Friday, September 16, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Friday, September 16, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

ITS Midwest and USDOT team up to offer FREE ITS Workshop

With support from ITS America and through the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) workshop program, ITS Midwest is pleased to offer a FREE workshop on Advanced Operational Concepts on September 27, 2011 from 1pm to 5pm. This training is in conjunction with the ITS Midwest Annual Meeting, which takes place at the Embassy Suites Cincinnati-River Center in Covington, KY on September 28 and 29, 2011. Attendance at the Annual Meeting is encouraged, but it is not required to participate in the workshop. This workshop is being offered to ITS members and non-members at no cost!

Visit the ITS Midwest website ( for the latest information on the ITS Midwest Annual Meeting and the USDOT Advanced Operational Concepts Workshop. Planned highlights of the ITS Midwest Annual Meeting include: Innovative Ideas and Issues in Operations, Panel discussions on Contracted Maintenance and Freeway Service Patrols, Visit with Vendors and Colleagues

Register now for the ITS Midwest Annual Meeting and USDOT Workshop by visiting ITS Midwest 2011 Events.


1) Innovative Wayfinding Systems are Arriving to International Airports

Link to article in airrail News:


2) Azerbaijan Makes Digital Map of Intelligent Traffic Management System in Baku

Link to article on ABC.AZ:


3) GPS Navigation is at a Crossroads

Link to article in PC Magazine:,2817,2393087,00.asp


4) Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association Launches Online Driver Training Service

Link to article in Truck News:


5) Hey, You're Walking Here: Guerilla Etiquette Artist Takes to the Streets

Link to article on Transportation Nation:


6) China Bullet Train Crash Probe Blames Signals

Link to AP article:

7) Designing Digital Railway Stations – Lessons from Sydney Central

Link to article on

8) Railroads Getting Smarter and Going Digital – Big Data and What It Means

Link to blog on ZDNet:


9) Unique Public Safety Radio Standards Training Debuts in Colorado

Link to article in Government Technology:

Link to news release from the Colorado Office of Information Technology:

10) Social Media: A Mixed Blessing for Disaster Response

Link to article in Federal Computer Week:

Link to report from the Congressional Research Service:

11) New App Helps Drivers Involved in Accidents

Link to CNET blog:

12) SOL eMagazine – September 2011

Issue includes transnational road safety assessment, animation campaign for road safety.

Link to newsletter:


13) Integrating Telematics and Augmented Reality

Link to article in Telematics Update:


14) New York MTA to Offer Online Map to Help Baffled Weekend Subway Riders

Link to article in The New York Times:

Link to news release:

15) NJ Transit Wants Riders to 'Get Digital'

Education about high-tech alerts coming next month.

Link to article in the Asbury Park Press:


16) Spending Cuts Leave UK Smart Transport in a Jam

Link to article on

17) New Video Wall Keeps a High-Tech Eye on Bay Area Traffic

Link to article from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission:

18) WTOP Traffic Reporter Bob Marbourg to be Inducted Into Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Link to story on WTOP Radio:


19) In-Car Algorithm Could Rapidly Dissolve Traffic Jams

Link to article in Technology Review:

News Releases

1) US Department of Defense Seeks to Protect GPS Operations

2) Garmin Unveils Portable Touchscreen Aviation Navigators with 3D Vision

3) Frost & Sullivan: Mobile Technology Solutions Boost Trucking Fleet Performance and Profitability

4) Frost & Sullivan: Can Price Declines Help Trailer Telematics Increase Market Penetration in North America?

5) Frost & Sullivan: Increasing Threats Amplify the Need for Reliable Mobile Communications for Public Safety

6) Alberta Motor Association and Canadian Automobile Association Launch Website to Educate on the Dangers of Distracted Driving

7) Shanghai OnStar Opens Second Call Center to Meet Demand

8) Autoliv Enhances Active Safety with Camera-Based Driver Assist System for BMW


- Call for Papers – 19th ITS World Congress Vienna, Austria – ERTICO - ITS Europe

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Economics of Congestion Pricing and Impacts on Business – September 22

Friday Bonus

Noisy trains a problem? Here's the solution you've been looking for.

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** Edward Whymper, an explorer and part of the first ascent of the Matterhorn, died.


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