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GTiMA Attending the International Technical Working Group on The IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework

Gaithersburg, MDGaithersburg, MD | DateMarch 24, 2016

GTiMA is joining the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) and partners in an international technical working group to develop the IoT-enabled smart city framework.  The goal of this working group is to solve the two main barriers that currently exist in the development of effective and powerful smart city solutions: first, many current smart city ICT deployments are based on custom systems that are not interoperable, portable across cities, extensible, or cost-effective; second, a number of architectural design efforts are currently underway (e.g. ISO/IEC JTC1, IEC, IEEE, ITU and consortia) but have not yet converged, creating uncertainty among stakeholders.

President Robert Fischer pointed out that “there is a lack of consensus on a common taxonomy and smart city architectural principles.  While a number of architectural efforts are currently underway, they have not yet converged. The results of these various groups are likely to generate standards outputs that are divergent, or even contradictory, which do not serve the global community well.”

NIST and its partners are convening an international public working group to identify a consensus framework of common architectural features. The working group will produce a white paper that will provide a common, voluntary, consensus taxonomy and common architectural principles that can align these existing efforts and  produce a complementary, coherent, taxonomy and common architectural principles that will support interoperable and portable smart applications.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

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GTiMA Attending the 2nd International Technical Working Group on The IoT-Enabled Smart City Framework

Rome, ItalyRome, Italy | DateApril 14, 2016

GTiMA is joining the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA) and partners in the second international technical working group on the IoT-enabled smart city framework.  The goal of this working group is to solve the two main barriers that currently exist in the development of effective and powerful smart city solutions: first, many current smart city ICT deployments are based on custom systems that are not interoperable, portable across cities, extensible, or cost-effective; second, a number of architectural design efforts are currently underway (e.g. ISO/IEC JTC1, IEC, IEEE, ITU and consortia) but have not yet converged, creating uncertainty among stakeholders.

GTiMA President Robert Fischer said, “while there are a number of architectural efforts currently underway, they have not yet converged, leading to a lack of consensus on a common taxonomy and smart city architectural principles. The results of these various groups are likely to generate standards outputs that are divergent, or even contradictory, which does not serve the global community well.”

ENEA and its partners are convening an international public working group to identify a consensus framework of common architectural features. The working group will produce a white paper that will provide a common, voluntary, consensus taxonomy and common architectural principles that will support interoperable and portable smart applications.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems.  In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

GTiMA Attending the 11th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management

Minneapolis, MNMinneapolis, MN | DateJuly 11, 2016

As part of a broader effort to explore the evolving relationship between government transportation asset management and the emerging autonomous vehicle industry, GTiMA Board of Directors are attending the National Conference of Transportation Asset Management.

Steve Caya, Board Member and Head of Production at Roadview, Inc., said he believes “there is a real opportunity to align the base map technology being explored by the autonomous vehicle industry with the needs of departments of transportation and their asset management systems.” He added, “this conference is an excellent forum to meet face-to-face with government officials at the state and federal level to better understand exactly what their needs are.”

Robert Fischer, President of GTiMA, said “the highly touted base map currently being promoted by auto manufacturers like Google and BMW can serve two functions: it can enable the car to know precisely where it is on the road while simultaneously providing departments of transportation a window into the quality of our roadways. This is a classic two birds with one stone situation, but the key is that both systems – the car base map and the DOT asset management system – must be compatible.”

The Transportation Research Board is sponsoring the 11th National Conference on Transportation Asset Management on July 10-12, 2016, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The conference is expected to cover a broad range of topics on surface transportation modes of interest to agencies in the early stages of implementation of asset management as well as agencies that are in later stages of the implementation process.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

GTiMA Attending the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting

Washington, DCWashington, DC | DateJanuary 08, 2017

The meeting’s program will cover all transportation modes in more than 5,000 presentations, and will address topics of interest to policymakers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. More than 800 sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2017 meeting: Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change.

Raymond Mandli, GTiMA Board Member and President of Mandli Communications, is excited by the opportunity to “learn more about the convergence between the autonomous vehicle industry and the smart city movement.” Mandli said that “there is no doubt that autonomous vehicle technology will be a major component of our smartest cities. How we test and validate the safety of AV technology is up for debate, and Mandli Communications is proud to be part of the debate.”

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 96th Annual Meeting will be held January 8–12, 2017, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The information-packed program is expected to attract more than 12,000 transportation professionals from around the world.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

GTiMA Partners with UW Autonomous Vehicle Proving Ground to Develop Autonomous Vehicle Test and Validation Procedures

Madison, WIMadison, WI | DateFebruary 09, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx recently designated The University of Wisconsin-Madison as one of ten Proving Ground Pilot Sites intended to encourage testing and information sharing around automated vehicle technologies. UW-Madison’s proving ground, using procedures developed in partnership with GTiMA, will foster innovations that can safely transform personal and commercial mobility, expand capacity, and open new doors to disadvantaged people and communities.

Robert Fischer, President of GtiMA, said that he’s eager to get to work, and added, “having proving grounds here in Madison gives us an exciting opportunity — we’ll be able to get a head-start on understanding what the best approach may be for big data usage, while working with our partners to develop a community of practice around automated vehicle research.”

Steve Caya, GTiMA Board Member and Head of Production at Roadview, Inc., said, “we plan to work as a team with our partners to share best practices when it comes to safety as we carry out these essential tests. This will allow our group to learn more quickly, which will allow us to help inform the general public of these practices more quickly — and that will, we hope, speed up the pace of AV deployment.”

Designees were selected from a competitive group of over 60 applicants. Applicants included academic institutions, state Departments of Transportation, cities, and private entities and partnerships.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

GTiMA to Attend SPAR 3D Expo & Conference

Houston, TXHouston, TX | DateMarch 27, 2017

Ray Mandli, GTiMA board member and President of Mandli Communications, along with Steve Caya, fellow GTiMA board member and Head of Production at Mandli Communications, will attend the upcoming SPAR 3D Expo & Conference, which is billed as the premier international event for the application of 3D technology and industry, this April.

Ray Mandli will be one of the speakers at the conference, presenting “New Approach to 3D Modeling: NCAA Division I Cross Country Course” during the “Unique Applications” forum.

“We’re looking forward to showcasing what we’ve done with LiDAR,” Mandli said. “With new technology, you’ve got to get creative, and that’s what we did in assisting the University of Wisconsin in their bid to host the NCAA Cross Country championship run.”

“LiDAR’s precision allowed us to create a map of the course that is truly innovative,” Caya added. “And it could enable people to watch the race virtually, turning cross country into a spectator sport.”

In addition to Mandli’s presentation, the group will have an exhibit at the expo. They’ll be setting up shop at booth 705. “We’re looking forward to interfacing with other people in the industry,” Mandli said. “We have a great team and a multifaceted approach to LiDAR-based mapping, and we think 3D buffs are going to be very interested in what we’ve been doing.”

Since 2004, SPAR 3D has been showcasing best-in-class professional 3D products, from input to output technologies. Conference content covers 3D sensing, 3D processing and 3D visualization tools that are changing the landscape of how assets are managed, projects are pitched, and designs are created. As the global leader in 3D technology, SPAR 3D brings together the top hardware, software, and visualization solutions providers from across the globe under one roof for three action-packed days of education, exhibits and live demonstrations. Technologies explored include 3D devices from close and long range cameras, sensors and scanners to VR and 3D visualization and printing technologies.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

Caya Appointed To Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous Vehicles

Madison, WIMadison, WI | DateJune 15, 2017

Steve Caya, GTiMA board member and President of Roadview, Inc., has been appointed to the Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles in Wisconsin. The committee was created by executive order of Gov. Walker this May, with an aim toward advising him on how best to carry out testing and the eventual deployment of AVs in the state.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help bring about the birth of AVs in Wisconsin,” Caya said. “Autonomous vehicles have the potential to revolutionize industry with their cost-saving potential, and I think the sooner the state of Wisconsin begins to reap these benefits, the better.”

Caya added that safe testing of autonomous vehicles is a top priority, citing GTiMA’s partnership with the University of Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds.

20 people were appointed to the Governor’s committee, representing a cross-section of stakeholders from the state legislature to tech companies to interest groups. The committee will study how best to test AVs in real-world driving conditions across the state, reviewing state statutes and other administrative policies in order to discern if there are any regulatory roadblocks, and if there are, how best to address them in a safe, responsible manner.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

Fischer to Chair AV Governance Program at Wisconsin Proving Grounds

Madison, WIMadison, WI | DateJuly 20, 2017

Robert Fischer, GTiMA President, has been appointed as chair of the Program on AV Governance for the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds.

“I’m excited to get to work,” Fischer said. “A lot of people roll their eyes when they hear the phrase ‘government regulations’, but the fact is, we can’t test automated vehicles appropriately without understanding the regulatory framework first — and no test result will be complete without a recommendation on how regulations may need to change in light of this new technology.”

“Rob’s chairmanship of the governance program will be a boon to the project,” said Steve Caya, GTiMA board member and President of Roadview, Inc., who was named as the chair of the Program on AV Infrastructure. “His background and knowledge set him up perfectly as an expert on the intersection of technology and government regulations.”

The proving grounds is set up as a series of working groups on issues like certification, data security, and shared mobility. These working groups are all overseen by chairs of three overarching programs: Technology, Infrastructure, and Governance. The governance program pays close attention to policy, standards, public acceptance, certification, and developing a regulatory framework for AV technology and connected infrastructure.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

Caya, Fischer Attend Kickoff Meeting of Governor’s Steering Committee on AVs

Madison, WIMadison, WI | DateSeptember 13, 2017

Steve Caya, GTiMA board member and President of Roadview, Inc., attended the first meeting of the Governor’s AV steering committee today. Caya was appointed to the committee in June. Robert Fischer, GTiMA President, also attended the meeting as an observer.

“This is the first mile-marker on a long road,” Caya said, “but I’m more optimistic than ever that we will figure out a way to safely begin to test, and then roll out, autonomous vehicles in the State of Wisconsin.”

Today’s initial meeting, which took place in the State Capitol building in the chambers of the Senate Finance Committee, featured opening remarks by Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WISDOT) Secretary Dave Ross, a discussion of mission and goals led by State Representatives Neylon and Kuglitsch, an introduction to AV issues from Daniel Yeh of WISDOT, and an overview of AV testing from Dr. David Noyce, head of the TOPS lab at UW-Madison (the site of the state’s AV proving grounds).

The group agreed to work within the framework established by SAE International — the separation of degrees of autonomy in vehicles by a designation of levels 1 through 6 — and set their schedules to meet on the second Wednesday of each month for the next year.

The Geospatial Transportation Information Management Association (GTiMA) works to promote sustainable economic growth by improving the management of transportation systems. In concert with its membership and industry partners, GTiMA develops and sponsors industry standards, best practices and legislative policies that advance the selection and use of geospatial transportation mapping technology in three key areas: smart grid solutions, autonomous vehicle solutions, and smart city solutions.

Contact: 202.568.2273

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