TMC’s VoIP Developer show was abuzz this morning as Scott McKechnie, Avaya’s director of application enablement services in the converged systems division spoke about the opportunities available o developers in the VoIP market. He mentioned the systems integrator space holds a lot of promise and this is something I hear a great deal.
He gave an amazing example of an application they built for a railroad hauling nuclear waste across the country. At every stop in every small town the police have to block off the railroad tracks to ensure there is no car accident with the trains carrying waste.
Avaya worked with the railroad company and integrated a system that merged the company’s GPS receivers in the trains to a communications system that automatically calls the sheriff in each town ahead of schedule to tell them that they need to protect the railroad crossing. The sheriff’s office has to press a button to signify they understand the message.
In case of derailment, the system launches a conference with the appropriate people, notifies emergency services and does whatever else is needed.
Pretty slick stuff and this all falls into the category of just in time communications.