So What Is An Intelligent Transportation System?

TDOT’s Intelligent Transportation System is called called TDOT SmartWay. We use live video cameras to monitor the roads from Traffic Management Centers (TMCs) across the state. You also have seen our large electronic message boards which provide urgent traffic notices and safety messages to drivers.
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Requirements Of Electronic On Board Recorders Could Greatly Transform The Way Transportation Moves I

by: Brad Hollister

The trucking marketplace may be under relentless tension from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)’s desire to implement a lengthy list of legislation. The sweeping reform from the present administration as overseen by Secretary Ray Lahood has introduced a significant number of brand new regulations from environmental restrictions to safety guidelines along with many much more. One of these new restrictions would be alarming enough, yet multiple controversial restrictions have hit the freight marketplace and or been considered by the FMCSA in recent months. The combination of many of these however has caused and will continue to cause pressure on drivers to be able to make a viable living driving trucks on the road in the upcoming years.

One such law includes the discussion of requiring Electronic On Board Recorders to monitor drivers. With Electronic On Board Recorder (EOBR)’s, third parties are able to determine and record the precise running time of a truck from a single device installed in the driver’s cab. The goal of such a program is to monitor the actual driving time of each driver remotely so that log books and driving hours no longer have to be kept and accurate record keeping can be achieved. Obviously, there is a strong debate regarding implementation of the EOBR’s and the have an impact on such measures can have on the US freight marketplace.

The EOBR regulation will come into effect as early as 1st June 2012. According to this rule the independent truck drivers and transportation transportation companies who violate the hours of service guideline can be needed to install electronic on board recorders in their trucks. The FMCSA has taken a defensive stance on the topic of EOBR’s. The Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration has reported that only repeat offenders of current driving standards will be required to install the Electronic On Board Recorders in their trucks. The FMCSA estimates this amounts to only 10 percent of all truck drivers being needed to have EOBR’s monitor their driving activities. The purpose of an EOBR will be to record the location where the duty is changed and where the truck is moving. Drivers violating the safety procedures will have the option to maintain the information on the recorder but the recorder will be programmed to keep the original as well as fed information intact for future use. The information will be digitally recorded so that in case of any mishap the safety officials can retrieve the data. Paper log books currently perform many of the duties which are to be replaced by the implementation of EOBR’s. The EOBR will keep track of all operational and functional processes; record the truck loading and unloading time with location, as well as all operation time, and other stops both scheduled and accidental. The EOBR’s will also store the time the driver is resting or off the road so that all resting periods and break periods can be properly documented and accounted for.

Many Carriers, Truckers, as well as Marketplace Associations like the Owner Operator Independent Truck Drivers Association (OOIDA) are very opposing the passing of this controversial new requirement. Many drivers believe the paper logs are as effective as the recorder and that the recorder will hinder in the day to day life of a driver and affect his privacy. Truck Drivers who are repeat offenders of the Hours of Service guidelines may be the first to be needed to install the EOBR’s in their truck cabs. EOBR’s could greatly impact the way that much more than 6,000 fleets operation and also effect the lives of greater than four million truck drivers as the EOBR’s turn out to be more widely implemented inside the industry as well as effect a lot more drivers along with freight carriers.

The truckers or freight carriers and also freight carrier fleets who voluntarily installed the Electronic On Board Recorder in their trucks have discovered the device useful along with convenient. Some truck drivers have reported the device has produced a convenient way to manage their work time more effectively. Truck Drivers no understand the exact time they need to drive the truck along with how a lot time they have to dispatch loads and find freight for their empty trucks. Truck Drivers will drive the truck for 14 hours and sleep for 10 hours, resulting in total time driving the truck to be no much more than 70 hours a week. This way freight dispatchers can plan which available loads they should get loaded. Truck Drivers can also not sit idle as well as waste their valuable drive time waiting to get loaded at truck stops or other rig parking locations. After Truck Drivers complete the unloading dispatchers can ensure the drivers are rested as well as don’t have trucker fatigue just before giving them freight access towards the freight marketplace of freight loads.

In the event of accidents, the FMCSA believes the data recorded on the EOBR’s will determine whether a driver was guilty or not of Inattentive driving. The EOBR will identify whether the truck driver was out of Hours of Service (HOS) at the time the accident occurred. The implementation for these Electronic On Board Monitoring Devices can be tough to get accustomed to inside the beginning but may definitely change the way that the industry operates by forcing drivers to think twice about violating their Hours of Service (HOS). This legislation in addition to several other should continue to put pressure on truck drivers along with make the workplace less enjoyable and also much more restricted as time goes on.

About the Author

Brad Hollister is an Seasoned Freight Executive with Freight Access (Freight and Director of Business Development for Freight Access, Inc. Hollister possesses a appreciation for Business Development by means of innovation, process improvement, and implementation of the most recent technologies. Feel free to contact him with any kind of inquiries, opportunities, or ideas ( or (312) 450-3020.

Brad Hollister.

Cubic Transportation Systems Receives $27 Million Contract from New York MTA to Deliver Hardware System for MTA Bus Time

San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) March 18, 2013

Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of transportation technology and services provider for intelligent travel solutions, has been awarded a contract for nearly $ 27 million from the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build and integrate the Bus Hardware System for MTA Bus Time®, the authority’s Customer Information System for bus location and arrival times that will be accessible to riders using an internet browser-based map, a mobile phone-based application and a text message-based service.

As part of the Bus Hardware System, Cubic will deliver its new Mobile Validator that will function as the on-board computer and bus location device for the system.

The MTA is rolling out the GPS-based system across the remaining three boroughs after last year’s successful launch in Staten Island and the Bronx. Cubic will install the MTA’s Bus Hardware System on approximately 3,800 buses serving Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. MTA Bus Time was implemented on the Staten Island and Bronx bus fleets last year by a different supplier, in keeping with the MTA’s decision to have at least two suppliers on the program.

About Cubic Transportation Systems

Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is part of Cubic Corporation. Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments: Defense Systems, Mission Support Services and Transportation Systems. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and defense electronics. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for U.S. and allied nations.

Cubic® Transportation Systems, Inc., is a leading integrator of payment and information technology and services for intelligent travel solutions. Cubic delivers integrated solutions that help transport operators manage their operations and services and give passengers choices in the smartest and easiest ways to pay their fares. Cubic specializes in design, development, manufacture, supply, installation, integration, services and information. Services provided by Cubic include on-site management, central systems, operations support, patron support, business support and field services.

Every year, nearly 10 billion rides are taken worldwide using Cubic payment and information systems. Cubic has delivered over 400 projects in 40 major markets on five continents. Active projects include London; Brisbane (Southeast Queensland) region, Australia; New York/New Jersey region; Washington, D.C. /Baltimore/Virginia region; Los Angeles region; San Diego region; San Francisco region; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Chicago; Atlanta region; Miami (South Florida) region; Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada; Sydney (New South Wales), Australia; Germany; and Scandinavia.

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CradlePoint Introduces the COR IBR1100 to the European Transportation Market at Euro Bus Expo 2014

Birmingham, United Kingdom and Boise, Idaho (PRWEB UK) 4 November 2014

CradlePoint, the global leader in secure, cloud-managed, 3G/4G/LTE networking solutions for distributed enterprises, today announced the immediate availability of the CradlePoint COR IBR1100 for Europe. Ruggedised and compact, the COR IBR1100, which is E-Mark certified for in-vehicle equipment, is engineered to support and scale to the unique challenges of networking in industries such as transportation, oil and gas, utilities, and digital signage. CradlePoint is demonstrating the COR IBR1100 as a cloud-managed, in-vehicle networking solution at the 2014 Euro Bus Expo (Stand #J15).

“The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 is specifically designed to meet the rigors of the diverse and evolving applications in the transportation industry,” said Jim Lahey, Vice President and Managing Director of EMEA Operations at CradlePoint. “CradlePoint’s delivery of the COR IBR1100 capitalises on the growing demand for high bandwidth connectivity provided by 4G LTE, yet provides a fallback to 3G and 2G for seamless coverage. The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 delivers reliable wireless connectivity that streamlines operational efficiency and improves the customer experience for CradlePoint’s growing worldwide customer base.”

Whether for a fleet of buses, coaches, heavy industrial equipment or emergency services vehicles; the use of wireless is growing as digital video systems, GPS, WiFi, credit card processing, and other cloud-based applications are relied upon to streamline operations and improve the customer experience. The CradlePoint COR IBR1100 provides reliable and trusted wireless connectivity packaged in a compact and ruggedised case that endures extreme temperatures, high vibration, and wiring and electrical issues often found in vehicle deployments.

The COR IBR1100 series, like all CradlePoint networking solutions, can be managed via Enterprise Cloud Manager – a cloud-based, real-time monitoring, management, and application solution for the entirety of the mobile data fleet. This platform allows fleet vehicle IT staff a zero-touch solution for network deployment, real-time configuration changes, firmware updates, troubleshooting, status monitoring, and alerting. Cloud management greatly reduces IT overhead for maintenance and significantly decreases the need for vehicles to be “out of service” for updates and network configuration.

Developed to withstand the challenges of the mass transit and in-vehicle networking markets, the CradlePoint COR IBR1100’s high bandwidth and support of dual SIM card connectivity powers mission-critical applications with confidence. Using a modern-day bus fleet as an example, the COR IBR1100 allows buses to process payments, power bus driver tablets, manage interior and exterior digital signage, as well as deliver secure, segmented passenger and driver WiFi.

Specific differentiating features of the CradlePoint COR IBR1100 include:

    Cloud management to support remote device monitoring and configuration
    Certified 3G/4G/LTE enterprise-grade internal modems with secure dual SIM card access
    Active GPS support to monitor fleets and track assets
    High performance WiFi with dual-band, dual concurrent 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
    Ruggedised for shock, vibrations, splash, and extreme temperatures (-30°C to +70°C)
    Wide DC voltage input range (9-36V DC)
    Ignition-sensing for power control
    Built-in transient and reverse polarity voltage protection
    Advanced security

The CradlePoint COR family also includes the COR IBR600 series, which is relied upon for broad connectivity within demanding applications, including kiosks and digital signage. CradlePoint’s introduction of the COR IBR1100 further extends CradlePoint’s market leadership in the machine-to-machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), digital signage, and the connected transportation market with a cloud-managed solution that provides unparalleled monitoring, management, and security for a distributed deployment.

Today’s announcement builds upon CradlePoint’s growing presence within EMEA. CradlePoint expanded operations with the opening of a European Headquarters outside of London and the hiring of Jim Lahey.

CradlePoint will be showcasing the CradlePoint COR IBR1100LP3-EU at the Euro Bus Expo 4-6 November 2014 at the NEC Birmingham, in Birmingham, United Kingdom (Stand #J15). To receive a briefing or to learn more about CradlePoint’s suite of M2M and IoT solutions, please visit the CradlePoint website at

About CradlePoint

CradlePoint is the global leader in secure, cloud-managed 3G/4G/LTE networking solutions for distributed enterprises. Specialising in business continuity, advanced edge routing solutions, M2M, and primary connections, CradlePoint’s award-winning solutions are purpose-built for PCI-compliant networks. CradlePoint was the first to lead and fully enable high-speed 4G LTE solutions to maximise the potential of the cloud for organisations worldwide. CradlePoint is a privately held company with headquarters in Boise, Idaho and the United Kingdom. Learn more at or follow us on Twitter @CradlePoint and @CradlePointUK.

JBG and TransitScreen Partner on Real-Time Transportation Displays

Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 21, 2014

TransitScreen, a Washington, D.C.-based transportation technology firm, has signed its largest-ever real estate agreement with The JBG Companies, a fully integrated investment, management and development firm located in Chevy Chase, MD. The agreement will provide real-time transportation displays in JBG properties across the Washington Metropolitan region, making it possible for residents and office tenants to see live information on public transit conditions in their areas.

The large display screens will be mounted in building lobbies and will track current schedules and conditions for Metro, Metro bus, car2go service, as well as Capital Bikeshare. TransitScreen recently completed a successful six-month pilot with a live dashboard in JBG’s corporate headquarters.

“The TransitScreen service quickly became a tool for our staff,” said Rod Lawrence, a JBG partner. “We were able to judge things like whether Metro would get us to a mid-day meeting on time or if we should adjust an evening commute. Given our transit-oriented portfolio, this real-time information will prove invaluable to our residents and office workers. It is a great support in our work to create active and sustainable destinations, and we’re excited to add this reliable service.”

Last year, JBG created its own real-time transit displays at four residential buildings that operated with mixed results. The search for external solutions led them to TransitScreen.

To date, TransitScreen has worked primarily with city transit agencies, large employers and property management firms. This agreement represents the largest real estate project for TransitScreen and is an enormous validation for the growing company’s products and services.

“We are thrilled to work with JBG, the preeminent D.C.-area’s investor, owner and developer,” said TransitScreen cofounder Ryan Croft. “Given JBG’s commitment to transit-oriented developments and sustainability, we think it’s a natural fit. We will work together to improve access to sustainable transportation and promote walkable, bike-friendly, and transit-oriented communities.”

The JBG installation will be conducted in phases. The first phase will begin this fall and expects to have TransitScreen displays in dozens of residential and commercial properties by early next year. JBG’s portfolio includes 23.6 million square feet of office, residential, hotel and retail space.

About The JBG Companies

Headquartered in Chevy Chase, Md., The JBG Companies is a private real estate development firm that develops, owns and manages office, residential, hotel and retail properties. The company has more than $ 10 billion in assets under management and development in the Washington, DC area. Since 1960, JBG has been active in the communities where it invests, striving to make a positive impact. More information can be found by visiting the company’s website:, or by calling 240.333.3600.

About TransitScreen

TransitScreen is a privately held transportation software and digital signage company and a pioneer in providing real-time transit information displays. The TransitScreen service is a live, real-time display of all transportation options at a specific location (including subway, bus, train, bikeshare, and carshare). Founded in 2012, TransitScreen makes transit information more accessible, viewable and engaging so that commuters, visitors, residents and employees can make informed transit decisions. TransitScreen is a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) solution to create sustainable, walkable, bike-friendly cities of the future and inform citizens, promote behavior change, and reduce parking and traffic on city streets. Today, thousands of people live and work in institutions, organizations, companies and shops displaying TransitScreen’s multimodal transit information. TransitScreen is based in Washington, DC with offices in San Francisco and Chicago.