Intelligent Transportation Ecosystem

IoT, ITS, and the Talksum Ecosystem

We want self-driving smart cars!

Dale Russell, CTO, Talksum, San Jose


We’ve been hearing a lot about of Internet of Things (IoT) for the last decade. IoT is coming, IoT is here, IoT and Big Data…


Many of the people talking about IoT are from the computer industry. They’re selling us on a new market valued around $1.7 Trillion in 2020. While convincing us to invest in the IoT sector they will then point to a repackaging of a computer or data center solution. You can buy several brands of set top-media players listed as an IoT device. Upon further inspection they’re a small computer with a HDMI connector and a wireless network card connecting to a web service. Smart watches are but Bluetooth devices for your smart phone; a computer accessory. We have gone from Internet Hosting, Web Services, Cloud Services, and now IoT by  just a release of smaller computers and distributed web services?


That’s beginning to change and the consumers will be driving the market so to speak. We want self-driving smart cars! Automobile manufactures old and new are all working on developing self-driving modules, most governments want Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), and we as the consumer want gadgets!


What gadget is cooler than self-driving cars?


The consumer’s desire is to also bring infotainment and entertainment, social groups, smart devices, as well as personal data contracts and other services along for the ride. When you combine all the wants of the consumer we have the beginning of the Digital Transportation Eratm. We want self driving cars, traffic re-routing for first responders, reduced traffic congestion, quieter roads, and cleaner air. With all of these wonderful goals the automobile has become the consumers’ mobile data center bringing all of the same security concerns as an internet data center and many more. Automobile manufacturers, government and regulatory bodies, insurance and telematics services, and internet media providers all bring their own protocols into this new mobile data center. The new Smart Car will need to be considered part of the larger ITS and IoT clouds.

Intelligent Transportation Ecosystem

To meet the challenges of the Digital Transportation Eratm the vehicle needs to be an integral part of these new ecosystems. The Intelligent Transportation Systems will include new networks, data management, and new standards and protocols such as: Vehicle to Vehicle (V2V), Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I), Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT), and many yet to be legislated. These signals must be introduced in a manner that ensures validity and security to protect against DDoS attacks against these public networks. The introduction of Internet Services, Fleet Management, Insurance, and Telematics into this mobile data cloud also requires that firewalls and gateways are needed to ensure that the automobile is securely protected.


Automobiles already generate large streams of data from in-vehicle busses measured in gigabytes an hour. The additional radios, GPS, mobile carriers, infotainment systems, and self-driving systems will make data management and security to this new mobile cloud platform a must.


Some of the Challenges:


  • Cybersecurity Protection from DDoS, Man in the Middle, and other Internet Attacks
  • Real-time Validation and Insights from these Data Streams
  • Normalization of Standards and Protocols (CAN, LIN, I2C, WAVE, OpenXC, ASN.1…)
  • Extensible Design for Future Standards and Protocols (NHTSA)
  • Regulation Compliance


At Talksum we deliver a real-time scalable ecosystem that answers these concerns. Talksum is a Data Routing Engine that is deliverable as a Data Center solution, as a Virtual Router for Cloud deployment, as well as Embedded on select ARM, AARCH64, and customers’ boards. The Talksum product family provides a scalable and holistic ecosystem from the Dashboard to the Data Center.


We will be presenting this spring and summer at several conferences where will be discussing the Talksum Ecosystem. Until then follow this blog as next we will discuss the overlaps of the above networks and ecosystem requirements.

How the TDSR Can Help the Feds Save up to $32.5 Billion Annually

Barry Strauss, Talksum Head of MarketingBarry Strauss, Head of Marketing, Talksum

In a new MeriTalk report entitled “The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center,” Federal field workers and data center leads stressed the need for instant information access to do their jobs while at the same time pointing out the negative affects of downtime on both productivity and the bottom line.

The report stated that real-time access could save the federal government $32.5 billion annually. The feds field workers noted that real-time information access saves them an average of 17 hours per week, or 816 hours per year, and multiplied by the number of field workers in the U.S. government, this translates into about $32.5 billion in annual productivity savings.

Talksum Can Help the Feds Save Up to $32.5 Billion AnnuallyIn the last month, however, respondents noted that 70 percent of agencies have experienced downtime of 30 minutes or more. According to the report, 90 percent of the respondents said downtime affects their ability to do their job, and 42 percent said they couldn’t support their agency’s core mission. In fact, less than one-fifth of Federal IT professionals are fully confident in their agency’s ability to meet up-time and fail-over requirements.

In addition, 80 percent of Federal IT professionals cite data center reliability as a top priority for their agency.

The real-time Talksum Data Stream Router, or TDSR, has been built with this in mind. Talksum takes a highly efficient approach to data processing, management, and analytics for secure data center solutions. The TDSR improves data acquisition and transformation, converts data into flexibly managed event streams, and provides actionable data and reduced reporting latency of critical events to seconds – perfect for any data center and data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system.

The TDSR processes, manages, and contextually routes millions of events per section to power real-time monitoring and alerts, preventing downtime, while also freeing up storage through its data reduction technology. The TDSR can instantly send alerts for memory errors, queries, non-normal activities, SLA blips, electrical capacity, unauthorized login attempts, system statistics, and a host of other types of alerts, custom-tailored per agency requirements.

The hardware-based, highly configurable TDSR, can be easily deployed for highly specialized solutions without the need for specialized coding, and includes the foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control.

The Talksum solution offers security controls that span firewalls, intrusion detection systems, anti-virus and anti-malware systems, network devices, server hosts, applications, physical systems, and more to eliminate the problems before they happen.

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How Big Data Solutions Help Cyber Security at Reduced Costs

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

In a recent Beacon Report entitled Balancing the Cyber Big Data Equation, it was pointed out that Big Data is showing great promise on many fronts, including combat against fraud, waste, and abuse; improvement to our nation’s health; and capabilities to support cyber missions.Talksum Solutions Help Cyber Security

In addition, according to a webinar last summer entitled “Smarter Uncle Sam: The Big Data Forecast,” panelists identified what they felt were the top three priorities for government focus – enhanced cyber security, combining structured and semi-structured data, and using video/data visualization. In this blog, we’ll take a look at their top-most priority – cyber security and how Big Data can benefit.

According to the government-focused webinar panelists, a few – among many – applications where Big Data helped cyber security, included:

  • Postal Services: Uses Big Data today for the indicia – the postage block located in the upper right-hand corner of mail packages – to detect fraud. The Post Office loses millions of dollars of revenue because of criminals who are duplicating indicia marks on packages.
  • International Attacks: Uses Big Data to formulate bubble maps showing attacks from different nations. In the example given at the webinar, Big Data had been used to create a visual map that showed attacks from nations within a 20-minute time period. By marrying Big Data to visualization, a panelist noted that the agency could “see” who was attacking the most frequently in near real time.
  • Air Traffic: Uses Big Data to look at the routes airlines use and the density caused by the number of flights occupying the air space and other data that includes cyber security information. Officials can use this information to increase the efficiency and safety of airports.

In the Beacon Report, it was noted that Big Data and cyber security, together, “have the potential to fundamentally reinvent broken and siloed Federal information technology (IT).”  The report goes on to emphasize that there is tremendous value in the data currently segregated across the Federal government, but that agencies lack both infrastructure and policy to enable correlation, dissemination, and protection.

The good news today is that a solution does exist. The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) was built for this – fixing broken and siloed information coming from multiple sources and in disparate file structures while enforcing strict cyber protection and detection capabilities. The TDSR ingests disparate data, aggregates, filters, data reduces (and eliminates data not of use or that grows stale at the collection point), and intelligently routes pertinent information down stream only to the designated recipients who have the need-to-know for their specific applications. In addition, since the TDSR works via machine-to-machine without personally identifiable information (PII), there is never a breach in personal identity. The solution allows for enhanced data and information sharing over a secure network.

In regard to challenges related to outputs from different agencies and vendors, the TDSR ingests any type of information and normalizes it so that the information “talks” the same language, creating a holistic approach that hinges on commonality at the receiving sources, which may include different BI and analytical tools, databases, and other storage devices. The system can immediately implement policy changes as they arise.

Furthermore, the Talksum solution is a fraction of the cost of comparable systems and its simplicity reduces the need for manpower and server requirements – from thousands of servers to two.

In this age of severe budget cuts, the TDSR solution allows agencies to take full advantage of both Big Data opportunities and the management of cyber threats.

The new approach taken by Talksum, in summary, offers government agencies a different way to provide for real-time, actionable insights and at the same time perform cyber security functions while reducing costs and the need for expensive servers and manpower.