Whitepaper: Simplify data analytics for city fleet management

10 July 2017  •  Author(s): Advantech Europe BV

Data analytics and machine learning are jolting fleet management into the next gear. Take city buses, which changed little for decades. Then the IoT came along and, suddenly, fuel efficiency, routing, and driver behaviour could all be optimised in real time.

“Could” is the key word. A city bus—sprinkled with sensors and cameras—can produce as much as 10 MB of data per mile. It’s not viable to send all this data to the cloud. Instead, on-board computers must analyse vehicle performance, driver behaviour, and road conditions.

Next, the on-board computer must send a summary of the data to the cloud. There, big data analytics can obtain deeper insights on maintenance needs, passenger boarding patterns, and other factors.

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