The recent proliferation of new data sources generated by the emergence of new sensor and detection technologies such as smart phones, RFID tags, GPS-devices, accelerometers, digital compasses, etc., is opening the door to an exciting new era for the transportation community. Data, after all, is the oxygen and life-source for most of our transportation management systems. The term “pending data deluge” may at first appear to be a bit dramatic, but from many perspectives, the term represents an accurate depiction and characterization of our rapidly changing industry.
Much has been made of the new Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) information models, but little has been noted regarding the wide array of associated connections also envisioned for the new connected transportation environment. The most notable new connectivity models associated with transportation include Vehicle-to-Pedestrian (V2P), Pedestrian-to-Pedestrian (P2P), Pedestrian-to-Infrastructure (P2I) and Infrastructure-to-Infrastructure (I2I), all generating new, valuable real-time data streams integral to the success of the next generation of technologies and methodologies dedicated to the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and services within the urban environment. In addition, connecting all of these real-time information nodes to a central resource (Cloud) or X2C, will provide a central data warehouse and platform for the development of a vast array of new tools and services.
So how is the transportation industry preparing to deal with the data-wave just now beginning to materialize before our very eyes? Will these new connectivity models reside in dedicated silos separated by technology motes and fences, or will the transportation community implement a new architecture that will realize the value of integrating these data resources?. Our ability to realize the full potential of these new data sets will hinge significantly on our ability to optimize the systems that generate, transmit, collect, aggregate, process, store and manage the data in its entirety, all with an overarching perspective.
The City as a Platform is a new term that represents a significant shift in information management philosophy. The City will provide the backbone and central nervous system for successfully integrating all of these new data nodes. The City or the urban environment will be central to the efficient management of all of these new data sources, the connectivity between nodes and the ultimate ability to realize values attainable in these new data resources. The City Platform is the obvious choice for implementing an open architecture, set policies and govern overarching standards as well as provide the necessary infrastructure required for delivering a unified system.
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