Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday, August 22, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, August 22, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) Air France Crash Prompts FAA to Propose Longer Black-Box Signals

Link to article from Bloomberg:

2) Comair Crash Ushered in Sea of Changes

Five years after runway error, industry has probed, learned.

Link to article in The Courier Journal:


3) Website Promotes North Carolina State Ports

Link to article in the Star-News:

Link to site:


4) US DOT Creates Online Technology Exchange

Link to article in InformationWeek:

Link to Digital Transportation Exchange:


5) Uneven Post-9/11 Data-Cloaking Persists

Link to AP article:

6) Enhanced Coordination Among Maritime Agencies Post-11/26: Indian Navy

Link to Press Trust of India article:

7) Apple's iPhone Adds Japanese Earthquake Alerts

Link to BBC News story:

8) Union Pacific to Establish Joint Security Fusion Center with US Customs and Border Protection

Link to article in Government Security News:

Link to news release from CBP:


9) Ford, Toyota to Join Forces on Hybrid, Communications Systems

Link to article in the Detroit Free Press:

Link to news release from Toyota and Ford:

10) How Telematics Can Help Smart Grids Talk to Cars

Link to article in Telematics Update:


11) Clangs and Voice of The Tide are About Safety First

Link to article and audio clips in The Virginian-Pilot:

12) Contract to be Signed Tuesday for Integrated Public Transport in Sofia, Bulgaria

Project will include installation of 600 electronic boards at bus stops and ITS to coordinate buses.

Link to article on

13) Introducing GTFS-Real-Time to Exchange Real-Time Transit Updates

Link to Google Code blog:


14) Verizon Strike Temporarily Prevented Some Calls to Maryland 511 Line

Link to article on Columbia Patch:

15) New 511 System Coming to West Virginia

Link to article on MetroNews:

16) Traffic Police's Loudspeakers Become Public Headache in Imphal, India

Link to Hueiyen News Service article:

17) Sacramento Traffic Cameras: Who's Watching You?

Link to story and video on KTXL-TV:,0,6267750.story

18) Keeping an Eye on Traffic Jams in Manatee, Florida

Link to article in the Bradenton Herald:


19) ITS JPO to Host Fall Webinar Series on Connected Vehicles and the Environment

Link to further information from US DOT:

News Releases

1) Inrix Completes Acquisition of Leading European Traffic Information Company ITIS Holdings

2) United Continental Adding Wi-Fi, Upgrade In-flight Entertainment, Air Traffic Control Passenger Audio

Upcoming Events

2011 ITS Minnesota Fall Industry Forum – October 4 – St. Paul, Minnesota

Today in Transportation History

1851 **160th anniversary** The yacht America won the Royal Yacht Squadron's 100 Guinea Cup in a race around the Isle of Wight. The race later became known as the America's Cup.


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