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On Track Rail News - July 11, 2008
From On Track Rail News, a Teradata in-house publication produced by Lori Roets

The Extraboard - An EDW Viewpoint - July 25, 2008
by Lori Roets

The next generation of technology now being applied to railroads brings with it a raft of data. For example, in the case of train handling data – such as throttle position, speed, dynamic braking, fuel level, etc. – readings are taken once per second. The sheer volume of data is staggering. And so is the analytical potential. The question becomes how to we best make sense of these large masses of data from RFID sensors, defect detectors, refrigerated car condition reportings, train handling reports and more. Given the magnitude of data, how can it be stored cost effectively to provide the most atomic level of data possible for research and analysis without costing companies a fortune to store? How can these masses of data be integrated with other key data stores to allow analysis previously impossible? As data collection technology matures, so too much data storage. A fraction of the cost of a few years ago, storage mechanisms will have to continue to advance in order to keep up with the boom in data-rich techologies. Both will be critical to the continued growth of integrated data in a company’s EDW as well as the advancement of business intelligence.