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ITS America announces 2012 Annual Meeting & Exposition call for papers and presentations
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ITS America is accepting submissions for papers and presentations for consideration for its 22nd Annual Meeting & Exposition, "Smart Transportation: A Future We Can Afford." The three-day event will be held from May 21-23, 2012 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C.

On the heels of the 18th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems in Orlando, Fla., which showcased ITS in action and featured the leading thought leaders in the industry, ITS America's 22nd Annual Meeting program will focus on affordable strategies to create smart cities and communities that are safer, cleaner, more livable and less congested.

"ITS America just concluded an extremely successful World Congress which demonstrated the value of the intelligent transportation industry in improving travel efficiency, safety, the environment and the economy," said Scott Belcher, ITS America's President and CEO. "We want to capitalize on the momentum generated in Orlando by continuing the conversation with national lawmakers and policy leaders about how transportation technology is an affordable solution that can be implemented now."

Papers and presentation can now be submitted online at The deadline for paper and presentation submissions is Dec. 1. To download the call for papers, click here.

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California lawmakers to hold hearing on ITS technologies at the ITS California Annual Meeting
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The Intelligent Transportation Society of California has announced that that the California legislature will hold an informational hearing on intelligent transportation technologies on Nov. 16, 2011. The hearing is scheduled to coincide with ITS California's annual meeting which will take place at the Long Beach Hilton Nov. 13-15. Representatives from both the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee and the Assembly Committee on Transportation will gather at the Long Beach City Hall Council Chamber between 1 and 4 p.m. to listen to expert and public testimonies on the benefits and the challenges of deploying intelligent transportation systems in the state of California. As part of this public legislative hearing, ITS California will be invited to provide a testimony.

For more information about ITS California's participation in the California legislature informational hearing, please contact ITS California's outreach committee chair, JD Margulici — For more information and updates about the hearing, please consult the California legislature's website —

AERIS Fall Webinar Series continues on Wednesday, Nov. 9: Foundational Research Webinar #2
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The third webinar in the Fall Webinar Series on Connected Vehicles and the Environment will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. Eastern. The U.S. DOT selected seven research projects in response to a Broad Agency Announcement that will expand the ability of ITS applications to improve environmental performance. The objectives of the BAA projects were to: (1) foster innovative research on ITS applications that improve environmental performance; (2) promote capture and management of real-time data; and (3) support development and enhancement of evaluation techniques, performance measurement and technologies. This is the second of three webinars on the BAA projects. The BAA projects presented during this webinar are: Eco-Intelligent Transportation Systems (University of California-Riverside) and An Evaluation of Likely Environmental Benefits of Lowest Fuel Consumption Route Guidance in the Buffalo-Niagara Metropolitan Area (University at Buffalo).

To register, please send your full name, organization and business email address to Adam Hopps at ITS America at

ITS America trade mission to the Persian Gulf and participation in Gulf Traffic's Regional Conference and Exhibition (Dec. 12-17, 2011)
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After the success of Gulf Traffic in 2009, ITS America is organizing a trade mission and providing members the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Gulf Traffic Conference and Exhibition. If you are interested in exhibiting at Gulf Traffic 2011, please contact ITS America International Program Staff immediately, since space is limited. This mission will highlight ITS America Members' capabilities and provide access to one of the fastest growing ITS markets in the world.

In addition to the show, ITS America is preparing some value-added activities to members, including visits to decision-makers and high level technical staff in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (two days after the Gulf Traffic show). These visits will include briefings from local officials about their projects and plans for the future and in turn, promotional presentations from our delegates about their capabilities and what they can bring to the region. For further information, please contact Patty Del Pozo International Development Specialist (202) 484-4660,

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Smart EV Executive Leadership Forum on Nov. 7
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Don't miss the most exciting and informative electric vehicle show of the year. On Nov. 7 in Washington D.C., The Smart EV Executive Leadership Forum brings together stakeholders in the U.S. electric vehicle market and experts from the Energy and Utilities industry to talk about what utilities and policy makers need to know now to plan for the uptake and wider adoption of EVs. Register now at or call 215-504-4272.

Industry News

VDOT request for qualifications for I-66 active traffic management project
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A project information meeting will be held Nov. 3, 2011 for potential offerors at the Northern Virginia District Office of the Virginia Department of Transportation, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, Va., 22030, in the Potomac Conference Room at 9 a.m. More

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An honor for Minnesota's smart roads
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There's much more to a state-of-the-art highway system than concrete, asphalt and steel. In the 21st century, computer bits and bytes are key contributors to safer, less congested driving. Fortunately for us, Minnesota is a national leader in applying information technology to traffic management. More
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    Technology's role in moving people and goods quicker, safer, cleaner
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    When you traveled today — whether by car, bus, rail, plane or bike — technology made your trip safer, faster and cleaner than in the past. That technology may have been obvious to you (hybrid vehicles, GPS) or not (traffic light synchronization, interstate weigh-in-motion for trucks). More

    Ohio DOT crews get ready for winter with new technology    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
    Wouldn't it be nice to see what the streets are like this winter before you leave your house? Anyone with Internet access will be able to see the conditions along some major roadways at Users can access Web cameras and message boards that are already up and running, said Justin Chesnic, ODOT's District 4 spokesman. The district covers all Ohio state routes, U.S. routes and the interstates in Stark, Summit, Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties. More

    Iteris to acquire Berkeley Transportation Systems
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    Iteris, Inc., a leader in traffic management solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire all of the outstanding capital stock of Berkeley Transportation Systems, Inc., a privately-held company based in Berkeley, Calif. More

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    Bay County, Fla., intelligent transportation system earns award
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    Bay County's intelligent transportation system earned national recognition at an ITS World Congress conference in Orlando, Fla., this month. Traffic engineer Keith Bryant brought home the ITS Florida's Outstanding Achievement Award, given for leadership and innovations toward advancing ITS and incident management, and Siemens Outstanding ITS Deployment Award in recognition of outstanding and exemplary vision and innovation in the design and implementation of ITS. More

    Transportation groups want to increase gas tax
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    For the first time in two decades, major transportation groups have banded together and made a request that, in other circumstances, would be considered crazy — "Tax us ... NOW." But the answer from Congress and the White House has been a resounding "No!" More

    SAE Intelligent Vehicle Systems Symposium

    Program focus is electronics infrastructure connecting HEV, EV, ICE vehicles to their environment, including safety, ITS, mobility internet, power system architectures, security. November 8-9, 2011.

    US House speaker promotes transportation projects
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    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner spoke in favor recently of pumping federal money into transportation construction and speeding regulatory review of those projects — comments that seemed to resonate in a region longing for new bridges to ease traffic snarls. More

    Car tech: The connected car arrives
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    Automobile technology has become so advanced that today's cars are essentially computers with wheels. So why aren't we using them to surf the Web, communicate with other cars or order food at nearby restaurants? More

    TripAdvisor mobile guides smartly steer tourists
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    If you want to tour some of the world's big cities without hiring a guide or lugging a fat guidebook, TripAdvisor's new Mobile City Guides for Android smartphones and tablets now provide a sleek alternative. More

    Automakers embrace hands-free text-messaging technology
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    Two and a half years into the crusade against distracted driving, automakers are equipping vehicles with new technology that might circumvent the 34 state laws that prohibit text messaging behind the wheel, which 95 percent of Americans say is dangerous. More

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    Transportation Calendar

    Nov. 9, 2011
    AERIS Broad Agency Announcement Foundational Research: Webinar #2

    Dec. 14, 2011
    AERIS Broad Agency Announcement Foundational Research: Webinar #3

    May 21-23, 2012
    ITS America's Annual Meeting & Exposition
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    Oct. 22-26, 2012
    19th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems
    Vienna, Austria

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