Friday, 3 April 2009

IBM and Omron work together on green transportation

IBM is to work with Japanese sensor and control equipment maker OMRON to provide 'smart' transportation solutions that help lower energy use and reduce carbon dioxide emissions in transportation operations.

The collaboration will combine OMRON's sensor technology and experience in traffic control, vehicle weight measurement and distance and loading ratio systems with IBM's calculation technologies in its Virtual Routing Planner and Modal-Shift Transportation Planner offerings. The solutions will help clients choose which types of shipping and transportation to use and the best routes for reducing costs and emissions in delivery. It will help clients address coming regulatory restrictions and penalties for CO2 emissions.

The solutions will initially only be available in Japan, primarily for the manufacturing and transportation industries, but could later be expanded for additional countries and industries.

Transportation and logistics are area of business that are going to be increasingly complex in the future both as the result of fuel costs and emissions and other regulations. IBM, once again, is making its mark. I'm surprised at the 'could be expanded' though, I would have thought it would be an essential part of the collaboration.

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