How Does IoT Improve the Transportation Industry?

Is there an industry more impacted by the rise of IoT connectivity than Transportation? Well, we suppose the same could be said for many industries at this time. But we would certainly be remiss to leave IoT off the short list for “most impacted.” 

As we see connectivity enabled by disparate types of transportation around the globe, companies vie for greater efficiency and differentiation to better define their niche and ability to scale through improved service and lower cost to their customers. 

Transportation Connectivity Changes Everything

With the advent of IoT, our very perception of mobility is changing before our eyes. With the ability to track the internal temperature of a truck’s load, location of an entire mobile fleet or any passenger vehicle, we have taken giant steps forward. But such strides are only the beginning.  

Maybe even more startling, IoT is now impacting everything from route optimization to GNSS-enabled smart public transportation, self-driving options and crash avoidance.  

Transportation and technology concept. ITS (Intelligent Transport Systems). Mobility as a service. Telematics.

The Importance of Antennas in the Transportation Industry

At its most foundational level, the transportation industry relies on antenna systems for any radio communication platform. What most do not realize is that this is one of the most critical and least understood parts of the transportation ecosystem. Antenna systems serve as the interface between the radio system and the external environment. And currently, rapidly evolving wireless communication solutions require antennas both at the transmitter and at the receiver so they may function optimally.

One of the most quickly changing industries on the planet, today’s transportation communications solutions require antennas with extremely efficient patterning for both mass transit systems and railway networks.

Even for standard antennas that depend upon line-of-sight (LOS) communications, physical obstructions present problems even in circumstances where antennas are directionally more powerful. Add in weather conditions to the fold, there are many obstacles that can cause signal reflectivity and multi-path distortions. Modern transit antennas receive reflected signals from multiple angles, multiple times, but some can compromise reliable communications. At the end of the day, finding the right equipment for the right solution is paramount.

This is why it is so important to the transportation industry that today’s antenna technologies are built to significantly boost coverage and speed at which data is transmitted, whether on a LTE network, 5G, Wi-Fi or GPS/GNSS network.

High Powered User Equipment for the Transportation Industry

Whether you over see a fleet of First Responder units, utility fleet or mass transit vehicles, success hinges on reliable connectivity. High Powered User Equipment (HPUE) combines the efficacy of aftermarket smart antennas with embedded modems to greatly enhance signal strength to promote connectivity, even in the most prohibitive environments. So, whether you’re concerned with keeping your transportation assets connected within dense urban environs or remote areas far outside of the city (affected by woods, mountains, extreme weather, etc.).

The addition of HPUE to situations where transportation connectivity is important, these are just some of the benefits:

• Maximum allowable transmit power (Power Class 1)

• Innovative design eliminates cable loss, increasing transmit power to   the antenna

• Rugged design effective in extreme environments

• Optional Wi-Fi and GNSS antennas

• Extends coverage in typical low signal environments

AirgainConnect AC-HPUE Antenna Modem with Waves in Background

AirgainConnect® AC-HPUE™

Antenna Solutions for the Transportation Industry

How Asset Trackers Enhance the Transportation Industry

Asset Trackers have the ability to monitor location, motion, temperature, humidity, light, door open/close, and more. The transportation industry benefits from the incredible information obtained by tracking remote and mobile assets with a range of location services including GPS and cellular/Wi-Fi triangulation. Trackers even afford transportation logistics and operations leaders the ability to identify tilts, drops or opens in real-time.

Asset Trackers are leveraged throughout the transportations industry for real-time tracking to reduce theft, provide necessary security enhancements and even deliver maintenance alerts across global fleets. As the capabilities and use cases of asset trackers evolves, so too do the potential applications for their deployment.

Asset Tracking Solutions for the Transportation Industry

Airgain Is Paving the Road Ahead

Whether you seek to save cost, become more efficient or even create new transportation opportunities, Airgain’s ability to connect and gather data can help your organization built a company for today and tomorrow.  

We can help you create, build, engage, activate, deploy and govern every asset of your transportation – regardless of device type, operator, or geography – with ease and accuracy. This means you can take advantage of chances to expand, transform and right-size to scale. 

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