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The world runs on software. Everyone from nimble startups, to large manufacturing companies, to government agencies rely on it. AI is making it easier than ever to quickly and effectively develop software, but only if you know how to harness this immense power.

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AI Applications in Transportation

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have far surpassed the science fiction stories of decades past. As panic over the robots coming for our jobs subsides, it has become increasingly clear that AI and ML developments are perfectly positioned to help humans do their jobs better, not replace us...

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ITS America Digital Infrastructure Strategy Report

In September 2023, ITS America and Cambridge Consultants put out a comprehensive report titled: “Digital Infrastructure Strategy Report: Shaping the future of transportation in the United States.” The role of technology in transportation – such as AI, IoT, 5G and blockchain – has grown exponentially, and rapidly – and offers...

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Evolution of freight: 10 things to know

We watched Anne Strauss-Weider’s presentation at the Transportation Research Board 2022 Annual Meeting titled “Evolving with Rapidly Shifting Supply Chains and Freight Systems: The Past, the Present, and the Emerging Future.” Anne so seamlessly connects the dots on how freight has evolved over time, and we have summarized it for...

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When government builds software

This week at Beacon, we listened to the podcast: This Is What Happens When Governments Build Software on Bloomberg Odd Lots. We found it relevant to many of our conversations and have summarized it for your digestion. In the episode, Bloomberg talks with Jennifer Pahlka, founder and former executive director...

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Agile Software in a Hardware World

Government agencies are often responsible for massive projects and public safety — literally people’s lives are on the line. As a result, adherence to strict guidelines and a well-defined plan is often the norm, for good reason. In working with those in transportation, this is definitely the case. Most of...

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Agile v. Waterfall

In software development, two popular methodologies have emerged over the years: Agile and Waterfall. Each approach has its own set of strengths and weaknesses, and understanding how they apply to the unique requirements of a project is crucial. In this blog post, we will delve into the key differences between...

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