Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, June 4, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


1) European Air Traffic System ‘Wastes Cash’
The boss of German airline Lufthansa has said billions of dollars are being wasted because Europe does not have a unified air traffic control system.
Link to BBC News story:

2) Wind Turbines Pose a Threat to Air Traffic Control
Air traffic control expert tells an inquiry that a vital radar would be subject to high levels of interference from proposed wind farm.
Link to story in The Journal:


3) GPS Gadgets Can Reveal More than Your Location
Researchers at Microsoft are developing ways for them to know what you are doing too – even down to which mode of transport you use to get to work.
Link to story in New Scientist:

4) Latest Navigation Technology Promises to Keep You on the Move
Link to story in Automobile Magazine:


5) Guidelines for Accessible Pedestrian Signals: Final Report
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:
Accessible Pedestrian Signals: A Guide to Best Practice


6) New Traffic Signal Timing Manual Now Available
First manual to present a comprehensive guide and synthesis of current practices related to traffic signal timing for signalized intersections.
Link to additional information:


7) US Department of Homeland Security Unveils Foreign-Passenger Screening System
Link to story in Government Computer News:

8) Oklahoma City Rolls Out Largest Municipal Wi-Fi Network for Public Safety
Link to story in Government Technology:

9) Emergency Advertising
Privately-owned digital billboard companies in Florida agree to display information during hurricanes and other natural emergency situations.
Link to story and video report on WTSP-TV:

10) Outdoor Advertisers to Help with Amber Alerts
Link to story and video report on KSL-TV:


11) TriMet Loses Case Over Its Ad Rejection
Link to story in The Oregonian:

News Releases
ACS Completes Acquisition of Transportation Management Systems
2) SpeedInfo Sensors Helps North Carolina Add New Traffic Intelligence to I-95 and I-40 Corridor SmartLink Systems
3) Logica and AirSage Collaborate to Provide New Solution for Real-Time Traffic Information
4) JetBlue Airways Expands Free In-flight Connectivity Services Onboard 'BetaBlue'

- Development and Deployment of Clarus-Enabled Services – Federal Highway Administration

Upcoming Events
Governors Highway Safety Association 2008 Annual Meeting – September 7-10 – Scottsdale, Arizona

Today in Transportation History
1783 **225th anniversary** - The first public demonstration of a hot air balloon by Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in Annonay, France.


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