Rough guide to Near Field Communications and eWallets in travel

June 8, 2011

This is a guest article by Minoo Patel, senior director for travel transportation and logistics projects at NIIT Technologies.
One of the latest trends driving the mobile travel technology industry is the advent of Near Field Communications (NFC).
In short, NFC is a combination of hardware – in the form of a microchip in a smartphone – and software that enables one’s phone or tablet to act as a kind of electronic wallet.
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Weekend of Innovation: Toyota Tech Repurposed for Good

June 8, 2011

Repurposing a Toyota car technology for some other use was the idea behind their Ideas for Good campaign. Last fall, the company solicited ideas from everyday people about how to turn any of five different technologies into some other innovation. Five winners were announced May 9, 2011, and this past weekend those winners participated in a Prototype Weekend at Carnegie Mellon University near Pittsburgh, Pa., to turn their ideas into reality.
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Recapturing Global Leadership in Bus Rapid Transit: A Survey of Selected U.S. Cities

June 8, 2011

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy has released a report that explores the value of bus rapid transit, highlighting best practices from systems in the United States as well as abroad.
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Analysis of Intelligent Speed Adaptation

June 8, 2011

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research at the University of Adelaide, Australia, has released a report that examines Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) in Australia.
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FHWA – New Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program Fact Sheets Available

June 8, 2011

Seven new Exploratory Advanced Research (EAR) Program fact sheets are available on the FHWA Website.

Three fact sheets provide information about an EAR Program-sponsored projects focused on the concept of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) cooperation and vehicle positioning and navigation as elements of an integrated highway system: “Investigating Advanced Traffic Signal Control” (FHWA–HRT–11–044), “Efficient and Safe Merging Solutions” (FHWA–HRT–10–076), and “Staying in Lane: Intelligent Fusion of Vehicle Sensor Data” (FHWA-HRT-10-064).

Two fact sheets describe EAR Program-sponsored projects on human behavior and travel choices: “Modeling Driver Characteristics,” (FHWA–HRT–10–070) and “Investigating Congestion and Solutions: Experiments on Congestion Conditions and Pricing Initiatives” (FHWA-HRT-10-061). The fact sheet, “New Ways to Predict Bridge Performance: Advances in Structural Health Monitoring,” (FHWA-HRT-10-062) describes advanced methods for assessing system performance.

Two fact sheets—“Harnessing the Value of Ecosystems” (FHWA–HRT–10–075) and “Exploring Cement Hydration Kinetics” (FHWA–HRT–10–078)—provide information about EAR Program initial stage investigations on innovative topics. Initial stage investigations can lead to EAR Program investments through future open solicitations.
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FHWA R&T Now – May 2011

June 8, 2011

The U.S. Federal Highway Administration has released the latest issue of its Research and Technology (R&T) Now news update. The update reports on research, technology, and development activities taking place within the U.S. Department of Transportation.
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6th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium

June 8, 2011

TRB is sponsoring 6th International Visualization in Transportation Symposium on August 20-23, 2011, in Chicago, Illinois. The symposium is designed to highlight improving technologies and methods, feature case studies or successful practices, and illuminate the expanding role of visualization in transportation planning, design, construction, maintenance, and data management and analysis.
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2012 TRB 91st Annual Meeting and Transportation Research Record: Paper Submission Website Now Open

June 8, 2011

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 91st Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, D.C., at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Washington Hilton hotels. The information-packed program attracts 11,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.
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IBM Launches City Government Software Platform

June 7, 2011

The software, called IBM Intelligent Operations Center, will synthesize data from a wide variety of government IT systems, such as those that handle water systems, asset tracking, public transportation and traffic management. It will offer visually summarized views of the data being collected, using a number of business rules that IBM developed while building and maintaining individual government systems.
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DOT Research Collaboration Clusters

June 7, 2011

These research clusters promote information sharing and collaboration among the hundreds of DOT researchers, DOT-funded researchers and their colleagues across the nation. You can visit them by clicking on the links to your left. Feel free to browse these sites without registering. If you would like to participate in these issue areas by posting your research and commenting on the works of others, please click here to register. This site does not host personal information.

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Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop

June 7, 2011

When: July 13, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time
Where: Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. There will be a webinar for the first three hours of the meeting. The meeting is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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Why Bus Rapid Transit?

June 6, 2011

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSs) are a whole story on their own, and one of the most interesting aspects of planning a BRT service. In a future blog, I’ll talk about these technologies and their huge impact on the performance of a BRT system.
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Internal cameras approved for buses

June 5, 2011

WESTERLY – Westerly’s entire school bus fleet will be equipped by summer’s end with cameras to capture both video and audio of students and drivers…
This initiative is separate from the Smart-Bus Live cameras that have been installed on two Westerly school buses to capture images of drivers that illegally pass stopped school buses.
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How Car Companies and Rental Agencies are Creating ‘Carsharing 2.0’

June 5, 2011

Here are the major trends I see:
Peer-to-Peer Carsharing – Peer-to-peer (P2P) carsharing has the potential to dramatically expand the geographic area where carsharing is a viable alternative to car ownership — beyond dense, close-in parts of cities to suburbs and beyond.
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2011 Enhancements to the ITS Knowledge Resources Websites: Improving Access to Information on ITS Benefits, Costs, Lessons Learned and Deployment

June 5, 2011

Description The Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed online ITS Knowledge Resources for decision making support. The major objectives on these online tools are to:
-Capture ITS costs, benefits and lessons learned from experiences of stakeholders in their planning, deployment, operations, maintenance, and evaluation of ITS.
-Provide all ITS stakeholders with convenient access to costs, benefits and lessons learned knowledge so that they can make informed decisions in their future ITS actions.
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ITS JPO to Host a Webinar on Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report Review

June 2, 2011

June 24, 2011, 1:00 PM ET
Duration: 90 minutes
About the Webinar The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public webinar to discuss the Connected Vehicle Infrastructure Deployment Analysis Report. The webinar is being organized by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) which is part of the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).
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Lend Your Car, Save, and Save the World

June 2, 2011

Buzzcar is a car sharing service where car-owners in a city or town allow their idle cars to be used by other local citizens in exchange for getting about 70-75 per cent of the rental fee, Chase told IPS in an interview. Even when a car is parked it costs their owners money, she says. The average cost of owning and operating car is 8,000 to 12,000 dollars a year even if it sits parked 22 hours a day….
The key to making Buzzcar work is simplicity and the growing use of smart phones, says Chase.
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Is this the urban car of the future?

June 2, 2011

Caselles’ concept is an ultramaneuverable runabout, with four-wheel steering, a top speed of perhaps 90 km/h, and enough battery range for a day’s commuting and shopping. At just 1.9 metres long, its key feature is the ability to go nose-first into what are normally parallel parking spots — something the Smart Fortwo can manage, but only at an angle.
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Schneider Electric to Buy Smart Grid Firm Telvent

June 2, 2011

On June 1, Schneider Electric (NewsAlert) acquired Telvent GIT, SA, which provides software for real-time management of smart infrastructure in the electricity, oil and gas, water, and transportation sectors.
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Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Transformative Concepts Workshop

June 2, 2011

When: July 13, 2011 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Eastern Time
Where: Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S.DOT) will be hosting a free public workshop to discuss the Applications for the Environment: Real-Time Information Synthesis (AERIS) Program and present Transformative Concepts. There will be a webinar for the first three hours of the meeting.
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Bus-tracking technology comes to L.A. County

June 2, 2011

Dubbed NexTrip, the online service uses GPS and other technologies to track buses on their routes. It is “designed to help take the guesswork out of bus arrival and help you to get to your stop at the same time as your bus,” according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
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Project aims to ease traffic at Five Corners in Easton

June 2, 2011

Traffic lights will be replaced with Smart lights, according to Southworth. The new lights will sense the number of cars waiting at a light to determine when to let them through rather than just function on a timer as they do now. Fire Department vehicles will also be able to control the lights and turn them all red when they need to pass through the intersection to an emergency.
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Travel, shop smart with metro card

June 2, 2011

The multi-purpose smart card, which would be issued by the Hyderabad Metro Rail Ltd (HMR), could be used for buying tickets for traveling in the Metro, buses, and MMTS. One will also be able to use the card for paying parking charges and toll fees and at convenience stores for purchases etc.
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The Most for Our Money: Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nations Transportation Solutions

June 2, 2011

Reason Foundation, Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense release a report yesterday at a briefing on Capitol Hill. The report contains seven suggestions to help improve the nation’s transportation system at taxpayer-friendly costs.
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