Following is a guest post from Keith Dierkx:
Today President Obama called for a plan to put high-speed rail into major markets in the U.S. This is a good idea for a lot of reasons — ease of commuting, reduction of pollution, taking traffic off the roads. American cities are facing major congestion problems and rail is one of the answers.
The tough news, as I mention in a new report we released today from the IBM Institute of Business Value, is that increasing demand on rail systems in the U.S. will dramatically strain our existing rail infrastructure. The key for solving these problems, however, lies in emerging technologies to help rail companies better instrument, analyze and manage rail networks and equipment in real-time.
We’ve already started to build these smart rail systems across the U.S., Asia-Pacific and Europe. The video below, which has been shared on this blog already, shares a few of those projects.
Please take a look at the report and let us know what you think.
Keith Dierkx is a transportation, freight and rail specialist at IBM. He can be found on LinkedIn.