The last several years have seen a shift from batch updates to real-time information flow, with continuous streams of small messages being sent to any number of applications and users. At the same time advances in mobile apps and web visualization technologies are enabling the presentation of real-time information in increasingly dynamic, intuitive and interactive ways. There have been few examples of the pieces coming together as well as Travic, an app that displays the current location of every train or bus in metropolitan areas around the world.
As I’ve written about previously, making real-time transit system data available is the low hanging fruit of the Internet of Things. It’s cheap and easy to put a GPS device on a bus or train, and many of our customers already use Solace to publish streaming transit or logistics data to the Internet, live apps and downstream systems that need to use, analyze or archive it.… Read the rest