Sending Our Probes Around: The Intelligent Transport System

As we already wrote, IT is all about data. Mining data is like to extract gold with the difference that data are useful, gold is simply rare.
The whole world is a data mine, not only Internet, books or documents. Please, pay attention about the fact that sources of data and the media used to share information are often mixed up and this is really a great logical pitfall. The data (well collected and artfully analyzed) describe phenomena, any kind of media only shares the information. When the media start creating facts, we became all George Orwell characters.

In order to collect data to make customers life easier and improve safety, one good idea is to use transportation as moving probes. Obviously, the first step is to equip cars, trains, buses and, why not, bikes, with some kind of data collector unit and a small network appliance. Modern cars, in fact, already are equipped with several sensors to feed their internal computer units in order to manage safety equipment and other automotive world aspects. When a car is on a road, it measures external temperature, it knows if it is raining or if the road is icy. The car knows its speed and, if for some reason, ABS, Anti Skid, ESP units are activated, the fact can became really interesting for a control traffic center because if several cars have the same problem in the same road, may be that something interesting is happening.
European HeEro eCall project, starting from 2015, will oblige car makers to install on new brand vehicles an on board unit able to activate
an electronic safety system automatically calling emergency services in case of a serious accident. Even if you are unconscious, the system will inform rescue workers of the crash site’s exact whereabouts, and the rescues will be on its way within minutes. The system, which has been baptised “eCall”, is going to work all over the European Union. (read more here)
In Telecom Italia Tilab,there is a research group that is studying a set of applications/procedures to improve the eCall basic safety features collecting the data using vehicles and their on board sensors as probes and activating some logical inferences in order to offer a better rescue service and a general management of transportation network. The project is called e2Call to evidence that is an eCall system improvement. The project has been presented in 10th ITS European Congress in June 2014, in Helsinki, Finland.


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