Thursday, August 18, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Thursday, August 18, 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) High Costs Stall NextGen Air Traffic Control

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2) British Airways Planning to Give Cabin Crews iPad to Handle Passenger Management

Link to article on Tnooz:

Link to news release from British Airways:


3) US Air Force to Replace Ailing GPS Satellite with a Spare Already in Orbit

Link to AP article:

Link to news release from the US Air Force:

4) Dead Reckoning Fills-In GPS Navigation Gap

Link to article in EE Times:


5) Hackers Post BART Cops' Personal Information

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

6) Connecticut Governor Admits DMV Changes Weren't Clear

Link to story and video on WTNH-TV:

7) Zimride Matches Drivers, Passengers

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:

8) Inaugural Workshop of ITS Indonesia

Link to article from ERTICO:


9) UK Organization Pilots RFID Wayfinding System for the Blind and Partially Sighted

Link to article in RFIDNews:

Link to further information from Guide Dogs:


10) California's Metrolink Gets $46 Million for Positive Train Control

Link to article in the Los Angeles Times:

11) US Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs Releases Positive Train Control Rule

Link to article in Occupational Health & Safety:


12) HNTB, Purdue Lab Push the Speed Limit of Highway Surveys

Link to article in Engineering News-Record:


13) With 9/11 Anniversary Approaching, New York City Fire and Police Commissioners Urge National Emergency Radio Network

Link to article in the Daily News:

14) Automakers Test In-Car Brain Sensors

Link to article in Technology Review:


15) A Week After Debut, is Maryland's Traffic Hotline Working?

Link to article on Catonsville Patch:

16) Sarasota and Manatee Counties, Florida Get $2.6 Million for Traffic Management System

Link to article in the Herald-Tribune:

17) Social Networking to Help You Surf Roads Smoothly

Link to article in The Times of India:


18) Weather Layer Added to Google Maps

Link to blog and video from CNET:

News Releases

1) Alaska Marine Highway System Launches Redesigned Website Featuring Real-Time Vessel Tracking

2) US DOT Fines Ethiopian Airlines for Violating Price Advertising Rules

3) Consumers Drive Ford Focus Electric Simulator, Provide Feedback on New Vehicle In-Dash Displays

4) Engineer to Measure Vehicle Emissions on Highways with Portable Device on Vehicles

5) Parkmobile USA, Inc. and Premier Parking Launch Pay-by-Phone Parking in Nashville

Upcoming Events

GIS in Public Transport Conference – September 13-15 – St. Petersburg, Florida

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** NASA announced the end of sub-orbital flights for the Mercury-Redstone program.


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