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ITS America Webinar Series continues Dec. 14
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The ITS America Webinar Series continues on Dec. 14 with Technology Scan and Assessment: Fourth Generation Wireless Infrastructure — Long Term Evolution Advanced and Heterogenous Networks. The presenter for this webinar is Dr. Eduardo Esteves, Vice President of R&D and Technology Marketing, QUALCOMM. Join us Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 1 p.m. EST. Click here for more information.

Centracs Advanced Transportation Management System (ATMS)
Centracs is Econolite’s newest ATMS software platform—an intuitive and easy-to-use GUI-based centralized system, enabling unmatched ITS management, traffic control, and data sharing. Centracs leverages proven and robust client-server architecture and distributed processing for adding ITS system modules, which provides seamless system scalability, communications and implementation of adaptive ITS strategies. more

Transit Research projects selected for 2012
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The preliminary descriptions for the FY2012 Transit Cooperative Research Program are now available. Click here to read the full announcement. These descriptions represent TCRP Projects for which requests for proposals are expected to be issued. The development and release of RFPs will occur starting in March 2012 with proposals due in May and June 2012. To sign up for receiving TCRP-related notifications, please visit

19th World Congress on ITS announces Call for Papers
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The International Programme Committee has announced its Call for Papers for the 19th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems in Vienna. ITS experts are invited to submit a technical/scientific paper or Special Interest Session for presentation at ITS Vienna 2012, Oct. 22-26, 2012. Women in ITS are also strongly encouraged to submit proposals. The proposals must be received by Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. More

18th World Congress essays now available
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The 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems returned to Orlando, Fla., for the first time since its inaugural hosting of an Americas World Congress in 1996. Much has happened in the world of ITS since 1996, both in Florida and internationally and the Orlando World Congress highlighted many of the innovations that have emerged in the context of larger economic forces as the world struggles to regain its footing after one severe recession and avoid another. An important part of the World Congress was the convening of a panel of international ITS experts whose essays reflect on the way forward for ITS over the next decade and the challenges we will face along the way. Please follow this link to access the essays:

Experts in Road Weather Solutions

Vaisala, the only road weather provider that offers instruments and software, now introduces RoadDSS™ Navigator. All information in one solution means significant operational savings.

ITS America is looking for volunteers to review papers and presentations
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Papers are now being accepted for the 22nd ITS America Annual Meeting and Exposition in National Harbor, Md., May 21-23, 2012. After the submission deadlines pass the papers will be reviewed by a peer panel that will evaluate quality, relevance and significance of each submission. ITS America is requesting volunteers to serve as paper reviewers for both the ITS America Annual Meeting and the 19th World Congress. Volunteer reviewers will be assigned two to three papers in his/her areas of interest or expertise. The reviews can be done completely online and we ask that reviews are completed within two weeks of receiving the papers. Please contact Nicole Oliphant at or 202-721-4215 to volunteer as a reviewer or for additional information.

Industry News

Maryland State Highway Administration and Telvent successfully launch '511' Traveler Information Service in Maryland
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Telvent GIT, S.A., a leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced recently that it has successfully launched Maryland's "511" Traveler Information Service for the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration. Maryland's "511" Traveler Information Service is currently operational and providing information to an average of 14,000 callers and website visitors each week. More

Integerated Video Sensors
All-in-One- Solutions for  Intelligent Traffic Control

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.

ACS-Xerox launches new virtual event for 18th World Congress
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From fare collection to toll solutions, from back-office processing to infrastructure installation, we are a global recognized leader of innovative transportation solutions while improving the experience of our clients and their customers. More

GOP calls for drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge to pay for infrastructure
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A proposal from House Republicans to funnel energy development revenues into infrastructure spending calls for a massive expansion of offshore oil-and-gas leasing and opening up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling rigs, according to new details unveiled recently. More

Driver Vehicle Interface Standards & Resources

Driver Distraction Research 2010 SAE Paper Collection; Driver Vehicle Interaction SAE Standards Subscription; standards development activities on Controls/Displays, Driver Vehicle Interface, and Visual Behavior/Metrics

Can Washington handle 30 more years of terrible traffic?
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We've got the nation's worst traffic, and current plans to spend more than $200 billion aren't going to speed up your commute. There's one solution that's working in other cities. Can we make it happen here? More

New York may become newest bike-sharing Mecca
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New Yorkers spent part of this fall pedaling demo versions of a new bike that may become as common as the city's yellow cabs. New York has chosen an Oregon company, Alta Planning & Design, to set up a fleet of 10,000 rental bikes. Alta Bike Share has gone from being a tiny startup to being a major player in an emerging field. More

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Qualcomm's drive to license wireless car charging tech
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Researchers have long explored the science of transmitting electricity wirelessly, but big technical hurdles exist to make that an efficient way to charge laptops or ferry power for thousands of miles. The emergence of electric cars has boosted interest in wireless charging, and a company known for making chips for mobile phones and telecom equipment wants to be an early player in the field. More

MTA service a snap with smartphone apps
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New Yorkers who have smartphones and want some help navigating the city's mass transit are in luck: There's an app for that. NY1 looked at three free apps that say they show subway and bus routes while incorporating the latest service disruptions from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. More

MAP-21: Forward progress from Senators Boxer and Inhofe
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Moving a new national transportation law has been a challenge for the president and Congress, to say the least. The previous one, with a mouthful-of-a-name (the Safe, Affordable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act — a Legacy for Users or SAFETEA-LU), expired more than two years ago. More
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