Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, September 21, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

BlueTOAD™ On The Road

BlueTOAD by TrafficCast is the industry's leading Bluetooth™ traffic monitoring system. It accurately measures travel times, road speeds and route choice behaviors through anonymous detection of Bluetooth signals from mobile devices inside vehicles, and the vehicles themselves. An advanced software interface is included that automatically calculates the traffic data, in real-time or over time, displayed in color-coded speed maps as well as a dashboard format. BlueTOAD can work independent of local power and data connectivity, or installs directly in traffic signal cabinets. And the new Mini-BlueTOAD is perfect to collect data for studies, performance measures and before/after analysis.

And BlueTOAD is on the road. Distributors are showcasing the technologies at regional trade shows across the country, including Tennessee ITS September 27-30 in Memphis, ITS-Midwest September 28-29 in Cincinnati, ITS-Arizona on September 29 in Mesa and OTEC in Columbus October 25-26. And, of course, the ITS World Congress - Booth #1771 - in Orlando October 16–20. For more information on these and other shows where BlueTOAD will be hopping, visit


1) US Senate Spending Bill Fully Funds NextGen Air-Traffic Modernization

Link to article in Aviation Week:

2) In Private System, Air-Traffic Technology Can Soar

Link to Bloomberg article:

3) Android to Power In-Flight Entertainment for Boeing Dreamliner

Link to article on CNET:


4) Blogs Put Bikes on a Path to World Domination

Link to article on Grist:


5) GOP Claims White House Interference in LightSquared's Broadband Plan

Link to article on Nextgov:

6) LightSquare Says It's Solved GPS Interference with New Device

Link to article on CNET:


7) Interview with Phil Pettitt, Chief Executive Officer of innovITS Advance

Link to interview from ERTICO:

8) New Digital Tools for Travelers Mean New Questions About Public Space

Link to blog on techPresident:

9) Information Systems, Geographic Information Systems, and Advanced Computing 2011

Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:


10) New Transport Quebec Data Online Another Step Toward Transparency

Link to article in The Gazette:

Link to news release from Transports Quebec:

11) Commuters Called on for Ideas to Fix I-526 Congestion in South Carolina

Link to story and video on WCSC-TV:


12) A Smarter Way to Evacuate

Link to article from the Texas Transportation Institute:


13) OnStar to Keep Tracking Vehicles After Canceled Subscriptions

Link to story on WTOP Radio:

Link to revised OnStar privacy statement:

14) Garmin Discusses the Future of Commercial Telematics

Link to audio interview on Telematics Update:


15) Visalia, California Buses Get GPS Tracking, Offer Up-to-Date Schedules

Link to article in the Visalia Times-Delta:

16) A Rant on Using the New York City Subway PA/CIS as a Communications Tool

Link to blog on 2nd Ave. Sagas:


17) Transport for Greater Manchester Plans New Information Infrastructure

Link to article in The Guardian:

18) Traffic Information LLC Sues Over Traffic Patents

Link to article on GeekWire:


19) Smart Cars on Show at Australian ITS Summit

Link to article and video in the Gold Coast Bulletin:

20) Smart Set of Wheels

Sophisticated data processing technologies are enabling mid-range car brands to emulate the luxury marquees with systems that make the driving experience easier and safer.

Link to article in Marketing Week:

21) Advanced Automotive Electronics Show Next Week in England

Link to article on

News Releases

1) Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia Announces Election of Officers and Directors

2) Intelligent Transportation Society of Georgia Announces Best of ITS Award Winners

3) Greater Rochester International Airport Website Goes Mobile

4) Abu Dhabi Incorporates Intelligent Traffic Systems to Improve Road Safety

5) Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Creates Web Page for Sherman Minton Bridge Detours

6) Updated Norfolk Southern Exhibit Car Highlights Benefits of Rail

7) American Airlines Launches, First US Social Travel Website in Spanish

8) FEMA and FCC Unveil New Tip Sheet for Consumers on Communicating During Disasters

9) Clemson Students to Present Winning 'Connected Vehicle' Plan at ITS World Congress

Upcoming Events

Webinar: National Work Zone Safety Information Clearinghouse: 2009 MUTCD Compliance Dates and Definition of Standard Statements – September 27

Today in Transportation History

1941 **70th anniversary** The first Liberty ships, were launched at shipyards around the US.


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