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ITS America report highlights advancements in imaging technology
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ITS America has released its latest Technology Scan report on Trends in Computer Vision. This paper foresees imaging technology rapidly advancing in applications that require simple object detection, such as vehicle collision avoidance and advanced traffic management systems. To complement the report, ITS America will be hosting two webinars on Computer Vision as a part of its Webinar Series. The first webinar, scheduled for 1:30-3 p.m. EDT, July 27, will feature expert presenter Ned Lecky, Ph.D., founder of Lecky Integration, who is nationally known as an innovator in machine vision solutions and system integration in transportation. To register for this session, email Charlie Tennyson at For more information on ITS America's webinar series, go to

RSVP for Friday's breakfast with Congressman Austria
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If you have heard about the proposed LightSquared network and would like to know more about how it could interfere with GPS signals and impact transportation safety and mobility applications that depend on GPS, you don't want to miss ITS America's Congressional Roundtable breakfast with Congressmen Steve Austria, R-Ohio, this Friday, July 15 from 8:30–9:30 a.m. in B-338 Rayburn Building.

Congressman Austria is the chief sponsor of an amendment that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from approving the LightSquared network without resolving concerns about GPS interference which have been expressed by top officials from the U.S. DOT, DOD and industries ranging from aviation and surface transportation to construction and agriculture. Paul Scolese of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld will also be on hand representing the Coalition to Save Our GPS, of which ITS America is a member, to talk about opportunities to get involved in protecting GPS and the critical safety and mobility solutions that depend on it. A recent Washington Times editorial about the controversy is online here. Please RSVP to Lauren Jochum at if you would like to attend or learn more about joining ITS America's Congressional Roundtable.

Webinar to focus on LightSquared issue
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Paul Scolese of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld and other GPS leaders will provide a briefing on the LightSquared issue during an upcoming ITS America webinar on Thursday, July 21, at 4 p.m. EST. Please RSVP to Charlie Tennyson at if you would like to participate, or click here for more information about ITS America's webinar series.

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Chairman Mica unveils House T&I Authorization Proposal
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ITS America joined House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Chairman John Mica, R-Fla., Republican Committee Members and staff, and stakeholders last Thursday as the Chairman outlined his $230 billion, six-year transportation reauthorization proposal. The proposal, a summary of which is available here, aims to streamline and reform federal transportation programs, expedite the project approval process, leverage limited resources, provide additional flexibility to states and ensure long-term funding stability. Responding to a question from ITS America during Chairman Mica's rollout event, T&I Committee staff said the bill will clarify that states have the flexibility to use almost any of their formula dollars for ITS deployment projects, and that the bill will include provisions to encourage states to invest in ITS and other low-cost projects that will alleviate congestion, as well as projects that make better use of existing capacity. The news release is available here and video from the event is online here. Meanwhile, Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee leaders are preparing to introduce their 2-year, $109 billion bill as early as this week, reflecting a price tag that equals current spending plus inflation.

ITS America launches new Career Center Database and Job Board
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ITS America is proud to announce the release of its new online Career Center, featuring a powerful resume search engine with more specific filters to fit your needs and broader exposure for your company's job postings through a partnership with job boards across the transportation industry. These enhancements to ITS America's Career Center were made to improve your experience while navigating the leading online source for job seekers and employers in the field Intelligent Transportation Systems. Click here for a special discount on your next job posting or resume purchase — this offer ends July 31! Visit the Career Center today and browse ITS jobs and resumes for free:

Industry News

Connected Vehicle Driver Acceptance Clinics coming soon to a community near you
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The charming and heroic stars of Cars 2 and Transformers are not the only talking cars hitting American cities this summer. At DOT, we call them Connected Vehicles: Cars, trucks, buses and other vehicles fitted with technology that allows them — like their big-screen counterparts — to communicate with each other and with roadway infrastructure like traffic lights, dangerous road segments and railroad crossings. More

FORUM8 3D Visual Interactive Simulation s/w

UC-win/Road builds and manipulates 3D space. Roads, bridges, tunnels produced automatically. Import and edit CAD data, build and texture models, view design alternatives, visualize and edit intelligent traffic & pedestrian flow. On-board driving simulation. Plug-ins for 3rd party software such as CarSim, Legion, EXODUS, S-Paramics, Vissim, Civil3D, InRoads etc. Info

Technology may soon change meaning of 'drive time'
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An otherwise typical California town we'll call Santa Rosita is home to one of the nation's most unusual movie theaters. Until a few years ago, the Bijou was no different from any other small-town theater. It was trying to survive on modest ticket sales as the area's last outpost of a vaguely Art Deco Hollywood culture that has largely disappeared. More

Portland, Ore., will test pay-by-phone street parking
starting in August

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An Atlanta company bets Portland, Ore., residents and visitors will pay more to park if it means greater convenience. Starting next month, Pearl District drivers will test technology that allows people to pay for street parking with a cell phone. No more walking to the meter in the middle of the block. More

Alpha's Mighty Little Traffic Enclosure

Alpha’s Multi Mount Outdoor Enclosure (MMOE) - Traffic, is a cost-effective and versatile small form factor enclosure, ideal for space constrained traffic intersections. The MMOE can be pole, host, wall or pedestal mounted and can accommodate Alpha’s FXM series UPS control module and up to four front terminal batteries.

Talking to your car not so farfetched with telematics options
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From 1982 to 1986, actor David Hasselhoff portrayed action-hero Michael Knight in a TV series called "Knight Rider" that also featured a highly modified Pontiac Trans Am with onboard artificial intelligence. The Knight Industries Two Thousand, aka K.I.T.T., was a supercomputer module installed inside the Trans Am that engaged in an ongoing verbal conversation with its driver, while fighting crime in the pursuit of justice. More

Developing smart street lights that switch on as cars pass by
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Jakarta is one of the biggest cities in the world. With 10 million inhabitants, it is the most populous in south east Asia and the tenth biggest on the planet. Lighting such a city at night is an expensive business. Jakarta has over 200,000 street lights, which cost the equivalent of about $17 million dollars to run in 2007. More

Sustainable transportation: Oregon can set a national example
for innovation

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Hot on the 2008 campaign trail, then-candidate Barack Obama memorably offered up a "common-sense solution" to rising gas prices so practical it was mocked for its idealism: Properly inflated tires improve engine efficiency and reduce a car's appetite for oil. Republican campaign operatives responded by gleefully handing out tire pressure gauges emblazoned with "Obama's Energy Plan." More

New traffic signals in Oklahoma City, Okla.,
could improve travel time, safety

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Drivers could spend fewer minutes on the road in Oklahoma City, Okla., and perhaps avoid a call to an insurance adjuster thanks to two traffic signal projects. The larger of the two projects is in the first year of a five-year implementation process. More

Integerated Video Sensors
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Traficon video sensors combine video sensing, high level video processing in and communication within a single embedded device. These CMOS-based sensors including field-proven video detection technology offer a user-friendly, compact and powerful alternative to other detectors.

Ford backs proposed nationwide ban
on handheld phone use while driving

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Ford is the first automaker to support a bill that would ban motorists nationwide from using handheld cell phones while driving. U.S. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., proposed legislation last month directing the federal government to compel all states to prohibit such use, except in certain emergencies. More

Delcan to develop first multi-modal, real-time decision support system in the United States
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Delcan, an award winning, multi-disciplinary engineering, management and technology firm, is pleased to announce that they will lead the effort to install a new, one of a kind Integrated Corridor Management system along a 22-mile section of I-15 from SR-52 in San Diego to SR-78 in Escondido, Calif. More

Thermal Traffic Detection/Monitoring Cameras
FLIR’s thermal Traffic Detection and Roadway Monitoring Cameras see clearly in all of the challenging imaging conditions that plague traffic monitoring and control systems including sun glare, shadows, wet streets, snow, light fog, even in total darkness, and they work with the analytics software you’ve already got. more

Fueling freedom
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Cries of outrage reverberated across the country when House Republicans, led by Rep. John Mica of Florida, chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, proposed a 30 percent reduction in federal surface-transportation spending. More

IceSight Non-Intrusive Road Sensor

High Sierra Electronics IceSight sensor reads surface condition and temperature using laser and infrared technology.

Traficon USA

Taking Pedestrian Safety to the next level
Traficon is introducing a brand-new sensor to better protect the most vulnerable road users, called SafeWalk. More

Adaptive Control, Simply Better.

McCain’s adaptive control software has a benefit-cost ratio of 8:1.

Isn’t that worth a look?

Transportation Calendar

Aug. 18-19, 2011
2011 ITSPA Annual Meeting

September, 2011
6th China Annual Conference and Exhibition on ITS
Beijing, China

Sept. 26-30, 2011
2011 World Roads Congress
Mexico City, Mexico

Oct. 16-20, 2011
18th World Congress on ITS
Orlando, Fla.

Oct. 18-20, 2011
eCarTec 2011 for electric mobility
Munich, Germany

May 21-23, 2012
ITS America's Annual Meeting & Exposition
Washington, D.C.

Oct. 22-26, 2012
19th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems
Vienna, Austria

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