Every year, the American Public Works Association (APWA) hosts the North American Snow Conference, a national gathering dedicated to all aspects of snow and ice removal. Featuring four days of networking, education, and exhibitions, “the Show for Snow” highlights all the latest industry trends and technologies. This year the conference will bring over 1,500 winter maintenance professionals to Cincinnati, OH, from May 4-7, 2014 for a wide array of snow-related activities.
In addition to educational sessions and technical tours, the Snow Conference features an exhibit floor, where over 130 companies will showcase innovative products, equipment, and services. The exhibit floor will also feature a New Product Showcase and an Exhibitor Solutions Theater, where exhibiting companies will hold 45-minute technical presentations.
Delcan Technologies is proud to be an exhibitor at the 2014 Snow Conference. We hope you’ll stop by and see us at our booth as you browse the exhibit floor!
Parsons is pleased to announce that it has acquired Delcan Technologies Inc., a products firm focused on providing innovative transportation solutions to the Intelligent Transportation Systems market. Delcan Technologies Inc. is a strategic addition to Parsons and signals the firm’s intent to expand its geographic footprint as well as its service and product offerings in transportation, one of the corporation’s four key market areas. This transaction furthers Parsons’ ongoing commitment to the application of technology to provide the most safe and efficient roadways possible.
Delcan Technologies Inc. has extensive expertise in creating reliable, off-the-shelf products and possesses an unmatched expertise in National Transportation Communication for ITS Protocol (NTCIP) based deployments, positioning the firm as the leader in standards-based, technology driven projects. Delcan Technologies Inc.’s expertise will be enhanced by Parson’s geographic reach, international experience, and industry knowledge.
“This bold step forward solidifies Parsons’ commitment to providing the most efficient roadways possible and the expansion of our transportation business line as well as our suite of technology offerings,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons Chairman and CEO. “Moreover, the shared heritage of Parsons and Delcan Technologies Inc. combined with our shared values further strengthens the strategic and cultural fit of the organizations.”
An acknowledged leader in ITS, Delcan Technologies Inc. will further strengthen Parsons’ offerings in this area across all markets.
“Delcan Technologies Inc. has long prided itself on working with the most talented customers and colleagues in the industry. We are passionate about delivering innovative products and believe that this acquisition will allow us to accomplish these worthy goals on an even greater scale,” said Jim Kerr, Chairman and CEO of Delcan. “I look forward to working with Parsons to ensure that our customers continue to receive the best service possible.”
Harrington added, “We’re enthusiastic to welcome our new colleagues to the Parsons team. They are innovative and technically savvy, and this combination will enable us to achieve even greater success.”
With revenues of $3 billion in 2013, Parsons is one of the largest transportation planning, engineering, and construction firms in the world, having successfully delivered 10,000+ miles of roads and highways, 4,500+ bridges, and 400+ airports worldwide. The corporation’s extensive portfolio of diverse transportation projects includes rail and transit, road and highway, bridge and tunnel, and aviation infrastructure. Parsons’ expertise encompasses all phases of transportation engineering operations, from the initial planning stage through final design, construction, commissioning, maintenance, and financing.
Parsons, celebrating nearly 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets, with a focus on transportation, environmental/infrastructure, defense/security, and resources. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com.
Traffic technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with new developments influencing everything from vehicles to the infrastructure itself. Here are some recent videos and news articles on traffic technology to keep you up-to-date on the latest trends and developments.
Spurred on by developments in WiFi communications, vehicle-to-vehicle (v2v) communication systems offer dramatic safety benefits for marginal costs. New studies have prompted the US Department of Transportation to propose regulations requiring v2v technology in all new vehicles.
Inrix’s seventh annual Traffic Scorecard Report provides statistics that highlight the growing need for intelligent transportation solutions and connected car technologies. During 2013, traffic congestion increased in 61 metropolitan areas, a significant shift from 2012, when only six cities experienced an increase.
Peter Sweatman, Chairman of the ITS America Leadership Circle, testified before the House T&I Committee on the importance of federal surface transportation safety grants. He also highlighted the need for collaboration between the government and private sector in developing new technologies.
This spring break season, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is using Bluetooth and WiFi technology to calculate ferry wait times at the busy Port Aransas ferry crossing near Corpus Christi, Texas. Using variable message signs (VMS) and signals from Bluetooth- and WiFi-enabled sensors, they hope to help travelers make more informed decisions about alternate routes during peak travel times.
A new report issued by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) revealed a decline in pedestrian deaths for the first time in nearly five years. The report highlights the importance of reducing distractions and speeding near areas of heavy pedestrian traffic.
Nissan recently unveiled a ‘Smart’ rearview mirror that uses a high-resolution camera and an LCD screen to provide increased visibility and awareness of traffic conditions. The mirror also allows the driver to switch between an LCD monitor and a conventional mirror.