It is a rare day that you won't take some form of transportation
A bus, train or car to work. A bike to school. A plane for a business trip. And even if you don't leave your home, your life is still influenced by the transportation industry: virtually every tangible good — food, clothing, medicine, vehicles, computers — has been transported into your world from somewhere else.
Transportation — the movement of people and goods from point A to point B — is the life force of our economy. Cities could not exist if we didn't have transportation systems to move people and goods in, out and around them. It has been a leading driver behind globalisation: shrinking distances, seeding the emergence of entire new economies and improving the quality of life for millions of people.
Yet many of our transportation systems are inadequate to serve the needs of the 21st century. By integrating technology and intelligence into the physical transportation infrastructure, we can improve capacity, enhance the traveller experience and make our transportation systems more efficient, safe, and secure.
City in Motion – a UK perspective
Congestion charging, electric vehicles, traffic management and improved bus and train services are all changing the face of transport - but how do we continue leveraging these new advances with fewer resources and a growing city population?
Congestion charging, electric vehicles, traffic management and improved bus and train services are all changing the face of transport - but how do we continueleveraging these new advances with fewer resources and a growing city population?
Flying through check-in with Ryanair
To reduce the costs associated with airport check-in, IBM worked with Ryanair to introduce one of the world's first implementations of Chip and PIN enabled airport kiosks.
IBM Smarter Trends
This new resource shares content on key issues such as: transport, energy, water and city development.
The need for progress is clear.
Traffic congestion costs the European Union over 1% of GDP, or over 100 billion Euros per year.
60% of consumer sentiment around the U.S. air travel industry is negative, and there are 19% fewer brand-loyal travellers in 2008 than 2006 - a recipe for commodisation.
U.S. road traffic congestion in 2007 wasted 2.8 billion gallons of fuel and 4.2 billion hours. Total cost of wasted fuel and time was $87.2 billion.
The opportunity is here.
A european city reduced traffic by up to 18%, and Increased use of public transit by 80,000 passangers per day. Citizens voted to support the project.
A European airport reduced mishandled baggage by 60% using an innovative RFID-based solution.
One ton of rail freight can be moved 423 miles using one gallon of fuel. A single freight train can replace 280 trucks, reducing fuel use, congestion and emmisions.
How IBM can help
Red Funnel: Enhancing customer service with Twittering ferries: