Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Airport Check-In to be Triggered by Smartphone, Amadeus Predicts

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to news release from Amadeus:


2) SmartBay Will Expand in Newfoundland

Additional buoys and sensors to be installed to enhance marine traffic management in Placentia Bay.

Link to article in The Packet:


3) Four US Senators Target DUI Checkpoint Apps

Link to article in USA Today:

4) WhereIsMyTransport: The Solution to Public Transport Problems?

Link to article on memeburn:

5) Privacy Invades Public Space – The Growing Use of Portable Electronic Technology on Intercity Buses, Trains and Planes Between 2009 and 2010

Link to report from the Chadwick Institute for Metropolitan Development:


6) Sensor Failed to Send Alert of Kentucky-Indiana Bridge Hit

Link to article in the Evansville Courier & Press:

7) Ohio Senate Passes Ban on Highway Signs that Credit Stimulus

Link to AP article:


8) NHTSA Hears Testimony in Favor of Rear Cameras to Prevent Fatal Accidents

Link to article in The Detroit News:

Link to news release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

9) New US-Mexico Border Bridge Gets RFID Entry Lane

Link to article in Government Security News:

Link to news release from US Customs and Border Protection:

10) Sprint App Locks Most Phone Functions When You Drive

Link to blog in USA Today:

11) Comics Get Into Fight Against Texting and Driving

Link to Zits blog:


12) UPS Exec: I Want to Embed Sustainability

Telematics is company's biggest sustainability aide.

Link to blog on SmartPlanet:


13) Wave-and-Pay NFC Credit Cards are Definitely Inbound

Link to article in Fast Company:


14) Electronics Help Stream New York City Bridge and Tunnel Traffic

Link to article in The Epoch Times:

15) 'Intelligent' Traffic System Monitors Garbage Trucks in Pune

Link to article on DNA:


16) Internet Access in the Car: A Wish List Item for the Younger Generation

Link to article in EE Times Europe:

Link to news release from Bitkom: (in German)

17) In-Car Computing: Built-In, Plug-In, or Both?

Link to blog in Wired:

News Releases

1) University of Arizona Testing Smart Traffic System to Reduce First Responder Deaths

2) Audi Names T-Mobile as the Wireless Carrier for Advanced Audi Connect Systems in the US

3) Maryland Transit Administration Rolls Out In Motion Technology onBoard Mobile Gateway

4) IBM Brings Technology Expertise to Australia's First Smart Transport Research Center

5) Houston TranStar Expands Mobile Site to Include West Houston Streets

6) Sacyr to Implement Telvent Technology for Managing the Las Pedrizas Highway in Spain

7) Arizona DOT Has Online Tool to Provide Vehicle Tax Details

8) Sensys Networks Archive and Proxy Server (SNAPS) 2.4 Delivers on Improved User Interface and Enhanced Reporting and Automation

9) US DOT Holds Public Hearing on Proposed Rear-Visibility Rule

10) Ford Teams with AT&T to Wirelessly Connect New Ford Focus Electric

11) City of Stockholm Nominates Five Technologies to Meet Its Need for Intelligent Transport Solutions

12) OnStar Wins Premier Business Award for Customer Service

13) Beat the Traffic Celebrates One Million Mobile App Downloads

14) TeleNav Combines Benefits of Connected and On-Device GPS Navigation

Upcoming Events

Insurance Telematics Europe 2011 – May 4-5 – London

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** The SS Yongala sank off Queensland, Australia during a cyclone. All one hundred twenty-two people aboard died.

2001 **10th anniversary** The Russian space station, Mir, came out of orbit over the Pacific Ocean. (NASA animation of deorbit)


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