Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday, December 5, 2011

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Monday, December 5, 2011 – ISSN 1529-1057

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1) E-gates to Open at Taiwan's Major Airports Starting January 1

Link to article on Taiwan Today:

2) Nano Paint Could Make Airplanes Invisible to Radar

Link to article in Technology Review:


3) US Coast Guard Will Use Mardi Gras Float as a Recruiting Tool

Link to article in Government Security News:


4) Is Smarter Transportation a Slippery Slope to Public Transit?

Link to article on Digital Communities:

5) CONDUITS Newsletter – November 2011

Evaluating the impact of ITS in urban areas.

Link to newsletter:


6) California High-Speed Rail Authority Spends Millions to Polish Image

Link to article in The Sacramento Bee:

7) VHB/Eng-Wong, Taub and PB: Building Client Relationships with Social Media

Link to article in Engineering News-Record:


8) Earphones are Cited in Many Railroad Deaths

Link to article in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:


9) Chicago Aims to Brush Up Street Markings

Link to column in the Chicago Tribune:,0,4768836.column


10) New Emergency Maps to Help Fire, Floods, Road Accidents in Victoria

Link to article in The Courier:

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11) App Helps Emergency Crews ID Toxic Chemicals

Link to article in Government Computer News:

Link to CHEMM-IST from the US Department of Health & Human Services:


12) GM's OnStar is Looking a Lot Like a Stand-Alone Business

Link to article in Forbes:

13) Why Ford Just Became a Software Company

Link to article in InformationWeek:

14) Qualcomm Warns OEMs are Aiming for Cut of In-Cab Electronics Market

Link to article in Transport Topics:

15) Towers Watson: Technology to Become Important for Motor Insurers' Competitiveness

Link to article on Insurance Business Review:


16) FCC to Review San Francisco Cell Service Shutdown Rules

Link to CNET News article:

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17) New York MTA Wants Apps on Getting Around, but Key Data Still Hidden

Link to article on Transportation Nation:

18) Trying to Understand 'The Weekender' from the New York MTA

Reporter recounts his difficulties using the agency's guide to weekend subway disruptions.

Link to article in the Daily News:

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19) One More Thing Goes on the Web: Subway Ogling

Link to article in The New York Times:

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20) Much-Awaited Traffic and Transit Management Center Opened in Banashankari, India

Link to Express News Service article:


21) Your Car to You: 'Ice Ahead. Change Routes'

Sensors on Minnesota DOT plows could help develop high-tech 'decision support' system.

Link to article in the Star Tribune:

22) How Healthy is Your Car? New Website CarMD Offers Help

Link to story on CNBC:

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23) Articles from Commercial Carrier Journal

- Five Ways Consumer Tech is Impacting the Trucking Industry

- Taking the Message on the Road – Fleet Graphics

News Releases

1) Real-Time Traffic Information Providers Industry Will Soar, as GPS-Enabled Cars and Phones Take Off

2) Public Vote on European Electronic Journey Planners Now Open

3) Illinois Tollway Launches Redesigned Website

4) NextGen Tel Selects Aptilo Networks for Deployment of Wi-Fi Services at All Airports in Norway

5) Cross Country Automotive Services and ATX Group Combine to Form Agero

Upcoming Events

Webinar: Crisis in Airport Credentialing – December 8

Today in Transportation History

1911 **100th anniversary** A patent was granted for the aileron, which controls the rolling and turning of an aircraft. Among those listed as inventors on the patent application were Alexander Graham Bell and Glenn Curtis.

1921 **90th anniversary** Two Reading Railroad passenger trains collided in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania killing 27 people.

1961 **50th anniversary** Harry Deterling, a train engineer, drove a train across the East Berlin border, allowing 24 people to escape to the West.


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