Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, May 30, 2007 -- ISSN 1529-1057


Pre-Registration Ends Tomorrow for ITS America’s Annual Meeting & Exposition

From an exhibit hall packed with products and services ready to take on any transportation challenge to the outdoor VII Technology Showcase that is demonstrating nearly a dozen applications - and from Networking Events designed to help you meet industry experts to Forum Showcases offering specialized sessions on major industry topics - ITS America’s 2007 Annual Meeting & Exposition can help you achieve all your business and professional development goals in one place. Join us from June 4-6 in Palm Springs for those highlights plus a U.S. DOT executive session, nearly 60 educational sessions, the industry’s premier awards ceremony, an opening session featuring Caltrans Director Will Kempton and Cyren Call Chairman Morgan O’Brien, and much more!

It’s not too late to make your plans to attend! Pre-registration ends on May 31. For more information or to register online, visit
http://www.itsa.org/annualmeeting.html.


1) Back-to-Back Disasters Show Cell Gaps
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/wireless/phones/2007-05-27-cellphone-gaps-disasters_N.htm

2) Cell Phones to Warn of Earthquakes in Japan
Link to IDG News Service story:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9021878&intsrc=news_ts_head

3) Google Gets Out on the Street with Its Mapping Software
Street View feature gives Google Maps users a road-level look at cities.
Link to IDG News story:
http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9021739

4) PASS Border Card Won’t Jeopardize Privacy: US National Institute of Standards and Technology
Link to story in Washington Technology:
http://www.washingtontechnology.com/online/1_1/30766-1.html

5) Cars of the Future Talk Back
Link to story in Cosmos:
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/node/1354

6) West Virginia Puts Brakes on Car Guide
President of West Virginia Auto and Truck Dealers Association complained and called it a "venomous attack."
Link to story in the Charleston Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.com/story/News/2007053056/State-puts-brakes-on-car-guide/

7) Newspaper Publisher Arrested for Refusing to Leave Airport Authority Meeting
Link to story in The Times-News:
http://www.thetimesnews.com/onset?id=2579&template=article.html

8) Mapping the Underworld: Testing GPS and GSM in Urban Canyons
Link to story in GPS World:
http://sc.gpsworld.com/gpssc/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=408366

9) Gas Stations Turn to LED Signs
Updating fuel prices faster, safer with electronic signs.
Link to story in The Daily Times:
http://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070530/NEWS01/705300334/1002

10) Cameras Everywhere, Even in Online Maps
Link to CNET News story:
http://news.com.com/Cameras+everywhere%2C+even+in+online+maps/2100-1038_3-6187556.html?tag=nefd.top

11) Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band
Link to opinion and order from the Federal Communications Commission:
http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-07-102A1.pdf


News Releases

1) Taking It to the Streets: UCLA Scientists Seek to Turn Cars Into a Mobile Communications Network
http://www.newsroom.ucla.edu/page.asp?RelNum=7926


Upcoming Events
Contactless Cards – June 25-26 – London
http://www.smi-online.co.uk/events/overview.asp?is=8&ref=2535


Today in Transportation History
1911 – The first Indianapolis 500 is held.
http://www2.indystar.com/library/factfiles/sports/autoracing/indy500.html

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