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Fog Computing and Your Telematics Platform

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Sep 29, 2016 4:30:00 AM

The Internet of Things is rapidly changing how we compute data, and your telematics platform should be part of the revolution.

The volume of information produced and sent over the Internet is exponentially rising, but the cloud’s capacity tofog-1220491_640.jpg quickly process and analyze data is not. Experts say that 2016 will mark the rise of fog computing as the solution because it works by way of apps within the devices rather than up in the cloud.

So, this type of processing solves the struggle for bandwidth — by processing down where we are in what has been named “the fog.” 

The need for fog computing grows

With more objects in our environment becoming “smart,” with the ability to connect to the internet, the amount of data being generated is outpacing 3G and 4G networks’ capabilities to process it. From smart trucks to the latest smart refrigerator, the IoT is demanding a new kind of infrastructure.

The big issue is that getting data in and out of the cloud relies on bandwidth. Mobile apps have become the solution — for smart phones and other devices — because they handle some of the data and processing power themselves.

And slow bandwidth is something just about any business that sends data to mobile devices struggles with. In fact, the World Economic Forum found that the U.S. ranks 35th in the world in terms of bandwidth per user.

Could fog computing help telematics?

The term fog (or edge) computing is fairly new, but it solves the key struggle that the demand for growing connectivity creates — not enough bandwidth and a need for speed.

Because it address these issues, fog computing through a telematics platform allows for better overall remote management. Logistics and supply chain companies, for example, may find that it saves them money and time, and that it opens up new opportunity beyond their cloud-hosting application. It can also make the workplace safer — since fog computing allows for quicker data analyzation — so you can identify a hazardous situation in real time, where it is happening.

The benefit to your telematics platform

Fog computing can improve your telematics platform’s performance in a number of ways.

1) Efficiency

Often, the sooner data can be analyzed after collection, the better. Fog computing facilitates the quick analyzation of data, improving efficiency.

2) Agility

If you look to data for quick insight to make split-second decisions, time matters. Managers can be proactive rather than reactive.

3) Security

Security with fog computing is greater, since you can catch a data breach faster when analysis occurs near the source. You don’t lose precious time while data is transferred to a centralized data center.

4) Safety and production optimization

Fog computing devices capture streaming data from your fleet, which can be used to prevent repair issues, improve warehouse safety by rerouting traffic, optimize production, and prevent product defects.

Some telematics platforms, like TotalTrax’s SX/VX, offer an easy and valuable solution — revolutionizing the way you process data.

Fog computing will be the next big step in telematics — after the cloud — allowing platforms to analyze data close to its source. Managers can then respond faster, improve efficiency, and address bandwidth frustrations through faster data-processing capabilities, thus achieving greater ROI.

Topics: telematics platform, The cloud, Cloud security, analyzation of data, fog computing, telmatics ecosystem

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