April 2009 Posts

Low-Cost Data Collection with Big Results

April 19, 2009

Devices so common to modern life – cell phones, MP3 players, and other electronics –have a unique identifier known as a media access control (MAC) address. Think of it as a digital fingerprint. The address is broadcast from a device, allowing it to interact with other digital devices. Now imagine measuring the speed and start and end points of a sample of vehicles on a road, in real time, using this automated, low-cost yet accurate technology. KAI is doing just that, capturing the time and location of these devices to determine traffic performance in real-time or near real-time.

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Technology Helps Professionals Share Information and Engage Stakeholders

April 14, 2009

The reaches of technological advancements continually evolve and grow, expanding the depth of resources available to transportation professionals. Technology, as a means for clearly communicating complex ideas and solutions, is invaluable for collecting and sharing data. Researchers use technology to synthesize data in a clearly communicative way, and when made user-friendly this information can inform stakeholders and other members of the public to address their needs. Whether it's widespread urban planning or improving traffic flow along a corridor, many evolving tools are helping transportation professionals conduct research and present it in an understandable and meaningful way.

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Mapping Website Gives Public Direct Role in Trail Project

April 09, 2009

Written by Kyle Meyer

Everyone communicates, and we do it to exchange information. Some of it is important (e.g., these are the directions to the hospital) and some is not (e.g., my dog’s name is Beef). When information exchange is important, when we need to be certain we make it to the hospital, introducing structure to the exchange of information becomes significant; would you trust your Uncle Roy for directions, or would you trust Google Maps?

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