Transportation Communications Newsletter
Wednesday, October 5, 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 OTEC in Columbus October 25-26, the Wisconsin ITS-Forum in Milwaukee November 1st, GRITS - Gulf Region ITS in Montgomery November 2-4 and ITS-Texas in San Marcos November 9-11. 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 http://trafficcast.com/events/
1) FAA's New Air-Traffic System Hits Turbulence
Link to AP article:
Link to report from the US DOT Inspector General: http://www.oig.dot.gov/node/5636
Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-141T
2) Taiwan Launches New Generation Air-Traffic Control System
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3) How Intersections Now Sense What Will Zoom By
In Pleasanton, California radar-like sensors can more easily detect bicycle traffic, providing safer crossings for cyclists and motorists.
Link to article in Governing:
4) Study Shows Red-Light Cameras in Iowa Save Lives and Reduce Injuries
Link to article in UTC Spotlight:
GPS / NAVIGATION
5) FCC Wants GPS in All Cellphones by 2018
Link to article in PC Magazine:
6) UK Office of Fair Trading Begins Investigation of Acquisition of ITIS Holdings by Inrix
Link to article in the Manchester Evening News:
7) Taxpayer-Backed Traffic.com to Close Malvern, Pennsylvania Offices
Link to column in The Philadelphia Inquirer:
PUBLIC INFORMATION / EDUCATION
8) Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Providing Safe Driving Info via Social Media
Link to story on KATC-TV:
SAFETY / SECURITY
9) Time for Las Vegas Airport to Tap New Celebrities for TSA Explainers?
Link to column on Vegas Inc:
10) The Responder – October 2011
Link to newsletter from The TIM Network:
11) Communication with Vulnerable Populations: A Transportation and Emergency Management Toolkit
Link to report from the Transportation Research Board:
12) Telogis on Developing Next-Gen Commercial Telematics Platforms
Link to interview from Telematics Update:
13) Privacy Concerns Hamper Spread of Telematics Programs Among Insurance Carriers
Link to article in InsuranceNewsNet:
14) 'Town Hall to Twitter' Session Tackles Social Media Benefits, Obstacles for Transit Agencies
Link to article in Metro:
15) Razorback Transit Plans to Add Real-Time GPS Technology
Link to story on KHBS/KHOG-TV:
16) SMART San Francisco Muni App Designed Over a Weekend
Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:
17) Tokyo Trains Go Online with Train Net
Link to article on Japan Trends:
Link to Train Net: http://www.yamanoteline-trainnet.jp (in Japanese)
18) New App Lets Ventura County, California Bus Riders Find Nearest Stops
Link to article in the Ventura County Star:
TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT
19) Honolulu to Use Social Media to Push Alerts During APEC Week
Traffic cameras could go dark during summit.
Link to story and video on KITV-TV:
20) Saudi Agencies Linked Electronically to Exchange Accident Information
Link to article in Arab News:
21) Navigating the Garden State: On the Web
Link to article on River Dell Patch:
22) Volvo Auto-Braking Spares Deer in Headlights
Link to Bloomberg article:
23) The Great Online Car-Radio Race
Link to article in Fortune:
Truck Driver Social Media Convention – October 15 – Tunica, Mississippi
Today in Transportation History
1911 **100th anniversary** The Oregon Trunk Railroad was officially opened.
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