Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Transportation Communications Newsletter



Wednesday, May 20, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

With TIC, you can let your imagination flow, so let us ITS America

Did you know that TIC is not just for traffic? For example, did you know that some customers uses TIC for radio program associated data (PAD) such as song title, artist photo, and schedules, for broadcasting over FM radio data service (RDS) and digital audio broadcast (DAB)? And there's much more.

With the new TIC architecture, you can let your imagination flow, so why not let us know your ideas, requirements, and even your problems, at ITS America.  TIC is a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) platform solution proven in over 100 projects operating worldwide, and can be deployed faster, more affordably, and with less risk than build-your-own solutions.

See TIC at GEWI booth #329 at ITS America or contact to discuss your requirements.





1) Airline Mechanics Who Can’t Read English

Link to story and video on WFAA-TV:


2) FAA to Hold First-Ever International Runway Safety Summit

Link to story on AviationNews:




3) Illinois Lawmakers Reject Speed Cams in School, Hospital Zones

Link to story in the Daily Herald:




4) Google Threatened with Sanctions Over Photo Mapping Service in Germany

Link to story in The New York Times:




5) Ohio Democrats Restrict Open Internet Auctions for Construction Projects

Link to story in The Plain Dealer:




6) States Roll Out Plans for ‘Smarter’ Roads

Link to story on Stateline:


7) Span of Control

A new generation of ‘smart’ bridges use electronic sensors to warn of impending danger.

Link to story in The Economist:




8) Officials Draft Changes to Bush-Era Mandate on ID Cards

Link to story from CongressDaily:


9) New Database Created with Thousands of Emergency Shelters Nationwide

Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:,0,4925727.story




10) Vehicle Telematics Concept Benefits Responders, Victims

Link to story in Occupational Health & Safety:




11) Popular Smart Card Can be Hacked, Researchers Show

Link to story in Government Technology:


12) Campaign Urges Commuters to Send Postcards in Support of Public Transport

Link to story in The New Zealand Herald:




13) With Holiday Ahead, Massachusetts Turnpike Announces Traffic Info Upgrade

Link to story in The Boston Globe:

Link to Mass Turnpike traffic cameras:


14) Praise Washington State DOT for Alerting Drivers to Bridge Closure

Link to commentary in the Issaquah Press:



News Releases

1) Waze Announces Driver-Generated Live Map Platform; Launches Private Alpha for Mobile Application

2) BART Unveils New Web Site to Keep Riders, Public Informed on Labor Negotiations

3) Live Video from Florida Traffic Cameras to Gain Wider Audience with TrafficLand

4) OnStar Creates Injury Severity Prediction to Improve Automatic Crash Response

5) Tennessee DOT Now Using Twitter to Provide Information About Delays on Roadways



Upcoming Events

ACI-NA Public Safety & Security Fall Conference – August 24-27 – Arlington, Virginia



Today in Transportation History

1939 **70th anniversary** - Regular trans-Atlantic air service began with a Pan American flight from Port Washington, New York to Europe.



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