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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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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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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Speeding: Getting Us Nowhere Fast

Whether we’re rushing to work or soccer practice, we are all familiar with the sense of urgency affiliated with being late. It’s stressful, so we look for any way to ease that, even if we aren’t actually doing anything productive. This includes yelling at our children, sprinting around the house, and speeding to our destination. Each of these things is done out of panic, not logic.

I introduce you to the time old question: IS SPEEDING WORTH IT?

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Ride-sharing: Old Ideas, New Tech

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How many times have you thought “there just aren’t enough hours in the day”? I’m not sure about the average adult, but I promise you the average mother says this approximately 1000 times a week (or at least mine did). Trying to balance children and the rest of your life is no easy feat, so the moms of the world had to innovate. I present you with daycare and pre-made fruit platters. In fact, I propose that mothers created carpooling.

Whether this is true or not, it is highly probable. They needed a simple, collaborative and efficient way to get their children around. There was a network of parents and plenty of minivan seats to go around. Most millennials grew up carpooling with their friends, neighbours or teammates. Now we want to make our mothers proud in the only way we know how… add technology and scale up!

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Uber: A Matter of Convenience?

UberIt has been a busy morning. Coffee in hand, you rush to the door. Your foot catches on the edge of your new couch. The couch that sticks out just a little too far…

Three months ago, you were sure that nothing could be worse than that ratty old couch. It was falling apart and always smelled a little bit like feet, so you jumped at the online sale. The company delivered it to your door and took your old one away. It was an easy solution to a problem that had gone on for way too long. At least that’s what you had thought… until you tripped over it the first time…

Your perfect new couch doesn’t fit in your living room, but it was cheap and convenient so you bought it. That’s human nature. Convenience is a sneaky thing. So frequently, we sacrifice the smarter choice for the sake of making our day a little bit easier. Don’t want to make dinner? Take-out. Don’t feel like going to the gym? Sleep in. Don’t feel like taking the bus? Grab an Uber.

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Bluetooth 5: Demanding a New Era of Traffic Detection

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The world of technology is forever changing. Though few would deny this, many fail to jump on board as the trends fly past them. In any industry, companies who are “set in their ways” risk losing everything in the blink of an eye. To mitigate this, it is important to focus on the future and meet changes with solutions. The introduction of Bluetooth 5 is no exception. Now, all we have to do is catch up…

Evolution of Bluetooth

1998: “Classic” Bluetooth technology was first introduced. The advancement shocked the world by eliminating the need for wires when streaming data between devices. Since its introduction, Classic Bluetooth technology has provided a robust wireless connection between millions of devices, encompassing everything from headsets all the way to navigation systems in cars.

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Costs of Congestion: Economic Effects

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Let’s talk tangibles. So many of the issues in our lives can go unrecognized or unaddressed for ages. The laundry? It can wait until tomorrow. Visiting your in-laws? Next summer. However, there is one thing that almost always gets us moving: money. If you want someone to care about a problem, tell them how much it costs to ignore it!

Traffic congestion affects many different aspects of our day-to-day lives. It harms us and our environment, as mentioned previously, but it is also hurting our wallets. That’s right. We’re talking about real dollars and cents. But don’t take our word for it… Instead, we can direct you to The Economist. After reading through their article entitled “The Cost of Traffic Jams”, it became clear that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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