IT’S IMPOSSIBLE not to think big when discussing global mobility and logistics. In 2013 within the OECD group of countries alone, some 3.5 billion terrestrial (road and rail) tonmiles
were generated; 3.9 billion vehicle miles were traveled and, to support this, almost 8 million tons of fuel (gasoline and diesel) were delivered.
These figures will only continue to grow as the world’s population increases and the inhabitants of rising economies come to expect the standards of living, mobility and goods, already enjoyed in developed countries. Transportation therefore needs to be monitored and managed effectively if sustainability and quality of life are to be maintained.
At the same time, the digital age has given rise to some truly mind-boggling statistics. The world currently produces 2.5 exabytes of electronic data per day; 90 per cent of the world’s electronic data has been produced in the last two years alone – a statement that will remain true on an ongoing basis, as the number of data sources and the huge volumes of information they generate continue to grow.
Effective management of all aspects of society, including transportation, will rely heavily upon the ability to drill down into the huge amounts of data that result from modern life and technology, and to extract meaningful information which supports successful actions. This has given rise in recent years to the concept of ‘Big Data’…