re: Union Pacific Delivers Internet Of Things Reality Check
I love these kinds of stories - taking technology that we work with on a daily basis and doing something "real" with them.
As to the UP issue with battery-powered sensors, aren't the locomotives that they use diesel/electric? You basically have a small power plant up front pulling everything along, why not find a way to use that to power your sensors? Aren't all railcars connected pneumatically to allow for brake control? Seems like it wouldn't take much to plumb another connector along side the brake hoses to allow for electrical distribution.