Like many things in our lives, and as a result of the technological revolution, cities are subject to a constant transformation as they respond to the needs of the citizens who live in them and maintain or increase their sustainability. With the emergence of the IoT (Internet of Things), cities will undergo huge transformations aimed at both solving the problems which, in many cases, are already besetting them – as is the case of pollution – and providing people with more and better services.
Very rarely do leading technology companies and professionals get the chance to see how societal changes impact the core of our business. In this sense, we cannot help but notice how our connectivity paradigms mirror the human sphere of our society. Trends in technology are often influenced by the changes that shape our world and social environment. Here, I would like to take a moment to talk about the late philosopher and sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, who coined the term “liquid modernity” to describe our ever-changing society (characterized by globalization, individualism, and communication and information technologies).
The concept of reactive programming is currently thriving. It consists of dealing with asynchronous data flows called streams. One of the libraries to offer this concept is ReactiveX, which spans multiple programming languages and takes the best ideas from functional programming and the Observer and Iterator patterns.
The goal is to achieve an easily scalable responsive application.
Unsurprisingly, the railway industry also follows the technological advances that are happening today. That is why there are so many conferences, exhibitions and events taking place in the world, in which participants showcase the latest advances and discuss how such advances should be incorporated into the railway sector.
2018 was a critical year in the move towards 5G technology or fifth generation mobile networks. An initial agreement defining a roadmap to develop this technology was published within the 3GPP Alliance in the middle of last year, and there is a second phase to underline certain aspects of the technology planned for the end of 2020.