Shift5 Team

May 21, 2021

Episode 19 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 19: Cyber Hardening is the process of securing a system by reducing its vulnerabilities. In general, cyber professionals who harden systems try to reduce the attack surface by reducing the functions and features of a system to the essentials. Cyber hardening has a long history in the information […]

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Shift5 Team

May 14, 2021

Episode 18 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 18: Department of Defense weapon systems have many costs contributing to their sustainment, with maintenance comprising a major portion of total ownership cost. On one side, maintenance leads to inflated costs and removes vehicles from operations unnecessarily; while on the other side of the spectrum, scaling down maintenance […]

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Shift5 Team

May 7, 2021

Episode 17 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 17: Critical infrastructure like water plants, power plants, and sewage treatment facilities have become increasingly digital over the past few decades. These changes have seen analog systems replaced with digital components, so that operation of these facilities requires little human intervention. Remote access technologies allow third parties to […]

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Shift5 Team

April 30, 2021

Episode 16 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 16: A hacker is a person who uses technical skills to overcome a challenge or a problem. Typically the term is used to describe someone working within a computerized system, but the hacker mentality can be very useful in other contexts. By breaking down problems into component parts, […]

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Shift5 Team

April 23, 2021

Episode 15 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 15: As we’ve discussed on this podcast numerous times, technology has accreted into our daily lives in profound ways. First, manufacturers infused previously analog devices with digital components. Then we started connecting them to the internet. Computer systems are all around us — in cars, locomotives, aircraft, ships, […]

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Shift5 Team

April 16, 2021

Episode 14 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 14: Cars may not have keyboards and login screens, but they are crammed full of computers. These computers are responsible for an increasing number of critical functions in the car. There are even autonomous vehicles that require no human supervision. Because cars now run complicated software and contain […]

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Shift5 Team

April 9, 2021

Episode 13 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 13: The agricultural industry has been experiencing a quiet digital revolution. Previously analog, manual processes are becoming fully automated. Data scientists are plying their craft to millenia-old agricultural problems. Manufacturers are cramming farm equipment with digital components. Cows are getting connected to the internet. This dizzying shift in […]

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Shift5 Team

April 9, 2021

Shift5 Hosted on Railway Age Podcast In this Railway Age podcast, CEO and Co-founder Josh Lospinoso and President, Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder Michael Weigand discuss our applications for freight and passenger rail in the areas of mechanical reliability and cybersecurity with MidRail LLC Chairman Gil Lamphere and Railway Age Editor-in-Chief William C. Vantuono. U.S. railways are turning […]

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Shift5 Team

April 2, 2021

Episode 12 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 12: Electronics are all around us. From the computers and cell phones that we rely on for work, school, and pleasure, or in the aircraft, locomotives, and vehicles that get people and goods where they need to go, electronics are there storing and manipulating data, sensing, and operating […]

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Shift5 Team

March 26, 2021

Episode 11 of Planes, Trains, & Tanks! Episode 11: As we’ve discussed many times on this show, fleet assets like locomotives, aircraft, and maritime vessels generate massive volumes of data thanks to their copious digital components. Collecting this data allows fleet owners to solve a wide range of problems, from seeking out efficiency gains to improving […]

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