Traffic Congestion Solutions
Mary Gorczynski 1100006B54 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  smarter-railroads asset-management maximo smarter-rail eam tivoli smarter-traffic smarter-transportation ibmontwitter service-management smarter-planet
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Have you seen this commercial:
Talk about a topic that most of us can relate to! How much time dto you spend sitting in traffic a day? Does your city offer public transportation but you love the freedom of having your car at work too much to try it? If that's the case then you will love how IBM addresses smarter traffic as highlighted in the Stockholm solution.
Another way that cities are addressing traffic congestion is with rail systems. The good news with this approach is that in addition to solving the congestion problem, you can also decrease energy utilization and emissions. Solving 3 major issues with 1 solution.........nice!
Starting down this path can be daunting as you think about the quantity of assets to be managed in a rail system. From the rolling stock to the track, to the signals, to the tunnels and stations, etc. And it only takes 1 asset within the list to malfunction and cause your train to be late.
So where do you start? How do you implement a rail system in your city or improve an existing system to increase adoption, safety, punctuality, convenience, etc? IBM Maximo Asset Management is at the core of smarter railroads and has helped cities across the world to address these challenges.
Of the many leading railroads that have come to IBM for help with mission-critical projects, 2 recent case studies really jump out at me........
The first, Guangzhou Metro in China, was concerned about maximizing asset life in addition to rider safety and convenience. As they grow to service 4 million riders per day, they are very focused on predictive maintenance to ensure a smooth, safe and reliable experience for their riders. Focusing on monitoring assets at every stage of their lifecycle in order to maximize their lifespan ensures the optimal return on investment in addition to helping to promote the adoption of public transportation. Download the story here.
The second case study is really about speed........try 190 miles per hour kind of speed! Now that would reduce my commute time! The daunting numbers for Taiwan High Speed Rail (THSR) include 50 tunnels and long stretches of raised viaducts distributed over 214 miles of track, some of it passing through earthquake-prone areas, over 320,000 asset elements with daily volumes of over 90,000 passenger trips growing to 145,000 trips by 2033. You'll want to read this story to see how intelligent asset management enables THSR to maintain a 99.15% record of punctuality rate to within 6 seconds of schedule. I bet if your city's rail system could say that it was on time 99% of the time everyone would use it! Download the story here.
In addition to IBM Maximo Asset Management being at the core of smarter railroads, it also plays a key role in the Asset Optimization capability for the new IBM Travel and Transportation Framework that was announced on May 3rd, 2010. Read more here.
It's good to know that if cities are serious about solving traffic congestion, there are proven solutions available through IBM.