More and more, industries have been adopting robust systems powered by internet of things devices and processes, delving deeper into the universe of data and potential these technological resources may offer. The purpose of this series is to widen the spectrum of possibilities of how these technologies can be used in a variety of industries but with a strong denominator: LTE direct. As we have previously stated in other posts, Compass.to has used LTE Direct in a number of occasions, understanding in detail the use, possibilities and challenges this technology offers.
Our objective lies in the intersection of a robust technology and the practical use of it in the real world. And an important key player comes into mind, the mobile device. Smartphone usage has increased exponentially in the last 12 months, expecting to grow even more in the next year. That said, it is important to understand how to build upon these existing devices and make proximity technologies as useful as they can be, thanks to LTE Direct and how it allows device to device communication, even without Internet available.
Transportation: Proximal Mobility
Transportation has become a living, breathing organism for cities. It even helps the city portray a certain style to those who visit, making an impact of how transportation influences its citizens’ behavior. For instance, large delivery companies and enterprises (UPS, FEDEX) could equip vehicles with an LTE direct powered beacon that automatically retrieves the driver’s manifest and parcel delivery plan from a cloud-based system planning system into a proximity-based delivery app while loading maps from a provider like Google.
Yes, you can even save some money while you’re at it
New York city is commonly known for being a traffic-heavy city, with an overwhelming number of trucks and commercial vehicles populating the streets. A very usual thing that occurs are double parking tickets. Due to limited parking and inefficient time management, parcel delivery trucks are continually ticketed, resulting in thousands of dollars spent on these tickets. Now imagine making S&H hubs LTE Direct powered, think of all the money that could be saved just by implementing a few lines of code in your applications. For example, they would automatically send and receive information based on proximity every time a truck is scheduled for a pickup. Packages could be instantly gathered up and ready to be scanned, while minimum waiting times could make trucks deliver more efficiently, thus, collaborating with a traffic-friendly city – and reducing collateral costs such as parking tickets.
Making ‘efficient’ a given
The capabilities offered by this technology can be numerous. Most importantly, they can be automated in asynchronous ways, providing top-notch efficiency. For the consumer product, apps could automatically be set to identify the user’s presence when near a car in addition to identifying if s/he is accompanied by another user. This way it could arrange specific car settings and manage multiple data sources according to the users interests.
If you want to know more about LTE Direct, proximity technology and the things we’re building, stay tuned with our blog and also, give Compass.to a spin to get first-hand experience on our consumer tech proximity app.