Dealing with Demand: How These 8 Ports & Rail Yards are Cracking Congestion

The days of limitation are over. You can order almost anything and have it in your hand the next day if you so desire. Coincidentally, the removal of limitation provokes an increase in wants. Consumers are more demanding than ever before as we all fight for the newest goods. But what happens when demand becomes so high that we don’t have the infrastructure to support it?
If you look at Ports and Railroads today, increased demand and shipping volumes are taking a toll that on our economy is clear. From fees and embargoes to expansion projects, transportation managers are racing to develop and improve. The revitalization of shipping operations in anticipation for continuously rising demands is happening now.

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Uber: Traffic Congestion’s Cure or Epidemic?

Since launching in 2010, Uber has grown into a transportation giant, claiming over 50% of the ride-hauling market. The popularity of Uber stems from the convenience and affordability of their rides. Exact cost is calculated based on weather, demand and other unpredictable factors. Uber has long claimed that it can help reduce traffic by getting people into shared rides and eliminating circling in search of parking, but does it actually?

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2018: A SaaS Society

We are coming into an age where not everything is tangible. More and more people are choosing a service rather than purchasing a product up front. Companies such as Freshbooks offer an accounting platform as a service as an alternative to paying outright for licensing. The tech and service worlds are colliding as more of these companies are appearing. Intellectual property is being created everywhere. This is a very different time from when our grandparents, or even parents, were our age. Today, there are so many tools, resources at our fingertips; and we may not be able to touch them all physically. This brings us to SaaS.

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Localization and Tracking Vehicles: GPS vs. Bluetooth Beacon vs. RFID

1 or 2? 2 or 1? We are a part of a society that is constantly bench marking, one against the other. Which is better? Most accurate? Cost Effective? User friendly? After all of the pro/con lists, we are supposed to come to a decision and choose one that is “better” than that of the other(s) for our purpose. We have done just this in choosing the best technology to use in our sensors. This brings us to the big question of GPS (Global Positioning System), BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) for data collection?

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A New Era: Prescriptive Analytics

As technology develops, we are expected to leverage it to its every capability. We are expected to search harder, dig deeper, and do more with the information that we [do not] have. Organizations are expected to read their customers, and determine what they are going to do, before they do it.

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Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Ports Industry?

First introduced in the financial services sector, blockchain has come a long way. Many believe that blockchain could change the world. With the ability to store documents, digital currency, contracts, and more all in a safe space, blockchain is the future. Every action is documented and accessible to the parties involved, all in real time. Some ports, among other sectors are looking into implementing blockchain in hopes of financial gain in the long run. The use of blockchain in ports is just the beginning.

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Calming the Traffic on your Neighborhood Streets

In the last decade, when looking for housing, many people have participated in the “suburban sprawl.” They are willing to go further and further away from where they work in order to pay less to live. They spend hours of their day commuting back and forth in traffic. They are constantly looking for new shortcuts, a faster time, another way to make the drive seem shorter.  Read More

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Efficiency at Ports

Don’t go empty handed, take the fastest route and turn off the light when you leave the room. These are the instructions that we grew up with to teach us to be efficient and not waste; time, money or a trip. We now take these lessons and can use them in ports, at borders, on the road, you name it.

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Load up your car

There is nothing worse than having to travel during rush hour! Traveling during these times is chaotic and unpredictable. There have been attempts to determine the best possible solution to rush hour traffic with no clear answer. Cities have a potential solution to traffic, that is, congestion pricing through toll pricing or putting in High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes. Read More

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What does it take to be a “Smart City?”

We live in a world where everything is said to be smart. We have “smartphones,” “smart watches” and “smart cars.” The obvious next step in the evolution of smart is a“Smart City.” We define them as “smart” because of what is behind them, the technology behind them that connects everything. People, sensors, the internet.

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