Learning from locusts: Volvo sets collision-avoidance goal

Volvo has set an ambitious safety goal: No motorist will die in a Volvo crash after 2020.  As a first step, the manufacturer is unveiling a low-speed braking system next year.  Called City Safety, the system is designed to reduce collisions at less than 18 mph by automatically applying the brakes if the driver does […]

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Connecticut funds computerized signal system for commuter rail

The State of Connecticut approved a $2.5 million in state funding to support a centralized traffic control signal system for the commuter rail serving the Danbury to Norwalk corridor. “This is the only rail line in America where a trainman still has to get off the train and manually pull a switch in order for […]

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Paying the ferryman (via RFID)

A pilot program for the Finnish Road Authority uses RFID tags to streamline traffic on a car ferry system. A priority lane, offered for authorized users, has been subject to misuse.

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How-to video for Portland commuters

TriMet says its Transit Tracker GPS-tracking system gets more than one million calls each month. So to make it easier for commuters to understand how they can get the whereabouts of the next bus or MAX train on their cell phone while waiting on the stop, the Hard Drive commuting blog presents a how-to video. Read more and […]

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Bell ID brings NFC to the masses

“Smart card management company Bell ID, The Netherlands, has launched a mobile pilot program that can help companies migrate to NFC…The solution can be of particular interest to banks, mobile network operators, transport operators, merchants and organizations interested in loading applications to NFC enabled phones.” Read the full story in NFCNews.

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EPA goes mobile

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched a new website designed specifically for cell phone users.  EPA Mobile is designed to load quickly on small screens and includes EPA contact information, press releases, environmental information by ZIP code, EPA’s blog, and links to other government websites.  Read EPA’s press release.

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New technology for paying tolls

Four transportation authorities around the U.S. will use Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID)-enabled windshield stickers. The RFID-enabled stickers take the place of bulkier hard case tags used in applications such as open-road tolling. The system is also being used experimentally in a number of advanced traffic management applications, including high-occupancy tolling lanes, congestion pricing and […]

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War gaming offers agencies methodology for assessing risk

“Civilian agencies should take cues from the military and use war game tactics to identify risks and assess recovery plans in case of emergency, whether a cyberattack or environmental disaster, said an author who specializes in the market. War gaming methodologies that test an organization’s ability to react to unforeseen threats traditionally have been reserved […]

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Think cleverly about green IT

Speaking at last week’s Green Computing Summit, author and Yale University professor Daniel Esty urged government information technology managers to think creatively about reducing energy consumption.  Noting that IT consumes 2 percent of the nation’s energy supply, Esty continued: “So if we look at lighting, it’s not just using more efficient bulbs, but using information […]

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Indian railway to use RFID to time recruits

“Taking inspiration from marathon organizers in major cities like London and New York, an organization in charge of hiring workers for the railroads of southern India will use RFID technology to time physical fitness tests of potential recruits.”

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