Internet of things – Car connectivity on a new high

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Smarter devices are assuming a greater role in our daily lives, with product companies adding advanced engineering capabilities and shifting gears to innovate at a faster pace. ‘Internet of Things’, a disruptive transformation that followed the rapid consumerization of smartphones and telecommunication, saw the world moving from connected people to connected ‘things’.

The Internet of things (IoT) trend is rapidly changing the logistics and supply chain considerations across the globe. The success of IoT adoption will relate to how supply chain leaders get access to large volumes of information, processed from all the data elements. With IoT, organizations can be socially aware, and have the opportunity to make efficient decisions that drive overall business growth.

Combining real-time data from connected equipment with environmental data can provide intelligence of higher order to all the stakeholders in the ecosystem. IoT allows the diversity to enhance supply chain solutions by smartly connecting people, processes, things, and data on a common platform. Supply chain and procurement process can move from a reactive mode to a proactive one, by offering information beforehand, in case of any periodic activity or scheduled maintenance.

Not too long ago a car was just a mode of transport. Everything else related to the travel including choosing the route, refuelling, parking and safety rested in the hands of the passenger. The cars of today are equipped with advanced safety and travel assistance capabilities, which started with location based services researched and offered by some of the leading telecommunication service providers in the ’90s. Contemporary car technologies ensure that you are going safely, on the shortest travel route, offering alerts on traffic conditions and keeping passengers entertained through in-vehicle infotainment.

Internet of things has made it possible for car manufacturers to explore in-dash connectivity that promises capabilities to provide real-time updates on parts performance, alerts from smart homes, fuel prices, maintenance alerts, incident data and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Various sensors embedded in the car, which can capture data and transmit the information through a channel of satellite communication, are turning cars into smart cars. With pervasive connectivity mechanisms, these cars interact with enterprise systems with little or no human intervention. These are connected cars, a category of smart things that form the Internet of Things!

The ability of connected cars to sense certain characteristics & behaviour, and send that data over remote connections to the manufacturer or the services company would enable analysis of significant occurrences, such as fuelling efficiency, wear and tear, tyre pressure updates and events related to accidents. Loaded with this information, companies can take relevant actions sooner than later.

Bristlecone worked with a leading automotive manufacturer to enable a set of easy-to-use analytics tools that transform data into valuable insights. Through effective use of IoT enabled deployments, the manufacturer achieved cluster integration, automated service record maintenance, fuel efficiency monitoring, and car sensor integration, capturing data on vehicle performance and user experience. Bristlecone developed IT solutions that enabled data capture through sensors from the connected car providing data on fuelling history, service reminders, and part level notifications.

Bristlecone’s expertise in Mobile enabled technologies and solid integration experience with smaller footprint devices across operating platforms can enable you to connect customers, suppliers, manufacturers, processes and devices real-time, by integrating various elements with your existing IT solutions and business applications.