Friday, August 6, 2010

Friday, August 6, 2010

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, August 6, 2010 – ISSN 1529-1057

Bernie's Notes

Sometimes when traveling I've made it a point to meet TCN readers. It's a great opportunity to not only meet face-to-face, but to learn a bit about you and your company. Just last week I had great meetings with several TCN readers in Vermont and New Hampshire. That's caused me to think that I'm overlooking the chance to meet TCN readers in my own backyard; the New Jersey, New York City area. If you're either in this area or expect to be visiting and would like to get together, please drop me a note at


1) Air Traffic Technologies Get Boost from US Senate Appropriators

Link to article on Nextgov:

2) A Year After Fatal Collision, Critics Say Not Enough Being Done to Make Northern New Jersey Skies Safer

Critics say not enough being done to improve communications and better track aircraft.

Link to article in The Record:

3) Airservices Australia Unveils Major Air Navigation Upgrade Program

Link to article in LogisticsWeek:

4) iPad, Lower Prices May Increase Wi-Fi Usage on Planes

Link to article from The Online Reporter:

5) National Institute for Aviation Research Launches Aging Aircraft Maintenance Web Site

Link to article on AVweb:

6) Next Generation Air Transportation System: FAA and NASA Have Improved Human Factors Research Coordination, but Stronger Leadership Needed

Link to GAO report:


7) Apple Introduces Us to the Smart Bike

Link to blog on Patently Apple:


8) Maryland to Create Statewide Database for License Plate Readers

Link to article in Government Technology:


9) Florida to Employees: Keep that Tweet (and Status Update, IM, SMS, etc.)

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:


10) Iowa Photo Shoot to Accent Transport Options

Pictures will contrast the amount of space needed to transport the same number of people by car, bus or bicycle.

Link to article in The Des Moines Register:


11) Wisconsin Releases Previously Lost Train Records

Link to AP article:

12) Eurostar Offers Redesigned Web Site

Link to article in The New York Times:


13) Warning Over 'Steal a Road Cone' Day in New Zealand

Link to ONE News story:


14) Bus Cameras Show Fatal Injury from New Angle

Link to article from the Connecticut Law Tribune:


15) Georgia DOT Takes Traffic Light Timing Regional

Coordination will attempt to circumvent challenges of multiple jurisdictions.

Link to article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:


16) Street Smarts

Driverless cars may be closer than you think but there are some issues to overcome.

Link to blog in The New York Times:

17) IntelliDrive System Engineering User Needs Workshops

Link to further information from the Research and Innovative Technology Administration:

News Releases

1) DC Metro Invites Software Developers to Discuss New Transit Data Feed

2) 'Smart Intersection' Introduced for Improved Safety and Mobility of Owosso, Michigan's Surface Transportation System

3) Heading to Orange Beach or Gulf Shores, Alabama? Drop Off Cell Phones at the Beach Express (BEX) and Help Soldiers Call Home

4) UK Hauliers Sign Up to Improved Free-to-Use Web Site for Abnormal Loads

Job Postings

- Economist – Research and Innovative Technology Administration – Cambridge, Massachusetts

Upcoming Events

Telematics Japan 2010 – October 13-14 – Tokyo

Friday Bonus

How Gulliver's skateboard might have looked to the Lilliputians.

Today in Transportation History

1945 **65th anniversary** The Enola Gay dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.


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