Saying time is money is almost a cliché. But when it comes to companies in the transportation industry, it's literally a fact. Either you deliver on time, and keep growing your business, or you're left in the slow lane.
Although the transportation industry—in some senses—has stayed the same for almost 100 years , in other senses it's been completely redefined and reinvented. Almost every transportation company today is heavily relying on IT and network communication and GPS tracking to ensure that they know where the goods and vehicles are at all times, that goods arrive faster and safer than ever.
Smoothly running fleet management systems, goods tracking systems, transportation hubs and video surveillance has become almost as important as the trucks, trains and airplanes.
For any IT or network administrator within the transportation industry, the key challenge is to ensure that all these systems are available and secured at all times. Even a few hours of downtime can cause critical disturbances to the business. At the same time, costs need to be managed and administration of hundreds or even thousands of devices needs to be streamlined.
In summary, these are major threats and challenges for transportation companies.
Internet and network access must be redundant and reliable at all locations
Servers and applications must be accessible from anywhere, at all times
Networks must be well segmented to avoid critical functions being affected by viruses, worms and nonproductive internet usage
Centralized administration of all services and functions is absolutely critical due to the nature of great geographical distribution
Cloud technologies must be integrated into the business without compromising security or lead to spiraling administration costs
Cost effective broadband services must be introduced to partly or entirely replace leased lines and satellite technologies