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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Mr. T, Burt Reynolds and Dennis Hopper have signed on to be the voice of your navigation system – so long as its from Wanderlust Media, Data by Tele Atlas. Celebrity voices will go for about $10 and generic ones (surfer, cowboy, whatever) will be $5. I guess its ringtones all over again!

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The Green Bay Press from Green Bay Wisconsin reports that West De Pere Middle School will hold “Mix is Up Day” – where kids can’t sit at their regular lunch tables. Nope. They’ll be assigned randomly to a new one for the day. To get students thinking about diversity, classes drew maps of the lunch room and who sat where. “Many lunchroom maps used the same labels — preps, jocks, geeks, nerds, skaters, bikers — and some used just two basic groups: cool and not-cool. “ Map what you know!

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/16 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

An article from Automotive News Europe says that electronics supplier Denso is planning a system that will take advantage of both the US GPS system and Galileo. Others, however, are fine with GPS. GM Europe, the article reports will “take a deep look” at Galileo but has no further plans. BMW’ spokesperson said, “From our standpoint, we don’t see it as necessary.” Ok, so what’s Galileo for again?

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I missed this: Frost & Sullivan named TV-GPS the 2006 IP Communication Market Enabling Technology of the Year, specifically for its VoIP capabilities back in October. I read it in a recent article in The San Jose Business Journal. Rosum is the company behind using TV signals to determine location. Frost and Sullivan specifically picked it since it may have the answer to the big E-911 VoIP problem. I’d not made the connection of the technology to that problem, but yes, it could be the answer. Rosum is doing trial now for law enforcement use and the technology could go live early next year.

by Adena Schutzberg on 11/15 at 05:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Monday, November 14, 2005

If you are working in the transportation industry and looking for a guide to the U. S. Government resources on who is responsible for what in the intelligent transportation system (ITS) field, you need to see the ITS/Operations Resource Guide 2005. It is a well organized guide to a plethora of resources within the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Intelligence Transportaton Society of America (ITSA), and others such as joint program offices. The guide provides information on the major ITS iniatives in:

  • 511
  • Emergency Transportation operations
  • Wireless E911
  • National ITS Architecture

And many more. The online guide has plenty of links to other websites and contacts. Compliments to the FHWA for a very comprehensive resource.

by Joe Francica on 11/14 at 08:08 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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