The “Internet of Things” – it’s everywhere right now!
The “Internet of Things” or IoT, for short, refers to the next evolution of the internet when everyday objects are networked to the web and each other. Smart watches, connected cars, appliances, houses, and more – very soon every physical thing will be accessible through the internet.
In government, the uses are also equally infinite - from monitoring the building energy use (currently happening over at the General Services Administration) to tracking vehicle locations and maneuvers (being explored by the DoD).
According to the McKinsey Global Institute, roads are the world’s top infrastructure segment in terms of investment. Here in the U.S. increasing traffic and an aging infrastructure is making it more important than ever to build new or rehabilitate existing transportation systems. These projects are becoming increasingly larger and complex, yet funding levels have continued to drop and traditional design methods aren’t cutting it anymore.
When you're responsible for managing transportation infrastructure, field personnel and vehicles, having up-to-date information about locations and status is mission critical. To optimize resource coordination, central operations must be able to pinpoint infrastructure, assets, and employees. And communication channels must be strong to keep field workers and headquarters staff on the same page.
Here’s just a few ways that transportation agencies are using Google Solutions:
If you’re a surveyor, engineer, infrastructure designer, or transportation official and are in the North Carolina area you might want to check out this one-of-a-kind all day educational event and workshop hosted at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) in Raleigh on December 18.
6 Free Autodesk University On-Demand Classes for Govies
Can’t make it to Autodesk University (AU) this year? Anyone can join the AU community for free and enjoy on-demand classes from your desktop. Here are a few we’ve narrowed down that are specifically for and about the public sector.
CAD News for Govies is a weekly feature on Acronym that scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a regular source of CAD and GIS news, information and ideas that impact the public sector.
Here’s the latest round-up:
SimCity with Real Data: Modeling Real Cities in 3D in a Web Environment