Navigating Transportation IT

A look at challenges and solutions for the travel and transportation industry

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Digital twin technology: The key to airport innovation

Airports face a number of challenges — aging infrastructure, fluctuating demand, sophisticated security needs and, now, an unexpected global health crisis — and legacy technologies are incapable of addressing them. In other words, we cannot expect to build tomorrow’s airport using yesterday’s solutions. We need radical innovation and that calls for new technologies. Digital twin […]

3 tech strategies emerge as vital for transit industry transformation

subway platform

Last fall, while attending the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) annual conference – and then earlier this year at APTA’s  Business Member Board of Governors Meeting –  I had the opportunity to interact with some of our leading GMs, CEOs, and CIOs to discuss how they were managing everything from public opinion and funding to […]

The Digital Seaport: Transforming an ancient economic hub without disrupting the lives of its workers

aerial view of a seaport

Today’s ports are struggling to manage the massive volume of containers arriving on giant vessels.  Industry leaders are looking for new ideas to cope, but it’s hard to find answers that satisfy everyone. The roots of the problem are multifold. Most obvious is the logjam that’s created when a modern ship laden with tens of […]

How digital twin and analytics are shaping aircraft MRO

digital twin jet engines

Commercial air travel is safer than ever, according to a recent study published in Transportation Science. Data compiled by MIT professor Arnold Barnett shows that in 2017 only eight of more than 4 billion boarding air passengers around the world died in air accidents.  The risk of death for boarding passengers fell by more than […]

3 ways for public transit systems to get the most out of EAM systems

public transit system bus interior

Except in developing countries where public transit systems are often totally new infrastructures built from scratch, most rail, metro and bus systems around the world are many decades old. Some even date back to the early 20th century and utilize antiquated, paper-based technology. Enterprise asset management (EAM) systems offer public transit organizations a way to […]

The value of AI-driven data in the travel industry ecosystem will rise in 2020

travel industry landscape

Whether or not air and rail companies have ever thought of the data they collect as an “ecosystem,” they have long shared data — from security information to passenger itinerary data — with affiliated travel authorities and companies to smooth the traveler experience and improve the ability of the workforce to respond. In the coming […]

A unified way to share logistics data

unified data puzzle metaphor

The transport and logistics industry has been experiencing tremendous growth with the evolution of services such as Alibaba and Amazon. However, there’s one major challenge to the smooth delivery of online orders: retailers and manufacturers use different data formats for issuing and tracking order shipments. In the absence of universal agreements for identity and access […]

Renovating an airport? 5 reasons you’ll need a technology plan

airport under construction

Experts predict air travel will grow steadily over the next two decades. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports that the number of passengers boarding planes is expected to increase from 880.5 million in 2018 to 1.3 billion by 2039. Airports are responding with massive construction programs and new processing technologies to help them handle more […]

How electric trains will transform the rail industry

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Rail carriers are finding that the combination of electric trains coupled with computer-based transportation management systems can help them run more trains, handle increased ridership and reduce their annual power bill – sometimes to the tune of 6 percent annually. According to Patrick Mazza, coauthor of the book Solutionary Rail (2016), electricity serves nearly 25 […]

How trains are going digital

high speed train

Rail systems are finally making the digital transformation everybody’s been talking about for several years. In the United Kingdom, for example, the Thameslink now runs 24 trains an hour – an increase of 50 percent in its capacity compared to years past. Making this possible took a lot of work on the back-end. Rail carriers […]