Monday, August 25, 2008

Monday, August 25, 2008


Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, August 25, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057


ITS America Seeks Program Manager for Telecommunications and VII

The Program Manager for Telecommunications and VII is a mid-level position (to be located in Washington, DC), responsible for providing guidance to ITS America’s Board of Directors and senior staff on matters involving telematics, telecommunications, and Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII). VII represents a significant ongoing initiative between Federal and State Departments of Transportation (DOTs), US vehicle manufacturers, and some local road authorities to define and test a secure communications system linking vehicles with each other and with road-side infrastructure to be used primarily for improving the safety and efficiency of the nation’s road transportation system. For a complete job description, visit
http://www.itsa.org/itsa/files/ITSAJobProgram%20ManagerVII.doc.


AVIATION

1) Advertising May Replace Neon Art at Atlanta Airport
Link to story in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/stories/2008/08/24/airport_art_neon.html

2) Aircell Betting In-Flight Internet Will Fly
Link to story on TheStreet:
http://www.thestreet.com/s/aircell-betting-in-flight-internet-will-fly/newsanalysis/transportation/10434436.html

3) University of Malta Avionics Research Impresses American Aerospace Industry
Link to story in the Times of Malta:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20080824/education/university-avionics-research-impresses-american-aerospace-industry

CARTOGRAPHY

4) Google Claims Right to Post Photos from Private Land
Analysis shows more than 100 private roads in Sonoma County, California entered by company’s map team.
Link to story in The Press Democrat:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20080821/NEWS/10644/0/news07

ELECTRONIC TOLLING

5) Newspaper Sellers to Guard Proposed Jakarta Road Pricing System
Link to story in The Jakarta Post:
http://old.thejakartapost.com/detailcity.asp?fileid=20080825.C01&irec=0

6) Playing Tag with the Tolls
What’s the story with electronic toll tags in Ireland?
Link to story in the Irish Times:
http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/pricewatch/2008/0825/1219449637175.html

PEDESTRIANS

7) Textwalkers: Do They Need a Heads-Up?
Link to story in The Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/24/AR2008082402275.html

ROADWAYS

8) Redesigned Raleigh Beltline Signs to Drop 'Inner' and 'Outer'
Link to story in The News & Observer:
http://www.newsobserver.com/front/story/1191403.html

9) Road Signs Can’t Point Out Nebraska Town’s Free Wi-Fi
Link to story in the Omaha World-Herald:
http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10415031
Link to commentary in Computerworld:
http://blogs.computerworld.com/up_ahead_gas_food_wi_fi_why_not

SAFETY / SECURITY

10) US Registry Plan for Foreign Travelers Catches Flak
Link to story in USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/travel/flights/2008-08-24-register_N.htm

11) Caution: Driver May be Surfing the Web
Link to story in The New York Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/technology/24digi.html?_r=1&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

12) US Federal Emergency Management Agency Plans to Inventory Emergency Warning Systems
Link to story in Federal Computer Week:
http://www.fcw.com/online/news/153613-1.html

13) Flood Warning System Unveiled by California Water Agency
Link to story in The Sacramento Bee:
http://www.sacbee.com/101/story/1181032.html

TRANSIT

14) Interview with MIT Subway Hacker Zack Anderson
Link to interview in Popular Mechanics:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/industry/4278892.html

15) Developing a One-Stop Shop for Public/Specialized Transportation Information in Montana
Link to story in Solutions:
http://www.mdt.mt.gov/research/docs/library/news_summer08.pdf

TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT

16) Mississippi DOT: New Technology Will Make Travel Easier and Safer Across State
Link to story and video report on WLBT-TV:
http://www.wlbt.com/Global/story.asp?S=8886278&nav=menu119_2

17) A New York State Thruway Motorist Asks: What Use is a Warning that Can’t be Heard?
Link to column in the Times Union:
http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=714935&category=REGION


News Releases
1)
Michigan DOT Says: ‘Rumble Strips Save Lives’ with Safety Video
2) Fuel Prices, Movie Times and Live Traffic Alerts Among New Features Now Available on Your Wireless Phone with AAA Mobile


Upcoming Events
2008 IEEE International Conference on Vehicular Electronics and Safety (ICVES'08) – September 22-24 – Columbus, Ohio
http://www.ece.osu.edu/ICVES08


Today in Transportation History
1768 **240th anniversary** -- Captain James Cook departed England on his first voyage.
http://demonstrations.wolfram.com/CaptainCooksVoyages/

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