company required secure IoT connectivity its customers could depend on without buying additional components.
For their solution, BSQ leveraged our IoT platform and a data SIM for global coverage and stable data costs. The company was able to enhance the customer experience by offering:
BSQ’s software developers also collaborated with our ecosystem of applications, system integrators and device suppliers.
Smart city technology requires reliable, secure IoT enablement. Our IoT modules and connectivity services can bring your smart city application to life. Moreover, we can leverage our IoT enablement solutions to build your ready-to-launch IoT transportation solution.
Speak with our IoT experts and get started on your smart city transportation solution.