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Episode 4: Sensor Data Use Cases

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Episode 4: Sensor Data Use Cases
Series: Making Sense of Sensor Data

[00:00:10] So a common theme that people ask us about is use cases.

[00:00:13] It really depends on the company and what they’re trying to solve.

[00:00:16] The question is: what is your goal state what are you seeking? Let’s say that my problem state was I wanted to remove traffic congestion. Theoretically autonomous vehicles could improve transportation reduce emissions, greenhouse gases and all that sort of thing had to work each car will have to understand what’s going on in its environment locally. If I had pedestrians or bicycle riders. A system has to look at that and make a determination about what to do. It has to look and ask other things what’s going on in the area as well as make a determination about what action to take. That’s very complicated. Humans are really good at that sort of thing. And machines generally are really bad at it.

[00:00:55] I’ve had a number conversations with utility companies around the world and a lot of the problems that they’re facing are related to disaster type scenarios. And one of the difficulties they have is being able to find the right person quickly who can fix a particular transformer or a power line that is down for example. So that’s a big problem.

[00:01:17] The relatively new addition of being able to add a cell connection to a watch really changes how you can manage your workforce when they’re in the field. There’s safety use cases here, there’s efficiency use cases. It really opens up the ability to have much more communication and management over a workforce than you would be able to have in the past.

[00:01:42] We provide a sort of backbone services that enable sensor data ingestion understanding intersection identification and an automated response. The use cases are never going to be anticipated by a backend services company. We’re going to draw people to us who say OK now that I understand what you do. This is what I think it will enable. Sometimes they keep a person out of harm’s way. Sometimes they give a person a better deal in a store, sometimes it means that the major failing in a liquid fuels distribution infrastructure gets repaired sooner or catastrophe is avoided. We believe the market is going to identify vastly greater number of use cases than we could ever identify. We’re going to be pulled into a huge range of things.