Eight Trends Affecting Transportation TechnologyThe transportation industry is at an important era in history. Companies must become more agile and work smarter in order to be competitive. With fuel costs rising, consumers becoming more savvy, industry consolidation and airlines continuing to recover from post-9/11, how can technology help the travel industry work smarter and still provide the level of service its customers want?
Consumers Taking More Control
The Rise of the Low-Cost Carrier
Outsourcing to reduce costs
Security – Less but More
We all like the feeling of knowing that our travel is secure – but when will security go from being merely physical to intelligent IT activities? Airport officials at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel , needed a solution to reduce passenger wait time for security clearance. EDS implemented an innovative biometric system that automated the process for low-risk, frequent travelers and freed up resources to focus on higher-risk travelers. The system utilizes smart card technology or a scan of the traveler's hand and/or retina photography to make a positive match. Once a traveler has been identified, he or she is free to clear through into the secured area thus cutting transit time from hours to minutes.
As the business landscape in the travel industry continues to change, mergers and acquisitions are quickly becoming an everyday occurrence across the entire transportation space. EDS utilizes application modernization and rationalization to ensure that merging companies' IT solutions are compatible and complementary to allow for a smooth IT transition.
Cargo and Port Security
U.S. Homeland Security officials have warned that the
next terrorist attack could be launched through the
country's cargo and port systems. EDS' Next Generation
solution allows officials to track what's being sent,
who the shipper and receiver are, where it's going
and how it got there. In addition to the port system,
tags can help monitor freight trucks as they carry
cargo across state lines.