How golf buggies are driving U-blox and Accenture’s IoT pursuit

6 Jul 2016

An interesting partnership between U-blox and Accenture is looking to develop internet of things (IoT) technologies into the aerospace and defence industry.

Calling it a “new outdoor asset management concept”, the duo of U-blox and Accenture will track vehicles at the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) and provide data on their findings.

The ultimate aim is to proof a way to monitor where vehicles, or devices, are at all times with an easy-to-use interface.

By putting sensors onto 60 vehicles – with golf buggies to the fore – the project will see data sent to Accenture’s software every 30 seconds, providing real-time analytics and producing resultant information to be studied after the event.

U-blox Accenture IoT

U-blox hopes this will “bring to life” an untapped environment for smart devices. Noting the potential in the aerospace and defence industry, the company wants to improve the real-time management of materials, tooling, equipment, workforce and aircrafts moving regularly between indoor locations and vast outdoor spaces.

Looking at zoning, locations, vehicular use, live tracking and distance measurement, Farnborough officials noted the difficulty in locating all their golf buggies and courtesy cars at all times helped instigate this project.

“With a clippable mapping capability on the application and aggregated insights delivering a view of how vehicles are operating throughout the event, this demonstration will allow the FIA organisers to know where all their vehicles are, all the time,” said Phil Vann, MD of Accenture Mobility.

“This collaboration with Accenture illustrates how communications and positioning technologies can drive fundamental change in the industry,” said Tony Milbourn, VP of corporate strategy at U-blox.

“Here, we’re able to apply our deep experience in these core technologies to show how we can solve real business challenges, not only in the aerospace and defence industry, but across any other industry that relies on tight control of moving assets.”

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Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic