The adaptation of mobility and Information Technology is changing rapidly in the Indian tech Industry. Read on to know more about the IT is playing a crucial role in the mobility sector…
Generally, travelling customers expect transport to be safe, reliable, comfortable and affordable. It should also provide better access and lower travel and wait time. The reason for digital and IT interventions increasingly being adopted in the mobility sector in India is not just the change in ways commuters move but also the mode on which this transport moves. Airplanes, metro trains, and railway in India are fairly advanced in their use of Information Technology.
Whether you are travelling by ferry to the Kanyakumari on holiday or commuting to work in an electric bus during the peak hour, technology is always at hand for the travelers. Not only can technology forecast weather disturbances or other problems that could ruin your travel, it can also digitally resolve travelling challenges from a remote place. In today’s digital world, technology is changing the way people move, and its intervention in mobility will only increase in the coming years.
Electric chargers can operate at powers of up to 350 kW and in just 8 minutes, ABB’s Terra High Power charger adds up to 200 kilometers of range to an electric vehicle. Digital and IT tools, cloud-based information systems and data analytics will increasingly be used in the transport sector.
Front & Back-end Technology
To increase the reliability of physical transport assets, digitization and IT technology based on a combination of hardware, software and sensors are now being deployed globally.
The recent developments in the auto sector, like the shift from conventional fuel to electric mode of travel, interconnectivity through cloud and IoT (Internet of Things) enabled technology has created platforms in the front-end where customers, besides travelling in a pollution-free mode of transportation, can travel better with charger locations, remote bill payment, and servicing.
At the back-end, technology will be required to support the electricity grid, balancing the volatility of renewable energy and ensuring, through remote maintenance, that there is steady power supply in the city.
For vehicles to reach their destination, charging stations are required to calibrate how much electricity to draw in a given area.
Even though most parts of India still run on conventional rickshaws and bus services, smaller cities are slowly adopting to the latest technology. For instance, Jabalpur is moving to electric rickshaws from diesel ones. E-rickshaws use solar energy to charge batteries and these are powered by solar inverters, which can be remotely managed and monitored through mobile phone applications.
The Road Ahead
If Uber is to launch its air taxi service in seven years and a metro has to run overhead simultaneously with vehicles on road, a lot more technology tools have to be added. Even in the case of railroad transportation, safety, on-time performance, network throughput and asset performance are important. Remote monitoring and diagnostics will be used in railway locomotives as well as for predictive maintenance. GE locomotives being supplied to the Indian Railways are digitally enabled for real-time monitoring from their maintenance facility in Uttar Pradesh.
To conclude, the combination of technologies will enable passenger experience and empower organizations to move fast with changing dynamics of operations.