The Future of Transportation

By TJ Costello, Global Director for Cities, Communities, and Transportation at Cisco

With anticipation building for autonomous vehicles, buzz around ultra-high-speed transit options, and the growing presence of transportation devices that have an ability to communicate with each other, technology is fundamentally changing the future of mobility.

Throughout history, mobility has been an important driver for societal development: enabling economies to boom by facilitating faster, more reliable trade, higher standards of living, international investment, and larger globalised business operations. The future of transportation is set to deliver all of these outcomes and more. As the world becomes increasingly connected, so do transportation assets and devices, empowering communities and citizens around the world.


Safety First

Arguably the most eagerly anticipated development in the transportation industry is the self-driving or connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) which, despite perception, is set to increase passenger safety across multiple transportation modalities. Trains could very well be first out of the gate as fully autonomous forms of transportation. And the rail industry is making important strides toward driverless and eventually, autonomous trains. According to UITP, automated metro lines across the world reached the 1,000-kilometre milestone as of 2018. First, industry leaders will need to focus on interoperability to enable secure information-sharing between disparate unmanned systems, vehicles, and other system-wide networks. The capacity to manage autonomous train operations will support significant safety, efficiency, and productivity benefits for the rail industry.

Not only will these vehicles be driverless, they will have built-in artificial intelligence that can be programmed to monitor speed, maintain safe train control, and even mimic driving styles and behaviours perfected by human operators which can, for example, reduce incidents caused by extreme weather or evolving trackside maintenance needs. And by connecting these trains to each other and to other IoT network devices, we can more intelligently use data to manage productivity, transit capacity, railway conditions, and safer mobility throughout our cities, communities, and countries.

Empowering Mobility

Innovative technologies, like the IoT, have the potential to enable tremendous amounts of change. Interconnectivity and machine-to-machine communication supports train services proficiency, making train travel a more attractive mobility option.

This intelligence could also help to propel society towards a shared mobility model that is less about having your own personal vehicle, but rather treating mobility as a service – empowering people to be more productive during their commute times and enabling greater freedom and equal opportunities for those currently restricted by the inability to drive or fly.

It seems that we’re at an inflection point, one in which the rail industry needs to adopt new technologies and operational processes in order to keep pace with the disruptors. If we don’t figure out a sustainable way to attract more passengers to train travel, change the way trains run on tracks, and ensure trains arrive safely on time, the rail industry will not see itself move forward as a part of the future of mobility. This focus on passenger experience, and particularly the capability to increase commute productivity, is leading to the development of faster and faster modes of travel. Research and development continue into previously unexplored areas for maglev trains and hyperloop to potentially transform our travels all over again.

The Bridge to Possible

Our customers often ask how they can prepare for these changes. We build Cisco Validated Designs to help customers take that journey with a tested and validated approach. But we must go further.

Today, our society relies so heavily on connectivity of devices and data exchange, it is no surprise that concerns about cybersecurity and privacy slow the adoption of these transportation innovations. How can we securely scale these technologies to empower cities and communities in the future and regulate the use of personal citizen data? It’s time to put cybersecurity above everything else.

The rapid advancement of digitisation in transportation calls not only for greater commitment and collaboration across governments around the world, but also for the creation of a universal multi-modal transportation framework that will help to standardise the way cities and communities use, secure, and govern the data that is shared across transportation assets, infrastructure, and devices.

This will accelerate the actionable intelligence that will help governments to leverage and extend the opportunities for future travel beyond the examples above. With that kind of framework, we can broaden the way we think about and develop mobility innovations that truly transform the way we get people and goods wherever they need to be.

With these thoughts about the future of transportation, follow along with our #FutureofPublicSector series where we take a deeper look into some of the digital innovations around the world and how these are helping to change the future of the public sector.

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Connected Transportation

For the past three decades, Cisco has been working tirelessly to securely connect the world in motion. Between where you are going and where you want to be, there’s a bridge. And at Cisco, we are the architects of possible. Cisco’s secure networking, collaboration, wireless, and data center technologies have long been a fixture in the industry — and our expanded portfolio offers practical, forward-thinking solutions for every mode of transportation.

Integration for One Reliable Network

With constantly changing technology being the new norm, there’s an endless frontier to explore and master. Cisco Validated Designs (CVD) provide the technologies, features, and applications that help you build the foundation for your intelligent transportation system priorities. Our CVD solutions for railways and other mass transit environments connect workers, passengers and vehicles from one network to another without disruption. Our dedication to comprehensive testing gives you the confidence to deploy your own solution. We help you tackle your concerns around maintaining high levels of safety, improving asset utilization and managing increasing costs. Our CVD solutions are guaranteed to work as specified, minimizing your risk and meeting performance expectations as promised. We give you all the building blocks for system design and configuration that fit your requirements. And because we can all use a helping hand sometimes, 24-hour support is available for your CVD needs.

Cisco Connected Rail

Cisco’s solutions help to meet current challenges while extending the life of existing single-purpose networks and helping to modernize for future operations. The Connected Rail solution includes proven and tested reference architectures and validated communications network designs for the train, track, backhaul network, and data center to offer immediate benefits. The solution covers a whole range of capabilities, including: Cisco’s trusted ecosystem of partners brings unmatched value toward industry expertise and technology solutions. The best-of-breed Cisco products together with offerings from key ecosystem partners bring a cohesive, end-to-end, validated architecture that fulfills the business needs of rail operators. Ecosystem partners whose products have been validated with Cisco Connected Rail include: Fluidmesh Networks: Train-to-trackside radio systems for near seamless connectivity of high-speed trains. Klas Telecom: Fully rail-certified, ruggedized onboard gateways and Ethernet switches. Lilee Systems: Fully rail-certified, ruggedized onboard gateways. Davra Networks: The RuBAN™ Application Enablement Platform for infrastructure and service management.

Cisco Connected Mass Transit

The Cisco Connected Mass Transit solution provides connectivity at stations, airports, and ports, and onboard buses, planes, trains, ships, and emergency response as well as other connected vehicles. It’s built on a standards-based, interoperable, scalable network that provides the performance, features, security and intelligence needed to support best-in-class operational applications and passenger services from Cisco and its partners. The transit solution’s use cases and configurations have been validated and tested, providing service capabilities for connected transit vehicles, bus and trolley stops, maintenance yards, metro area networks, operation centers and network management software. The solution covers a number of use cases, including: Cisco integrates its key technologies with solutions from strategic global partner to create new value for transit organizations by providing safety, mobility, efficiency and connectivity. Cisco Mass Transit partners include: Advantech: High performance, high quality ruggedized computing platform. Cubic: Integrated systems for transportation and traffic management that allow travelers to choose the best way to travel and pay for their journeys. Davra Networks: The RuBAN™ system provides a comprehensive network management system and a data analytics and management platform for monitoring Vehicle performance and metrics. Sonim: Ruggedized Android smartphone, purpose built for mission-critical communications. Trapeze: TransitMaster™ information management system provides real-time data messaging. From strategy to execution, Cisco can help plan, build, manage and support your connected transportation goals. Industry leading experience and award-winning solutions will help you improve system operational efficiency, scalability, security, and profitability. With an end-to-end approach that aligns outcomes to your business goals." ["post_title"]=> string(5) "Cisco" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(20) "cisco-connected-rail" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-11-18 13:40:31" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-11-18 13:40:31" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(58) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(9) "suppliers" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }