Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Transportation Communications Newsletter
Tuesday, August 19, 2008 -- ISSN 1529-1057
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1) Detroit Area Airports First in Nation to be Designated ‘StormReady’ by National Weather Service
Link to story in the Detroit Free Press:
2) Ad Removed at Minneapolis Airport at Airline’s Request
Anti-nuclear billboard deemed too political.
Link to AP story:
3) Utah DOT to Gauge Tolls Electronically
Drivers would be charged more at high-traffic times.
Link to story in the Deseret News:
GPS / NAVIGATION
4) Real-Time Traffic Gets Traction in Australian Personal Navigation Device Market
Link to story in GPS Business News:
5) Garmin Gets in the Social-Networking Groove
A partnership with Where.com means that owners of select Garmin navigators can use the devices to find lower gas prices and tell their Facebook friends where they are.Link to CNET News story:
6) 3D Technology to Guard Ports, Harbors
Link to story in The Age:
Link to news release from the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation:
7) Security System to be Tested at North Carolina Ferry Dock
Vehicles boarding ferry will be x-rayed.
Link to story in the Havelock News:
Link to additional information about Z Backscatter technology:
8) Answers from Tom Vanderbilt, Author of ‘Traffic’
Link to Q&A in The New York Times:
SAFETY / SECURITY
9) Federal Court: Passengers Can Challenge No-Fly List
Link to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:
10) Machines to Scan Faces of Travelers at UK Airports
Link to Press Association story:
11) Texas First Responders Finalize Plans for Public Safety Communications
Link to story in the Austin Business Journal:
12) Gag Order Against MIT Students Dissolved by Judge
Three are freed to publicly discuss security flaws they found in MBTA's systems.
Link to story in Computerworld:
13) Not So Smart Cards Easily Hacked
Link to story in The Christian Science Monitor:
14) San Francisco Bay Area Transit Agencies Start Idea-Swap Forum
Link to story in the San Francisco Business Times:
TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT
15) Traffic Surveillance: Big Brother is Watching You in Bangalore
Link to story in The Times of India:
16) Czech Drivers Testing RDS-TMC Information System
Link to story and audio report on Radio Prague:
17) Public Needs Better Access to Traffic Information
Link to column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
18) Effectiveness of Car-Safety Technology Tested
Link to Media General News Service story:
1) Predictive Traffic Information to Revolutionize Navigation and Trip Planning
2) Iteris Selected by LACMTA for Transit Signal Priority Systems Contract Valued at Just Under $8.0 Million
3) Pennsylvania DOT Launches Keystone Line Web Site
Traffic Control, WiMAX Communication Systems & Traveler Information for Public Transport & Freight Logistics Conference – September 11 – Reading, UK
Today in Transportation History
1812 – The USS Constitution defeated the British frigate HMS Guerrière during the War of 1812.
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