Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) US Supreme Court to Hear HIV-Positive Pilot's Privacy Case

Link to story on NPR's Morning Edition:

2) Better Information Needed to Prevent Tarmac Delays

Link to AP article:

3) FAA Searching for Space-Based ADS-B Provider

Link to article on Flightglobal:

4) Indianapolis Airport to Replace Artwork with Video Wall

Link to article in The Indianapolis Star:

Link to news release from the Indianapolis Airport Authority:

5) Airport Advertising – Enough or Too Much?

Link to article in Airport Business:

6) Paris Airports Release New Real-Time Updates and App

Link to blog on SmartPlanet:

Link to AĆ©roports de Paris Live!: (in French)


7) Toll Cheaters Deterred by New Garden State Parkway Cameras, So Far

Link to article in The Star-Ledger:


8) Crunch Time for GLONASS Navigation Satellite Constellation

Link to article on TheWhereBusiness:


9) How are Construction Equipment Manufacturers and Contractors Using Social Media and the Internet?

Link to column in Equipment World:

10) NYC 2.0: The Travelers

A look at new transportation technologies in New York City, including bike-sharing, parking app and a bus-tracking system.

Link to video on WNYE-TV:

11) iMobility Newsletter – November 2011

Link to newsletter from ERTICO:


12) Quake Warning System for US West Coast Nears Reality

Link to article in the Contra Costa Times:

13) innovITS ADVANCE Demonstrates Comprehensive eCall Test and Certification Capability

Link to article from ERTICO:

14) Somerset County, New Jersey Launches Distracted Driving Initiative

Link to story on WKXW Radio:


15) Why Telematics Needs Better Consumer Marketing

Link to article on Telematics Update:

16) Telematics and the Car-as-Service Model

Link to article on Telematics Update:


17) Behind the Scenes of Olympic Cities' High-Tech Transport Systems

Link to article on Mashable:

18) High-Tech Systems Planned to Monitor Traffic on South African Roads

Link to article from the Cape Argus:

19) Cranberry, Pennsylvania's High-Tech Center Keeps Traffic Flowing

Link to article on Cranberry Patch:

20) Articles from Public Service Review

- New Technology and Greater Communication and Flexibility Can Ease Burden on Transport Systems

- Role of Variable Message Signs Championed in Delivering Information to UK Road Users

- Inaccuracy Concerns at UK Real-Time Bus Shelter Displays Means Different ITS Solution Needed

- Profile: RouteMapper


21) Kia Tackles Infotainment and In-Car Safety Challenges

Link to podcast from Telematics Update:

News Releases

1) Inmarsat GX Partners with Gogo for Worldwide Aviation Connectivity Service

2) Port of Los Angeles Introduces CO2 Calculator to Assess Global Warming at Port Facilities

3) New York MTA Asks Public to Vote for Best App

4) New Jersey DOT Adds GPS Devices to Snow-Fighting Arsenal

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Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** The keel was laid for the HMHS Britannic. It was the largest ocean liner for the White Star Line and was the sister ship of the RMS Titanic.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Tuesday, November 29, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057


1) Airlines Association Set to Rebrand

Air Transport Association to become Airlines for America.

Link to article in Politico:

2) At Airports, a Bigger Push to Sell Electronics

Link to article in The New York Times:


3) New Version of Google Maps Brings Indoor Floor Plans to Your Phone

Link to article in Wired:

Link to further information from Google:


4) New Age Navigation: Vessel Monitoring in Europe

Link to article on Public Service:


5) Feed Your Expiring Meters by Cellphone in San Francisco

Service will also send alerts when time is expiring.

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:


6) New York City DOT Using Haiku to Promote Safety

Link to stories on WCBS-AM and WINS Radio:


7) Amtrak Tests E-ticketing on Downeaster Service

Link to article in USA Today:


8) Transportation Decisions Driven by Traffic Counts

Link to ADOT Blog from Arizona DOT:


9) Cellphone Emergency Call Service Failed Following East Coast Quake

Link to article on Nextgov:

10) Wi-Fi Platform Sends Lifesaving Data Between Ambulances, Hospitals

Link to article in Government Technology:

11) Three Tips for Raising the Visibility of Emergency Management

Link to article in Emergency Management:


12) Illinois' RTA Asks Transit Users: How's the Ride?

Agency says $500,000 survey is worth the cost.

Link to article in the Chicago Tribune:,0,908396.story

13) ACLU Sues Ann Arbor Transportation Authority Over Refusal of Anti-Israel Bus Ad

Link to article on Ann

Link to news release from the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan:

14) Bay Area Transit Officials Tout Clipper Card in New Campaign

Link to story on KCBS Radio:

15) Why 'Talking Buses' are Necessary

Link to commentary in Public Service Review:

16) How Open Data Could Make San Francisco Public Transportation Better

Link to blog in Fast Company:


17) British Columbia's Park Royal Mall Adds Radio Station with Parking and Traffic Information

Link to article in North Shore Outlook:

18) New York State 511 Travel Information Service – Development and Documentation

Link to report from New York State DOT:

19) London Streets Traffic Control Centre: Keeping London Moving 24/7

Link to video from Transport for London:


20) Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks 'Choose Life' License Plate in North Carolina

Link to article in The Charlotte Observer:

21) Siri Hacked to Start and Stop Car Engine

Link to story on MSNBC:

22) US DOT Releases Final Report on Integrated Vehicle-Based Safety Systems (IVBSS) Program

Link to further information from the ITS Joint Program Office:


23) National Center for Atmospheric Research Scientists Work to Glean Weather Data from Cars

Link to article in the Boulder Daily Camera:

News Releases

1) Ford First to Integrate Slacker Radio App Providing In-Car Command and Control by Voice Using Sync AppLink

2) New Research Reveals Distracted Driving in Capital Beltway Construction Zones Declining

3) Province of North Holland and TomTom Sign Up to Beat Traffic

4) Online Trip Permits Make It Easier for Trucking Companies to Legally Travel on West Virginia Highways

5) Schneider Electric with Telvent Introduce Unprecedented Suite of Solutions to Help Make Cities Smarter

6) Tobii Paves the Way for Use of Eye Tracking in Driver Safety

7) Ryanair Blocking Screenscrapers to Prevent Unauthorized Sale of Its Seats

8) ViVOtech Contactless EMV and NFC Payment Software Powers Tri-Reader 3 for Cubic Transportation Systems


Story #9 in yesterday's TCN was about a GPS jamming device. The article from Nextgov said the jammer had a range of 500 to 1,000 miles. Reading the ad for the device, it appears the range is actually 500 to 1,000 meters. My apologies for the mistake.


- Request for Information – Traffic Data and Analysis for National Performance Measurement, System Planning and Transportation Research – Federal Highway Administration

Upcoming Events

ITS America Webinar: Connected Vehicle Technology Scan and Assessment – Fourth Generation Wireless Infrastructure – Long-Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced and Heterogenous Networks (HetNets) – December 14

Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** Enos became the first chimpanzee to orbit the Earth.


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