Monday, February 2, 2009
Transportation Communications Newsletter
Monday, February 2, 2009 -- ISSN 1529-1057
1) US Senate Commerce Committee Members Eye Boost for Air Traffic Control
Link to story from CongressDaily:
2) Sensors to Boost Air Navigation at Queenstown , New Zealand
Link to story in The Southland Times:
3) United Airlines Tests Faster Bag Tags
Baggage identification will be equipped with RFID chips.
Link to story in USA Today:
4) Oregon’s Lane Transit District Drawn to Test Magnet Control of Buses
The program will use sensors and computers to follow magnetic markers in the road.
Link to story in The Register-Guard:
5) Scandal Erupts in Italy Over Alleged Red Light Enforcement Scam
Link to story in story ITS International:
6) UK Speed Camera Fines Rise Sevenfold
Link to story in Traffic Technology International:
GPS / NAVIGATION
7) GPS Gets More Assists
Although A-GPS is one of the most reliable location technologies, it needs an assist in challenging environments.
Link to story in WirelessWeek:
8) New Rules Sought for News-Traffic Copters
Link to story in Radio Business Report:
9) LimeWire Creator Brings Open-Source Approach to Urban Planning
Link to story in Wired:
Link to additional information on GeoServer: http://geoserver.org/
10) US Agencies Struggling to Make Connections Online
Link to story in the National Journal:
11) Open Source Politics Breathe New Life Into Toronto
Link to story in The Globe and Mail:
12) Delaware DOT Goes Public Online
Link to story in The News Journal:
13) Union Pacific Uses Video Game Simulators to Train Employees
Link to AP story:
14) February Edition of Signal Online
Link to newsletter from the European Rail Traffic Management System:
15) Intelligent Transportation Using VANET
Researchers are working on a Vehicular Adhoc Network to make transportation systems more intelligent so they can provide a driver with crucial info.
Link to story in PCQuest:
16) Think Twice Before Using ‘Rage’ Cards
Company is selling a flip book of signs you can flash to other drivers to make sure they know exactly what you're thinking.
Link to story in the Arizona Star:
Link to further information on Road Rage Cards: http://www.roadragecards.com/
SAFETY / SECURITY
17) Local Police Want Right to Jam Wireless Signals
Link to story in The Washington Post:
18) Quake Takes Out Alert System
Link to story in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
19) Canadian Cell Phone Suppliers Must Show 911 Callers’ Location by February 2010
Link to CBC News story:
Link to notice from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission:
20) BART Signs 20-Year Deal for Systemwide Wi-Fi
Link to story in the San Francisco Chronicle:
21) Comcast Tests Free Wi-Fi at NJ Transit Rail Stations and Parking Lots
Link to story in InformationWeek:
22) Ottawa Transit’s Public Relations Challenge
Forget about winning back riders — OC Transpo’s real task will be earning taxpayers’ trust, experts say.
Link to story in The Ottawa Citizen:
23) In Wake of Deadly Accident, Los Angeles MTA Makes Safety Fixes to Help Blind Riders
Link to story in the Los Angeles Times:
TRAVELER INFORMATION / TRANSPORTATION MANAGEMENT
24) Snow Britain : Transport Web Sites Crash Under Demand for Information
Link to story in the Telegraph:
25) Tampa Bay Commuters Air Discontent Over Satellite Radio Merger
Link to story in the St. Petersburg Times:
26) Tweeting Away Toward an Easier Commute
Maryland State Highway Administration provided updates via Twitter during the inauguration. MTA provides Commuter Connection show.
Link to column in The Frederick News-Post:
Link to MTA Commuter Connections: http://www.mtamaryland.com/about/mtalocaltvprogram/index.cfm
27) UK Traffic Information Supplier UBC Media Sells Commercial Division to Global Traffic Network
Link to story in the Guardian:
Link to news release from UBC:
28) US Justice Department Program Makes It Easier to Track Cars’ Title History
Link to AP story:
Link to National Motor Vehicle Title Information System: http://www.nmvtis.gov/
29) Researchers Propose Safer High Beams All the Time
Link to AP story:
7th Annual Cargo Aircraft & Operations Conference – April 1-2 – Brussels
Today in Transportation History
1709 **300th anniversary** - Alexander Selkirk was rescued from an island in the South Pacific after being a castaway over four years. He may have been in the inspiration for Robinson Crusoe.
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