Smart transport systems can bring about many positive benefits at both societal and individual levels. As an integral part of Smart City initiatives they can enhance mobility by reducing congestion and improve air quality by cutting emissions. They also deliver a better user experience for both public and private transport users by making possible faster, safer and more relaxing journeys.
Electronics plays a key part in smart transport solutions, not least through the blossoming area of telematics, a broad and multidisciplinary field encompassing telecommunications, information processing and much more. Practical end applications include intelligent control systems for improving vehicle safety and reliability, better navigational aids, optimised traffic flow regulation and improved commercial vehicle tracking and fleet management. This leads to quicker and shorter journeys, lower fuel usage and reduced driver fatigue.
Supplementing existing IT and communication infrastructures with a growing network of distributed environmental sensors and intelligent cloud-based monitoring and control, integrated transport systems can deliver improved travel efficiencies and, through better reliability and service integration, encourage higher usage of public transport, helping reduce congestion and pollution.
TDI offers first-hand experience in key aspects of telematics, including the application of GPS and wireless connectivity, interfacing of intelligent environmental sensors and the development of hardware and software for high-performance, efficient real-time control and monitoring systems.