Monday, April 2, 2007

Monday, April 2, 2007


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, April 2, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057


GLOBAL BORDER SECURITY CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION
MAY 8-10, 2007, SAN ANTONIO, TX

This three-day international conference and two-day exhibition will focus on cross border cargo transport and security, immigration issues and drug cartel containment.

Over 100 exhibitors and 1000 buyers from 10 countries are expected.

DON’T DELAY – To exhibit or attend, please contact George DeBakey, Harry Carter, or Peter Cappiello at 301-493-5500 or visit
www.globalbordersecurity.com for more information.


1) Hurricane Evacuation Plan Ready for South Carolina Coast
Link to story in The Sun News:
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/mld/myrtlebeachonline/news/local/17006575.htm

2) Computer Lane
It isn't speed but the growing number of accessories and amusements that are fast driving us to distraction.
Link to story in The San Diego Union-Tribune:
http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20070401-9999-lz1c01cars.html

3) For Toll Booth Cheats, the Jig is Up
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2007-04-01-toll-scofflaws_N.htm

4) Thames Becomes a Giant Wi-Fi Hotspot
Network has a voice channel, and is also being used for the GPS tracking of river traffic and wireless closed-circuit TV surveillance.
Link to ZDNet Asia story:
http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/communications/0,39044192,62001267,00.htm
Link to news release from Thames Online:
http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=164673

5) Tech Professor Helps Guide Drivers
Link to story in The News Star:
http://www.thenewsstar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2007703300308

6) New Mexico Traveler Information Site’s Problems Might Have Been Deliberate
Link to story in The Santa Fe New Mexican:
http://www.freenewmexican.com/news/59526.html

7) First Responders: Much Work Remains to Improve Communications Interoperability
Link to US Government Accountability Office report:
http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d07301.pdf

8) Pennsylvania Emergency Radio System Slow to Connect
Link to story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/search/s_500578.html

9) New York City Police Test Technology to Safeguard City From Nuclear Attacks
NYPD will employ a new technology in the subway system designed to detect the harmful radiation present in nuclear weapons.
Link to story in The New York Sun:
http://www.nysun.com/article/51636

10) Motorists to Get Free Traffic Report on Malaysian Highway Authority Expressways from September
Link to Bernama story:
http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/state_news/news.php?id=254615&cat=ct

11) Predicting Highway Crashes
A new traffic model pinpoints where and when accidents happen, flagging particularly dangerous stretches of highway.
Link to article in Technology Review:
http://www.technologyreview.com/Infotech/18466/

12) Pennsylvania DOT Benchmarks GPS
A much-watched airport access road project provides a golden opportunity to examine the technology in action.
Link to story in Constructioneer:
http://www.acppubs.com/article/CA6426764.html

13) Turn On to Highway Message Boards
Link to story in The Washington Examiner:
http://www.examiner.com/a-651469~Turn_on_to_highway_message_boards.html

14) Viet Nam Television to Launch Show on Traffic Safety
Link to Vietnam News Agency story:
http://vietnamnews.vnagency.com.vn/showarticle.php?num=08SOC020407

15) Report on 2nd Workshop with Emergency Call Service Providers
Link to story from ERTICO:
http://www.ertico.com/en/news_and_events/ertico_newsroom/2nd_workshop_with_emergency_call_service_providers.htm

16) March Issue of IEEE ITS Society Newsletter Online
Link to newsletter:
http://www.its.washington.edu/itsc/v9n1.pdf


News Releases

1) ITS Virginia Exposition Highlights Growing Role of Intelligent Transportation Systems
http://www.itsva.org/resources/files/2007_ITSVA_Conference_News_Release.pdf

2) Washington State DOT to Send E-mail Updates About Whatcom County Highway Projects
http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2007/03/30_whatcomcountyemailupdates.htm


Upcoming Events
Navigation Europe 2007 – June 6-7 – Amsterdam
http://www.telematicsupdate.com/naveurope2007/


Today in Transportation History
1987 **20th anniversary** - The US Congress allows states to increase speed limits from 55 mph to 65 mph. This repealed a 1974 law.
http://www.autolife.umd.umich.edu/Environment/E_Overview/55mph_SpeedLimit.htm

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