December 22, 2011 • 12:59 am
Governments often hire private contractors to operate transportation services or build technology tools. When those projects provide open data as part of the program, customers can benefit at little or no cost. When open data is left out, governments are throwing money out the window.
More at Greater Greater Washington
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Policy
December 8, 2011 • 2:04 am
December 7, 2011 • 10:50 pm
Many participants sounded enthusiastic about releasing public sector data to the public. As one contributor said: “There are lots of people who can play with the data and make meaningful services.” The contributor added: “Transparency isn’t just about accountability issues – [putting] everyone’s expenses on the web – it’s also about using content to drive innovation.”
More at The Guardian
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, Public Data
December 6, 2011 • 11:11 pm
November 30, 2011 • 1:18 am
November 23, 2011 • 11:28 pm
One of the big pushes this year is a new 511 application for iPhones and other mobile devices that helps drivers navigate the roads and informs them of anything from construction to car accidents. Application users can look at traffic cameras to see traffic flow and can pinpoint areas where construction might be causing detours or delays.
More at The Palm Beach Post
Filed under: Applications, Government, Video, CCTV, FDOT, Video
November 21, 2011 • 4:21 pm
CDOT is preparing to commission the development of a smartphone application that will not only alert drivers to traffic conditions, delays, road conditions and potential travel times, but will provide them with specials and deals for places where they can eat, kill time and even spend the night while waiting for the roads to clear up.
More at SummitDailly
Filed under: Government, Information, Mobile, Traveler Information, Apps, Colorado
November 21, 2011 • 1:51 am
Flipping the debate from potential profits to actual expenses. Gordon Linton, a former head of the Federal Transit Administration who served alongside Zimmerman on the Metro board, focused on the opportunity cost of giving data to other sites. He said the agency had given away resources – for example, free parking for car-sharing services – that it later realized could yield income.
More at ReadWriteWeb
Filed under: Data, Government, open data, WMATA
November 7, 2011 • 10:29 pm
October 27, 2011 • 1:16 am
The Homeland Security Presidential Directive 20 (HSPD-20) requires all local, state, tribal and territorial government agencies, and private sector owners of critical infrastructure and key resources (CI/KR) to create a Continuity of Operations/Continuity of Government Plan (COOP/COG).
More at Mineta Transportation Institute
Filed under: Government, Continuity of Operations, Security
October 21, 2011 • 11:18 pm
Chandler transportation engineer Mike Mah said the system, which was activated in June, picks up identifying numbers from personal Bluetooth-based electronic devices in the vehicles and logs how long it takes them to move from one point to another.
More at AZCentral
Filed under: Data, Government, Technology, Traveler Information, Bluetooth
October 13, 2011 • 2:33 am
October 10, 2011 • 4:39 pm
Fast Company looks at San Francisco’s Open Data policies and offers some insight into optimizing these tools.
More at Fast Company
Filed under: Data, Government, open data
October 7, 2011 • 5:31 pm
Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P., is now in his third term as mayor of the Big Apple. During his tenure, New York City has embraced a more data-driven approach to governing, even when the results of that data-driven transparency show a slump in city services.
More at O’Reilly
Filed under: Data, Government, data, New York City, Open
October 7, 2011 • 1:04 am
Designed to help IBM and municipal leaders better define requirements for more inclusive Smarter Cities, Access My N.Y.C. brings together geo-location and mapping technologies, transportation data, and publicly available accessibility information to help N.Y.C. residents and visitors:
More at IBM
Filed under: Data, Government, Mobile, Networks, Technology, Apps, IBM, Smartphone
September 26, 2011 • 10:08 pm
The Iowa Department of Transportation has made some changes to the traffic cameras and speed sensor information it provides on its website. Spokesperson, Sinclair Stolle, says they’ve integrated all that information into one site.
More at Radio Iowa
Filed under: Government, Information, 511, Government
September 8, 2011 • 3:43 pm
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has released a new, context-aware, location based system (LBS) for traveler information. The smartphone application pushes traveler information based on location.
More at Traffic Technology Today
Filed under: Government, Information, Mobile, Application, Apps, Contect-Aware, LBS, Mobile, Pennsylvania
September 2, 2011 • 10:21 pm
The Traffic Records Management, Reporting and Analysis Division of the Virginia Highway Safety Office (VAHSO) manages the states’ highway safety traffic records information system that houses millions of traffic crash records. Data that is collected, stored and analyzed by this Division is used for problem identification and resolution by local, state and federal entities across the Commonwealth. This data is housed in the Traffic Records Electronic Data System (TREDS). TREDS, the first of its kind in Virginia, is a state-of-the-art traffic crash data system that automates and centralizes crash information from across the state. Its many benefits include the electronic submission of police crash reports, the electronic capture of GPS coordinates for reporting of specific crash locations, and the elimination of separate crash data repositories in multiple formats.
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Filed under: Data, Government, Technology, accident, data, open data, safety