As Internet of Things (IoT) technology gets faster, sleeker, more cost-effective, and more reliable, it’s becoming an increasingly vital component of daily life. At the same time, IoT technology is also becoming more transparent, which means many people may not be aware of its growing impact. One of the most significant examples of this is how IoT-enabled devices are improving transportation safety. Behind the scenes, pioneering companies like 8 West and Testify are using IoT devices to save lives and help us get to our destinations faster and more comfortably—even if we don’t realize it.
Testify keeps quality control on track
Quality control is indispensable to the industrial and manufacturing sectors, yet as many as 90 percent of companies in these industries still rely on paper checklists and spreadsheets, which are time-consuming and prone to error. Testify is solving this with a digital IoT solution, built on Azure, that streamlines quality-control processes.
Testify is a flexible mobile app that automates manual quality-control tasks. It was originally designed for Bombardier Inc., a train and plane manufacturer, but is now more broadly available. It collects data and tracks issues and can add comments, photos, and videos to avoid miscommunication. It also eases data analysis by integrating with other programs, such as Dynamics and Power BI, and can connect to vehicle systems to interface with them directly.
“Final inspection of a vehicle, including both the inspection itself and any necessary repairs, used to take three days on average,” says Johann Zoppoth, site quality manager at Bombardier Transportation. “With Testify, we are able to save a full day.”
Testify is helping companies across industries with supply-chain management, fire prevention, predictive maintenance, auditing, food safety, and many other needs. Read the full case study here to learn how Testify is transforming quality control.
8 West takes the search out of “search and rescue”
Large boats have long had reliable safety systems in place, but smaller vessels like kayaks and kiteboards often lack them, posing a challenge for the Coast Guard and marine search and rescue agencies that unfortunately results in hundreds of lives lost each year. To prevent this, 8 West developed an Azure-based system called SafeTrx that makes it simple to track and monitor even the smallest boats and vessels.
Users who have downloaded SafeTrx on their smartphones can quickly activate this cloud-based app to alert the rescue coordination center if they run into trouble. SafeTrx will display positional information, details of the vessel, and number of people on board. The app also uses data about the weather and tide level to further coordinate a rescue. Family and friends can even track the position of a SafeTrx-enabled device from afar.
The Royal Netherlands Sea Rescue Institution (KNRM), an early adopter of SafeTrx, said more than 330 assistance calls in 2017 came from app users on small crafts who might not have otherwise had a way to contact a rescue organization.
“We now have over 35,000 registered users in the Netherlands,” said Henk Kok, a consultant at KNRM. “All they have to do is download the app on their phones and register their vessel and personal details.”
8 West is currently testing a new version of SafeTrx also built on Azure called SafeTrx Mariner TS1, a small fob that can be installed on crafts of any size, eliminating the need for a smartphone. Read the full case study here to learn how 8 West is making the seas safer for everyone.