Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, November 28, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) European Commissioner for Transport Comes Under Fire at Single European Sky Conference

Link to article in Airports International:

2) Regional Airports Look for Lift from Social Media

Link to article in the Journal-Courier:

3) Raytheon Promises Zero Tech Glitches for Delhi Air Traffic Control Radar System

Link to article in the Hindustan Times:

4) Noise Abatement Room, San Francisco International Airport

Link to article in The Bay Citizen:

Link to further information from San Francisco International Airport:

5) Up in the Sky: Not a Bird or a Plane – a Helicopter with Ads

Link to article in The Baltimore Sun:,0,7837909.story

Link to further information from Bootcamp Lights:

6) Friends of Oceano Airport Aim to Protect California Facility, Educate Public

Link to article in the Santa Maria Times:

Link to Friends of Oceano Airport:

7) Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It's Not Clear Why

Link to blog in The New York Times:

8) Next Generation Air Transportation: Collaborative Efforts with European Union Generally Mirror Effective Practices, but Near-Term Challenges Could Delay Implementation

Link to report from the US Government Accountability Office:


9) The 1,000 Mile GPS Jammer

Link to article on Nextgov:


10) First Interoperability Testing Event for Cooperative Systems Unfolds

Link to article from ERTICO:

11) Articles on

- Deploy Zebra Crossings Only if It's Safe Enough to Do So

- Business Drivers Want a Phone Protocol

- TomTom User Can Tweet His Arrival Time

- Moving Images Not Permitted on Billboards Alongside Dutch Highways

12) Pennsylvania DOT Spokesman Has Many Talents

Link to article on Chartiers Valley Patch:

13) Picture This: Better Decisions Through Data Visualization

US DOT's Data Visualization Student Challenge turns dry numbers into compelling graphics.

Link to blog on MSNBC:

14) IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society Newsletter – October 2011

Link to newsletter:


15) Richmond, UK Council Removes CCTV Parking Penalty Cars

Link to BBC News story:


16) Smartphone App Warns Pedestrians of Oncoming Cars

Link to article in Technology Review:


17) Texas DOT Provides Information on I-35 Expansion

Link to story on KCEN-TV:

Link to My35:


18) Amtrak's Capitol Corridor Train Introduces Wi-Fi Service

Link to article in the San Francisco Chronicle:


19) Pennsylvania DOT Opting Not to Put Ads on Electronic Signs

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

20) New Signs Will Remind Utah Motorists to Move Off of Freeway After Minor Crashes

Link to article in the Deseret News:


21) Maricopa County, Arizona Joins Study to Improve Road Safety for Emergency Responders

Link to article in The Arizona Republic:

Link to news release from Maricopa County DOT:


22) Jasper Wireless: 'A New Realm of Responsibility'

Link to article on Telematics Update:


23) Blacksburg, Virginia Transit Wins $1.85 Million Grant to Update System

Link to article in The Roanoke Times:

24) Veteran C-Tran Dispatchers Keep Eyes on the Road

Link to article in The Columbian:

25) Fall Foliage Leaves Staten Island Railway Commuters in the Lurch

MTA and New York City DOT don't communicate when late train arrivals miss ferry connections.

Link to article in the Staten Island Advance:


26) Better Travel Decisions with New Singapore Transport Portal

Link to article on AsiaOne:

Link to site:

Link to news release from the Land Transport Authority:

27) Alain de Taeye, TomTom: 'We Can Look Into the Future and Change It'

Link to article on GPS Business News: (link may expire soon)

Link to video of talk by de Taeye at TEDx Brussels:

28) Multi-Video Viewers Welcome Advance in Operations Centers

Link to article in Government Video:

29) Waze is Your Best Friend on the Road

Link to article on Arutz Sheva:

30) Virtual Traffic Management Centers?

Link to commentary in Surface Transportation Innovations:


31) Toyota Unveils High-Tech Concept Car Ahead of Tokyo Auto Show

Vehicle is described as 'a smartphone on four wheels.'

Link to AP article:

Link to news release:

32) Visteon Raises Production of Connectivity Radios for Brazilian Vehicles

Link to article on just-auto:

33) Court Hearing Set Over North Carolina 'Choose Life' Plates

Link to AP article:

34) Connected Vehicles Being Explored by University of New South Wales

Link to article in The Australian:

Link to further information:

News Releases

1) UN Telecoms Agency Urges Use of Technology to Tackle Climate Change

2) Toyota and Yamaha Motor Collaborate on Communications-Linked Next-Generation Vehicles

3) Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Releases Traffic App for Android

4) US DOT Unveils 'OMG' PSA to Warn Teens About the Dangers of Distracted Driving

5) Saab Sensis Advancing NextGen with Expertise and Tools at Florida NextGen Test Bed

6) Michael's Aviation Blog Announces New Facebook Page 'Aviation Outlet'

7) Telmap Partners with iPublish for Ultra-Local German Content

8) Modernization of Indian Air Force Airfields

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Upcoming Events

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Today in Transportation History

1961 **50th anniversary** North American Aviation was awarded the prime contract for the Apollo program.


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