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A smashing success for 2010 ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo
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Over 2,000 people gathered in Houston for the ITS America Annual Meeting and Exposition. This was our biggest and most successful program to date! In case you weren't able to join us, here are just a few of the highlights:
  • U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano came together to discuss their visions for using transportation technology to help mobility, safety and the environment. Watch video here.
  • Over 125 companies and agencies packed the exhibit floor and offered technology demos, and the Best of ITS from across the county were recognized at our evening reception awards ceremony. View photos from these and over events on our Facebook page.
  • Secretary LaHood and senior U.S. DOT Officials were joined by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and other key leaders from the transportation industry and local, state and the federal government to discuss the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill and pressing issues facing the future of transportation funding. View the session here.
  • ITS America welcomed a number of partner organizations who held meetings in conjunction with the event, including AASHTO, WTS International, and the Department of Homeland Security.
To find out more about the meeting, check out some of the media coverage in our Industry News section below and visit our website for additional photos and information.

US DOT announces new TIGER II grants
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The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that it will award up to $600 million in TIGER II Discretionary Grants. This appropriation is similar to the initial TIGER Discretionary grants offered in conjunction with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. As with the initial TIGER program, funds for the TIGER II program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region. A copy of the full notice is available here.

Mitsubishi's NEW 70 Series: LED; LED Based Display Wall System
Mitsubishi's Display Wall Systems is expanding its new '70 Series' Product Lineup to include '70 Series: LED'. The new LED based, rear projection display wall cubes will be available in 50", 67" and 80" in either XGA or SXGA + resolutions. Utilizing 2nd generation LEDs, a proprietary coloring and brightness balancing system, the 70 Series LED light source offers users up to 70,000 hours of 24/7 operation.

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Rhode Island DOT hosts September conference
on transportation safety

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Join the Rhode Island Department of Transportation for the "Safety 2010 – Engineering Behavior" conference from Sunday, Sept. 19, to Wednesday, Sept. 22, in Newport, R.I. This exciting inaugural event will bring state DOTs, FHWA and NHTSA together for the first time to discuss common safety issues. Further information is available on the RIDOT website:

Industry News

Getting intelligent on transportation
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Cars that talk to each other, buses that see in the snow, and cameras that help move accidents-these are just some of the ideas being discussed at the Intelligent Transportation Society Annual Conference in Houston. More

Cars to warn of obstacles and jams, and talk to each other
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Cars that talk are no big deal. For years, they've been telling us to buckle up or close the door or get some gas. But listen up: If the U.S. Department of Transportation has its way, our cars will soon be talking to each other, and when they do, they'll have a lot more to tell us, too. More

Vehicle to vehicle communication, the next step in roadway safety
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Over the last 50 years, innovative technologies like seat belts, air bags and anti-lock braking systems have helped make America's roads safer, leading to the lowest level of highway fatalities since 1954. Despite this promising trend, nearly 34,000 Americans were lost on our nation's roads in 2009. More

ZC&R Offers Durable Optical Coatings for
Traffic Cams

ZC&R Coatings for Optics offers a broad line of environmentally-durable glass and coatings for outdoor traffic cameras, ideal for use in severe weather conditions. Included are antireflective coatings (AR) and transparent conductive coatings, which may be combined with other customized coatings to provide higher performance and improved transmission. more

IBM and DOT to test our high-tech transit future
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Texas is known for its wide open spaces and a certain enthusiasm among its citizens for traversing them by automobile. So it's appropriate that IBM and the Department of Transportation are planning an upgrade for car culture in the Lone Star State. Texas will serve as the test bed for several IBM telematics transportation technologies aimed at easing congestion, reducing accidents, and making painful commutes a thing of the past. More

Texas to be US transportation testing ground
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Texas is about to become IBM's test subject for a series of telematics transportation technologies with the blessing the U.S. Department of Transportation. IBM Chairman and CEO Sam Palmisano announced the news in Houston at the 20th annual meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Texas Transportation Institute Director Dennis Christiansen. The partnership between IBM and Texas will closely follow the federal intelligent transportation research agenda put forth by LaHood and the Obama administration. More

Transportation secretary: Hands-free devices don't make cell phone use safer for drivers
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Using a cell phone, especially to send text messages, while driving is a deadly habit, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said recently. But talking on the phone using a hands-free device is nearly as bad, he said, adding that car makers are wrong to allow the technology to used in ways that distract drivers from the road. More

IBM CEO Palmisano: Transportation needs collaboration, better standards
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IBM CEO Sam Palmisano stumped for transportation systems that enable collaboration between major players and governments, standards and better network designs. More

Congress and the administration should make a commitment to intelligent transportation systems
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"I would like to thank The Georgia Engineer Magazine for the opportunity to offer my perspective on some of the transportation legislative issues facing Congress and the Administration in Washington, D.C.," writes Scott Belcher. "As the president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the nation's leading advocate for the use of technologies that improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation system, I would also like to outline my vision for how we could easily apply 21st century solutions in addressing today's congestion, safety, and environmental problems." More

Smart phones + shared cars = better urban living
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The days of wondering when — or whether — your bus will show up may be nearing an end if you happen to live in one of America's more progressive metropolitan areas. And for those who live in fairly dense urban areas, the need to own a car will be diminishing, too. More

Hartford, Conn., planners track cyclists, pedestrians
to measure trail needs

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Rain or shine, summer or winter, Hartford, Conn., attorney Ben Bare rides his bike for the four mile commute to work. "It wakes me up in the morning and blows out the stress of workday on the way home," says Bare, 35. He says the ride is just as fast as driving a car. More

A parking system the Jetsons would love
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Four years ago, developers Tom Scannapieco and Joe Zuritsky described a cutting edge automated parking system that would be installed in 1706 Rittenhouse Square, a new 31-story, luxury condominium tower just off Rittenhouse Square in Center City, Pa. More


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Transportation Calendar

May 19-21, 2010
WTS 2010 Annual Conference
Washington D.C.

May 25-28, 2010
International Roads Federation World Meeting 2010
Lisbon, Portugal

May 26-28, 2010
2010 International Transport Forum
Leipzig, Germany

June 9-10, 2010
2010 Traffic Information Service Forum
Shenzen, China

June 13-16, 2010
ITS Canada Annual Conference 2010
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 11-13, 2010
National Summit for Rural Traffic Safety Culture
Big Sky, Mont.

Sept. 19-21, 2010
ITS Georgia Annual Meeting

Sept. 19-22, 2010
Safety 2010 – Engineering Behavior
Newport, R.I.

Sept. 22-24, 2010
ITS Tennessee Annual Meeting
Chattanooga, Tenn.

Oct. 25-29, 2010
17th World Congress on ITS
Busan, South Korea

Nov. 15-16, 2010
ITS California Annual Meeting

Nov. 28-30, 2010
Roadex Railex Exhibition and Conference
Abu Dhabi, UAE

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

Complete schedule of events

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