Georgia public-safety radio network years in the making

“Having interoperable communications during an emergency can be priceless for first responders and the public, but rolling out the network can take years. The Georgia Interoperability Network allows statewide communication for first responders without requiring counties to replace existing radio equipment. By retaining the counties’ current radio equipment, the state has achieved widespread buy-in among […]

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Bangkok to use RFID system to inform bus and taxi users

Bus and taxi travelers in Bangkok will soon benefit from the development of a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Sensor Network, originally aimed at managing bus and truck fleets more efficiently and cutting down on fuel burned by vehicles stuck in traffic. They will able to track public buses on their mobile phones, and will not […]

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Denver pilot program cuts emissions by city vehicles 10%

A pilot program that provided Denver drivers with feedback on their driving habits reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 10% from May through November 2008. The pilot tested whether equipment that measured a vehicle’s idling and driving performance — and then gave the information to drivers as feedback on their habits via a website that included […]

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Trial success for mobile tickets

“The Department for Transport [UK] has completed the first live ticketing trial using the government-mandated ITSO smartcard standard.  The six-month trial in the north-west of England involved two bus operators and 36 passengers using near-field communication (NFC)-enabled mobile phones to pay for bus tickets.   The first aim of the pilot was to demonstrate the viability […]

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When CTA driver runs light, you pay

“Traffic-enforcement cameras are catching hundreds of buses running red lights in Chicago and the suburbs, and taxpayers are paying most of the tickets.  Chicago Transit Authority buses were photographed blowing through red traffic signals almost 1,200 times last year, while the drivers of Pace buses, paratransit vehicles and van pools racked up more than 100 […]

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Computer has eye for suspicious behavior

“That guy meandering back and forth on a downtown street could be seriously lost. Or serious trouble. A computerized surveillance system in the works could help decide which, with its wide-angle panoramic shots, location tracking software and ‘smart’ video cameras that flag suspicious behavior. Ultimately, the system could chart the normal walking trajectories of pedestrians […]

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Moscow Metro goes contactless

Moscow has become the world’s first public transportation system to use a completely contactless automatic fare collection system.  Based on MIFARE technology from NXP Semiconductors, the system has increased passenger convenience, improved operating efficiency, and reduced fraud.  Moscow Metro serves about nine million passengers a day.  Link to full story in ContactlessNews.

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Jacksonville transit officials and first responders have new eyes on Skyway trains and stations

Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority will create a state-of-the-art command center for viewing and monitoring video of its Skyway trains and stations. Each of JTA’s 10 Skyway trains is equipped with digital video recorders and surveillance cameras to montor riders as they enter, exit, and ride the trains. Stations also have a DVR and 4-8 cameras […]

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SimBudget

Eric Morris, a researcher at UCLA’s Institute of Transportation Studies and guest blogger for the New York Times, writes about the T-LINK Calculator,  a new interactive tool from the Kansas Department of Transportation.   Users develop a virtual budget, selecting from various revenue options, and allocate the funding among various transportation modes. I think this format has […]

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Bombardier presents first catenary-free and contactless operating tram

At a test track in Germany, Bombardier Transportation introduced the PRIMOVE, a completely contactless and catenary-free operating tram. For rail operators, the PRIMOVE system offers significant advantages. Among these are the completely invisible power supply, the easy installation and the complete irrelevance of weather conditions. In addition, the contactless and very safe energy transfer system […]

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