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TPP Carries Benefits for Pacific-Rim Smart Cities

TPP Carries Benefits for Pacific-Rim Smart Cities

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA Among the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member economies,[1] Singapore may be the best known for its ambitions to apply smart-city technologies to improve the wellbeing of its citizens. According the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA), the…

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Quality Dynamic Message Signs Exceed Industry Standards

Quality Dynamic Message Signs Exceed Industry Standards

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Jay Swinea, Vice President, Transportation Sales, Adaptive Displays; and Michelle Bansemer, Marketing Manager, Adaptive Displays Cities across the nation are embracing the needs of smart transportation through light-emitting diode (LED) displays for intelligent transportation systems (ITS). While adoption was initially slow, an increasing number of…

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Traffic Cameras Provide View of Local Conditions, from NEMA’s Transportation Management Systems Section

Traffic Cameras Provide View of Local Conditions, from NEMA’s Transportation Management Systems Section

By Jean Johnson, Technical Program Manager/NTCIP Project Manager, NEMA Winter Storm Jonas has affected millions from southern Virginia to the Northeast, leaving residents homebound as cities work to clear roads and recommence public transportation. For those of you teleworking today, here is a partial list of traffic cam websites for locations near NEMA offices and elsewhere in the Washington, D.C.,…

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Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

In a world of highways, accidents, and traffic jams, praise for a highway maintenance event is rare. Carmageddon is the ‘code name’ for the first phase of a CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) project to add a single carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of I-405. For LA, this project required the unthinkable—scheduled closing of a freeway from Friday to…

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Who will be the Chief Information Officer for your New Car?

Who will be the Chief Information Officer for your New Car?

Today, everybody in business knows the crucial role of a good CIO.  The CIO has to both understand technology, and think like a CEO.  Last year’s book, “The Practical CIO,” by Jose Eiras, provided multiple suggestions, including not just focusing on the tech products, but showing what those products can do.  And “spread out”:  employees at all levels should have…

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There’s Lots Behind the Curtain to Make It All Work

There’s Lots Behind the Curtain to Make It All Work

For the past two years, the U.S. DOT's research efforts have been on a new program called IntelliDrive(SM).  IntelliDrive(SM) is planned to use an inter-networked, wireless communications mesh of two main parts — the existing cellular system, plus a new 5.9 GHz bandwidth allocation.  The program hopes to improve vehicle safety by allowing short range, inter-vehicle message exchange with information about location,…

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