The Networked Society is changing the way we move through the world. New services are making transport safer, greener and faster. Leading this transformation towards an intelligent transport system are mobile communications and business support solutions that are integrated with the travelers, the goods, the vehicles and the physical transport infrastructures as things get from point A to point B.
Congested roadways, accidents and unsustainable vehicle emissions demand solutions – and intelligent transport systems promise a better way. For businesses and governments, a focus on multi-modality and “door-to-door” thinking that uses a combination of transport modes will be an important strategy. As individuals, we expect services to make our travel experience efficient, safe and pleasant. To minimize the feeling of "lost time," we look to enjoy entertainment and/or work in the same way as we do at home or at the office. Availability of information to plan, book and pay for a trip or to access entertainment or work-related information is a key to user satisfaction.
Most vehicles are driven in a virtual fog, with little or no access to the latest available data. But when vehicles can communicate with other vehicles, transport-related service providers and transportation authorities, the fog lifts. Drivers can join the cloud, gaining infotainment services, vehicle diagnostics or travel planning support. Because when cars, buses and trucks are part of the intelligent transport system, the opportunities for innovation are limitless. New ways to manage traffic. Innovative charging models for parking, road use and rush hour driving. Comprehensive fleet tracking. Alerts about congestion, roadwork and accidents. These are just some benefits already being felt.
Information and convenience empower commuters. Especially those that rely on public transport systems. Tools to plan routes, ubiquitous ticketing options, and real-time insight into delays or road closures can delight commuters. Keeping commuters in the know streamlines public transport systems to help them run more smoothly. Integrated mobile communications also enables a new layer of security, better protecting all stakeholders.
More than 90 percent of global cargo is transported via the world’s oceans. More efficient means of fleet management, and improvements in delivery time management, interactions with and between vessels, issue resolution, information sharing, and energy efficiency can all be realized with connected logistics.
New connections mean new business opportunities to turn a connected customer into a lifetime customer. For car dealerships, insurance companies, repair shops and other third parties, that means maintaining an ongoing relationship with the customer. One that creates an opportunity to deliver value at every turn. This could mean basing insurance rates on driving patterns, delivering customized in-vehicle entertainment or sending alerts and coupons when it’s time for service.
Our global presence and history of technology leadership in mobile communications has enabled us to become a leading innovator in the transport and automotive industry. We’re supporting customers in the automotive and shipping industries, as well as in the transport infrastructure management sector for road and rail. We also support authorities and operators in the public transport domain and we’re providing in-building solutions for the plan and design of radio networks that provide cellular coverage across subways, trains and tunnels.
Our approach to intelligent transport systems aligns with our vision of the Networked Society – a world in which almost everything is connected and data flows freely, ensuring that objects interact in the most optimal way.