By H. Kevin Mest
thirdPowerful computing has been around for two decades. However, despite the data indicating the business efficiency, cost-benefit and competitive advantages it has, some are still opposed to adopting it. For example, suppose you are still considering whether to adopt the cloud for your bus operations. In that case, you are already behind 90 percent of all companies, including buses, according to a 451 study. But do not worry. Chances are you already have some technologies that support the cloud, and the rest can be a seamless turnkey solution that will help you drive business efficiency.
Your buses are probably equipped with telematics, which is much more than GPS. With telematics, you can get to know your fleet inside and out to make informed and strategic decisions. You can monitor and manage your buses, identify trends, dig into details and discover hidden costs. However, this data must be found somewhere. Enter the cloud.
With your data in the cloud, you can access all your fleet information without running an expensive server. With many buses producing vast amounts of structured and unstructured data on a daily basis, collectively referred to as Big Data, traditional servers cannot process everything, while the cloud can. Producing valuable insights from Big Data requires cost-effective ways to process information. It is likely that your local storage systems will not be able to keep up with the high volume of data creation in the long run. You can get important insights from your data and make data-driven decisions from routing, riding, test data and more by moving to the cloud. Traditional servers can also overheat, take you offline when systems crash and require a disaster recovery option for your data. But the good news is that moving to the cloud requires minimal effort from your organization.
Once you have identified a cloud host (think Amazon, Google, Microsoft and others), this host will move your server to its own. They are the experts and monitor all the technical and procedural requirements to ensure a successful transfer. In this process, your data is stored and backed up so you do not have to worry about a disaster recovery option when a storm or power outage occurs.
Cloud services can also increase or decrease very easily based on user requirements. For example, when passengers were guessing during a COVID-19 epidemic, leading bus operations in the cloud were able to adapt to new norms much faster and more efficiently than their non-cloud competitors.
And while, technically, your data is stored elsewhere, by leveraging the cloud, you have access to your data 24/7/365 from anywhere you have an internet connection. With many bus operations consisting of a small staff, around-the-clock access is invaluable, especially when a problem arises that requires a timely response. From owner to maintenance to drivers and passengers, the ability to access your systems to know exactly where the bus is, how it works and all other aspects of your business at any given time can alleviate the worries of everyone involved.
In addition to streamlining some of your bus technologies with cloud activation for peace of mind, it can also lead to cost savings. By storing your data, especially those of your telematics provider, in the cloud, you can eliminate the need for your company’s additional IT infrastructure and resources. Cloud hosts plus a leading telematics provider with cloud-based systems provide the necessary hardware and manpower, meaning you save on expenses. But you can also save time because you have freed up your IT team to perform other operational tasks that affect the efficiency and productivity of your fleet. For example, your cloud host will handle the server management tasks, the telematics provider for your cloud leverage can manage your bus data, all of which have been done in the past by you and your staff.
When operating buses combine cloud technology with their telematics-based services, they can share information efficiently, avoid many human errors and speed up the decision-making process. It helps them increase productivity by focusing on important core tasks. In addition, you can maximize the operation time of your operation. Your cloud host will monitor your servers to ensure reliable performance 24/7/365 and your telematics provider that leverages the cloud will do the same for bus data. Any cross-examination of data management will act as an additional failure of information security failure. Maximum operating time means less downtime and the potential for more efficient, productive and efficient fleet operation for you.
God. Kevin Mst He is Senior Vice President of Passenger Services at Zonar. visit www.zonarsystems.com Learn more.