Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Wednesday May 6, 2009

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday May 6, 2009 – ISSN 1529-1057

Register Now for IBTTA’s Upcoming Meeting —
Incident Management, Safety and Security, July 19-21, 2009, Denver, CO

Join the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association in Denver, CO to learn about best practices from around the world in Incident Management and Emergency Response. Sessions will explore the most effective tools and communication methods available to promote toll facility safety and security, maintain operations in the face of disruption, and effectively communicate with customers during all phases of an incident – from prevention to recovery. Other topics include crisis management during special events, Post Traumatic Distress Disorder and psychological impacts to employees, the role of engineering and maintenance in prevention and safety, and business continuity during disasters. Visit IBTTA’s web
site to view the preliminary agenda and register today!


1) Audit: US Air Traffic Systems Venerable to Attack
Link to story in The Washington Post:

2) Pilots Group Takes to the Airwaves
Link to story on Politico:

3) A Look at Virgin Atlantic’s Cockpit Technology
Link to video on Gadling:

4) Airlines Use Computers to Get ‘Personal’ with Customers
Link to story and video on KXAS-TV:


5) Does GPS Mean the End of the Road for Street Directories?
Link to story in The Daily Telegraph:,28383,25440716-5007185,00.html


6) US Coast Guard to Harness Ocean Data to Improve Search and Rescue
Link to story in Government Computer News:


7) Latest Edition of Horizons Online
Link to magazine from US DOT’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration:


8) Boston Drivers Click to Fight Potholes
Link to story in Next American City:
Link to SeeClickFix:

9) Driving LED Signage Efficiently
Link to story in ECN:


10) Report: FBI Slow to Update Terror Watch List
Link to AP story:

11) Ensuring Work Zone Safety and Mobility
Link to interview with the Maryland State Highway Administration in the NTOC Newsletter:


12) Mobile Commerce Apps Gaining Ground in US
But near field communications slow to arrive, conference panelists say.
Link to story in Computerworld:


13) Teens and Driving: Ford Gadget Seeks to Curb Teen Speeding, but 80 MPH Limit Draws Criticism
Link to story in the Chicago Tribune:,0,881053.story

14) Car Talk
Could cars talk to each other directly to make the streets safer?
Link to story in Popular Science:

News Releases
FAA Commends ARINC's Performance in Support of Oceanic Flight Communications
2) Operation Lifesaver ‘Shark’ Safety PSAs Will be Featured in Amtrak Stations May 9
3) EASi and NeST Announce Strategic Partnership
4) Icomera Introduces Rugged Wi-Fi Cellular Router for Rail and Road Vehicles

Upcoming Events
APTA Intermodal Operations Planning Workshop – August 3-5 – Salt Lake City, Utah

Today in Transportation History
1909 **100th anniversary** - Loyd Sigmon, the originator of the ‘Sig Alert’ system used for major traffic problems in the Los Angeles area, was born.

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