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Why They Work at Shift5

Today, Shift5 is charting a path to empower owners and operators with observability into their onboard data to answer questions about the operational and cybersecurity health of their fleet assets. Today, Fivers work at Shift5 for several reasons: cutting edge impact, meaningful impact, sense of purpose, the people Shift5's vision to build a safer, more stable world is happening every single day. Each Fiver contributes to making this vision a reality, and it begins with building an observability platform that enables operators with their OT data.

The chilling uncertainty of "Leave the World Behind," the Netflix smash hit where a seemingly idyllic family vacation unravels amidst the shadows of an unknown crisis, has left many of us wondering, "How far from fiction is this?"

Shift5 has been named a 2023 Tech 100 Honoree by Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the trade association representing the National Capital Region's technology community. Shift5’s Chief Growth Officer and Co-Founder Michael Weigand has been named a 2023 Cyber50 Executive by NVTC.

This year at the Railway Interchange Conference, the transformative role of technology, the importance of safety, and regulatory compliance challenges facing rail operators underpinned discussions. As the rail industry stands on the cusp of significant technological change, these discussions were more relevant and timely than ever.

In particular, the integration of AI, the emphasis on sustainability, and the dynamics of collaboration were among the many topics that captured attention. With the industry poised for growth and innovation, understanding these themes is crucial for rail professionals.

The Aviation ISAC Summit gathers experts dedicated to enhancing aviation security. This year in Dublin, specialists added their real-world experiences and challenges to a collective conversation to enrich industry-wide understanding of a modern, cyber-secure aviation ecosystem. Read on for key takeaways from the summit that provide a framework for enhancing aviation cybersecurity strategies and solutions.

What is Observability?

Observability refers to the ability to derive real-time, context-rich insights from refined onboard data to enable not just a more comprehensive understanding of the state of a system—or system of systems—but ultimately to enable smarter, faster decisions and actions.

It unlocks a new level of decision-making by providing a clear understanding of what’s happening on a vehicle holistically, the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

With observability, operators and maintainers can see and understand exactly what’s going on within a platform’s onboard systems and components collectively at the moment the issue manifests.

Today we’re introducing the Shift5 Predictive Maintenance Module, a new and powerful enabler of better data-driven predictive maintenance outcomes. The Shift5 platform captures and analyzes data from data onboard critical transportation and defense assets. The platform provides real-time insights that enable effective prediction and maintenance scheduling, helping avoid critical failures and optimizing fleet availability.

This year's APTA Public Transit Conference brought together industry leaders, policy influencers, and technology experts to discuss these emerging trends and pressing issues. The conference covered a broad spectrum of topics, from the financial underpinnings of the industry to the latest regulatory updates, providing a comprehensive understanding of the current state of public transit and offering a glimpse into its future direction.

Cyber Senate’s 3rd Annual Rail Cybersecurity USA Conference brought together industry leaders, cybersecurity experts, and rail operators to address this pressing concern at a critical time. Cyber threats increasingly target OT systems today, creating risks beyond interrupting the smooth operation of rail services to ones that can directly impact public safety.