Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, August 19, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

Countdown to IBTTA’s 79th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, Sept 11-14 in Berlin, Germany ― Hotel Reservation Rate Extended to Aug 25th

Join IBTTA in Berlin, Germany, September 11-14, for the year's largest international gathering of toll industry professionals. With delegates from 100 companies from more than 25 countries around the world, the IBTTA Annual Meeting offers a unique learning and business opportunity! This meeting features an outstanding program with tracks on interoperability, tolling infrastructure around the world, communications, and environment/social responsibility; interactive exhibits; valuable networking opportunities; technical tours and special events – make your plans today! Sign up now and get a $100 early bird discount, available now through August 26. Visit to view the preliminary brochure, register, and learn about sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. See you in Berlin!


1) FAA Imposes Stricter Rules for Flights in Icing Conditions

Some planes will require sensors to detect ice and warn pilots.

Link to Bloomberg article:

Link to FAA notice:

2) Orly Airport in Paris Tests 'Virtual' Boarding Agents

Link to AP article:

3) The iPad is the Pilot's Best Friend

Link to article in Fast Company:

4) United Arab Emirates Opens Lab to Analyze Flight Data and Cockpit Voice Recordings

Link to article in The National:


5) Understanding User Needs for Map Symbol Standards in Emergency Management

Link to article from the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management:


6) GPS Industry Group Denies Responsibility for LightSquared Interference Issues

Link to article in The Hill:


7) Digital Devices Raise New Free Speech Questions

Link to discussion on NPR's Talk of the Nation:

8) Social Media for Transportation Projects

Link to presentation from Parsons Brinckerhoff:


9) BART Board to Tackle Cellphone Blackout Policy

Link to article in the Contra Costa Times:

10) Fare Dodgers Take to Mobile

As German transit embraces smartphones, some use them to avoid paying.

Link to article in The Wall Street Journal:


11) Bay County, Florida Prepares to Expand Intelligent Transportation System

Link to article in The News Herald:

12) Website Aims to Help Commuters Crossing US Border

Link to story and video on KGTV-TV:

Link to


13) Cars Vulnerable to Theft by Hacking

Link to AP article and video:

14) University of Michigan to Study Vehicle Communication System on Ann Arbor Streets

Link to article in the Detroit Free Press:

Link to news release from US DOT:


15) 'Big Brother' on Roads? Nope, Just 'Weather Boxes'

Link to story on MSNBC:

News Releases

1) Railway Interchange 2011 Gets Twitter Hashtag

2) Michigan DOT Receives Smokey Bear Award for Wildfire Prevention Efforts

3) Norfolk Southern Launches New Website on Steam Excursion Program and Modern Contributions of Today's Railroads

Job Posting

- Director of Planning and Development – Metro Regional Transit Authority – Akron, Ohio

- Assistant Manager of Transportation – Central Florida Regional Transit Company (LYNX) – Orlando, Florida

Upcoming Events

Telematics Valley 2011 Conference – September 6-7 – Gothenburg, Sweden

Friday Bonus

You don't have to understand German to appreciate this parking job.

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** The USS Okinawa, an amphibious assault ship, was launched at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.


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