Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Come see the best of ITS at the ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo, May 3-5 in Houston!

·         New speakers just added! Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at U.S. DOT, Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee join an impressive group at the podium.
·         Browse nearly 150 booths led by ITS industry experts in the 150,000 square-foot exhibit hall.
·         Catch a high-tech demo between sessions. We’ll have an 18-wheel truck rollover response - complete with police helicopter, fire and rescue and live video, and a Bus Rapid Transit demo featuring a “lane assist” guidance system.


1) Device Spurs Questions in Polish Crash
Plane was equipped with a Terrain Awareness and Warning System.
Link to article in USA Today:

2) Lights, Cameras, Airports
A behind the scenes look at the filming of Up in the Air.
Link to article in Airport Improvement:

3) Articles in Future Airport
 -  Eye Spy – An increasing number of airports are adopting biometric security techniques.
 -  A Critical Approach – A look at the new centralized IT and telecommunications infrastructure at Athens Airport
 -  Future ATC – A supplement on how the latest ATC technologies make for a more efficient industry


4) April Issue of Florida DOT’s SunGuide Disseminator Online
Link to newsletter:


5) Florida Stimulus Spending: DVDs, Buses and More
Portion of federal dollars used for video promoting state’s ‘scenic highways.’
Link to commentary and video on WOKV Radio:


6) Amtrak Uses AAAE’s Passenger Advisory System to Communicate Security and Border-Crossing Information to Passengers
Link to article on AviationNews:


7) New Washington State Freeway Signs Will Razzle, Dazzle, and Save You Time
Link to story and video on KOMO-TV:

8) UK Motoring Group Calls for Road Signs to Have Bigger Lettering for Older Drivers
Link to article in the Telegraph:


9) US Senators Look to Amsterdam for Airport Explosives-Detection Technology
Link to article in Federal Computer Week:


10) Los Angeles Metro Talks Transit Safety with Students from the Braille Institute
Link to article and video in The Source:


11) Escape the Jam
Real-time traffic information may soon help South African drivers.
Link to article on TechCentral:


12) Surfing the Web in the Car
Link to article in Forbes:

13) BlackBerrys and iPhones Want to Cozy Up to Cars
Link to article in The New York Times:

14) Chip Maker Touts Automotive Safety Record
Link to article from Automotive News:

News Releases

Upcoming Events
International Conference on Safety and Mobility of Vulnerable Road Users: Pedestrians, Motorcyclists, and Bicyclists – May 30-June 2 – Jerusalem

Today in Transportation History    
1910 **100th anniversary** The Sperry Gyroscope Company was incorporated.  It eventually became part of today’s Unisys.

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