Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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


1) FAA's New Air-Traffic System Hits Turbulence

Link to AP article:

Link to report from the US DOT Inspector General:

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:

2) Taiwan Launches New Generation Air-Traffic Control System

Link to CNA article:


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:


5) FCC Wants GPS in All Cellphones by 2018

Link to article in PC Magazine:,2817,2394177,00.asp


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 to Close Malvern, Pennsylvania Offices

Link to column in The Philadelphia Inquirer:


8) Louisiana Highway Safety Commission Providing Safe Driving Info via Social Media

Link to story on KATC-TV:


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: (in Japanese)

18) New App Lets Ventura County, California Bus Riders Find Nearest Stops

Link to article in the Ventura County Star:


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:

News Releases

1) American Public Transportation Association Honors Excellence in Public Transportation Marketing and Communications

2) ITT Launches New Flight-Tracking Application for Alaskan Airspace

3) Delta Launches Expanded In-Flight Wi-Fi, Entertainment on Demand Options

4) ITS for ElectroMobility – Gunter Zimmermeyer, ERTICO Chairman, Addresses European Parliament Seminar

5) New Map Shows Real-Time Traffic Conditions Over Washington's Snoqualmie Pass

6) San Francisco International Airport to Warn Rental Car Drivers About 'Hands Free' Law

7) US Air Force GPS Program Receives International Award

8) Audi Announces AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety as Official Partner for 'Driver's Pledge'

9) Toyota to Launch Global Cloud-Platform-Based Next-Generation Telematics Services in Emerging Markets

10) 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems Welcomed to Orlando by Orange County Mayor

11) TomTom Introduces Live Services and HD Traffic Service to Canada

12) Toll Free Number in South Africa to Bust Bad Drivers

13) Boeing and Lion Air Pioneer Precision Satellite-Navigation Technology

Upcoming Events

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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