Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Transportation Communications Newsletter

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – ISSN 1529-1057

17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition Call for Papers Opened

The Technical and Scientific Committee of the 17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition invites surface transportation experts and researchers from all over the world to submit paper abstracts for evaluation.   Abstracts should reflect original research or innovation in technical, institutional, economic, business and policy issues that are relevant, recent and significant.  This global event, to be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, November 9-13, 2013, will provide a unique forum for sharing the latest industry technologies, solutions and best practices from all over the world, and set new standards of excellence and hospitality.

To submit an abstract visit, please visit and to learn more about the event visit   


1) US Senator Wants Relaxed Device Rules on Flights
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2) UK Mulls Satellite Aviation Navigation Mandate
Link to article in Air Traffic Management:

3) Aerial Drone Aided in October Chemical Train Derailment Response
Link to article in Government Technology:

4) Technology Advances Coming to Fixed-Base Operators
Link to article on AvaitionPros:


5) Baltimore Sun Series Looks at Speed Cameras in Maryland
 -  Maryland Lawmaker Pitches $1,000 Penalty for 'Bogus' Speed Camera Tickets
 -  Maryland Governor: Counties Should Stop Paying Speed-Camera Contactors Per Citation
 -  Maryland State Highway Speed-Camera Tickets Spike Overnight
 -  Maryland Counties Skirt Intent of State Speed-Camera Law


6) E-ZPass Cameras Can't Read Some Virginia License Plates
Link to story on WRC-TV:


7) Analyst: Apple Could Make a TomTom Takeover Bid
Link to article on ZDNet:

8) Faster GPS That Won't Kill Your Battery via the Cloud, and a Crowd
Link to article on Ars Technica:


9) ITS United Kingdom Celebrates 20th Birthday
Link to article from ERTICO:


10) Cal Maritime's Simulation Center Honored for Role in Docking Massive Container Ship
Link to article in the Times-Herald:
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11) Xerox's Role in Smart Parking
Link to story on Transportation Radio:

12) Smart Parking and the Connected Consumer
Link to report and presentation from ITS America:


13) Transport Canada Slammed for Lack of Transparency Over Victoria Airport
Link to article in Victoria News:

14) Crowdsourcing and Commuting and Chocolate
Link to Talking Transportation blog:


15) Amtrak Okays LED Digital Signage at Baltimore Penn Station
Link to article on DigitalSignageToday:


16) DC Robberies at Night Push Police to Offer Safety-Tip Cards at Transit Stops
Link to article in The Washington Post:


17) New York MTA Quits Countdown Clocks in Favor of 'Bus Time'
Link to story on WABC-TV:

18) Where's My Bus? Smartphone Program Will Give Real-Time Routes to NJ Transit Riders
Link to article in The Star-Ledger:

19) Network Rail Releases CCTV of Embarrassing Railway Accidents to Encourage Caution
Link to article in The Daily Telegraph:
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20) Smart Public Transport
Link to article on ITProPortal:

21) Roanoke, Virginia Transportation Systems Integrate Google Transit Into Buses
Link to story on WDBJ-TV:

22) Abu Dhabi to Have High-Tech Bus Shelters
Link to article in the Khaleej Times:

23) Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus Still Behind the Curve on Digital Tools
Link to Streetsblog Los Angeles:

24) San Francisco Muni Begins to Catch Up with NextBus Delay Alerts for Riders
Link to Streetsblog San Francisco:


25) Statewide 511 Travel Information System Launched in West Virginia
Link to story on West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
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26) Google Maps Adds Live Traffic in UAE and Kazakhstan, Expands Coverage in USA, Brazil and Nine Other Countries
Link to article on The Next Web:


27) Audi, Texas Instruments Team Up on Next-Gen Vehicle Infotainment System
Link to article in PCMag:
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28) Visteon e-Bee Shows How We Will Drive in 2020
Link to article on CNET:

29) Car of the Future is M2M-Ready
Link to article in EE Times:

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Today in Transportation History    
1937 **75th anniversary** Japanese forces attacked and sank the USS Panay while it was anchored in the Yangtze River near Nanking, China.

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