IBM, DELCO ELECTRONICS, SEIKO

 Telecommunication and partners announce "hands on" plan for commute of  the future  Business Editors  ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 18, 1994--The commute of the future  is at hand, said a consortium of private and public organizations that  will display "intelligent" electronic traffic and commute services on  wrist watches, portable computers and car stereos.    The consortium, involving consumer and electronics industry giants,  announced it has received $5.5 million in state and federal government  funding to test a high-speed FM subcarrier data broadcast system for  disseminating en route information to consumers through affordable,  reliable, multi-use devices.  The long-term goal for this test is to  help drivers and commuters determine the most time-efficient and  cost-effective ways to reach their destinations, while reducing  congestion on the country's busy streets and highways.   This group, called the Seattle Consortium for IVHS (Intelligent  Vehicle Highway Systems) Technologies, consists of International  Business Machines Inc. (IBM), Delco Electronics Corp., Seiko  Telecommunication Systems Inc., the Washington State Department of  Transportation, the University of Washington, the King County  Department of Metropolitan Services, Etak Inc., and Metro Traffic  Control.    Working together, these organizations will make the following  types of information available on familiar mass market products:   -- Descriptions of major traffic incidents, road construction sites  and major highway lane volume;   -- City maps with mass transit vehicle locations;   -- Car navigation information based on a Global Positioning System;   -- Route schedules for buses, ferries and other mass transit  options;   -- Automated ride-share programs that match people to car pools;   -- Personal information services (paging messages, weather  forecasts, sports scores, ski condition reports, winning lottery  numbers, etc.) for keeping people in touch when on the go.   The two-year test, worth more than $7 million, is unique in that it  will add traffic and commute services to existing products, rather than  create new, dedicated, single-function IVHS products which can be  costly to consumers.  The consortium will simply enhance products that  are commonly used throughout the day for business or personal reasons.   The test will be conducted in the Seattle metropolitan area.   This test is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's IVHS  Strategic Plan aimed at improving the operational efficiency of the  nation's surface transportation system.  This strategic plan is  expected to require a public infrastructure investment on the order of  $40 billion over the next 20 years.  End-user spending for products and  services over that same period could reach $170 billion or more,  depending on market response.  The Seattle Consortium test will be the  first to integrate existing technologies with traveler information  from multiple services and will deliver this IVHS information in  real-time to a variety of affordable and easy-to-use multiple-purpose  devices.   Just as radios receive music via FM radio waves, the devices under  the Seattle Consortium test will receive and display data from FM  subcarrier radio signals.  The communications backbone that will  transmit data for this IVHS test is the High Speed Data System (HSDS)  wireless networking protocol developed by Seiko Telecommunication  Systems Inc.  The company's HSDS system is currently under evaluation  by the National Radio Standards Committee to become the standard for  high speed FM subcarrier data broadcast systems.  This FM  subcarrier-based network will transmit traffic and commute information  to devices housing the Advanced Communication and Timekeeping  Technology (ACTT) data receiver chip set, also developed by Seiko  Telecommunication Systems.   The consumer devices that will incorporate the ACTT data receiver  chip set as part of this test include an IBM portable personal  computer, a Delco Electronics in-vehicle radio receiver and the  MessageWatch from Seiko Telecommunication Systems.  Each of these  products will have different capabilities, as described below:  IBM Portable Personal Computer -- An HSDS communications module  will be attached to the portable computer so it can receive and display  alphanumeric travel information transmitted over the network.  In  addition to standard personal computer functionality, the product will  offer:   -- Road network maps displaying real-time traffic conditions (in  text and/or graphics)   -- Mass transit schedules  -- Real-time mass transit vehicle locations   -- Automated ride-share information   -- Suggested routes to key destinations   -- Paging messages and personal information services  Delco Electronics Car Radio Receiver -- The HSDS module will be  integrated into the Delco Electronics Radio Receiver, making this  product a quality car radio that also offers alphanumeric displays of:   -- Vehicle location and guidance (using a Global Positioning System  enhanced by differential GPS correction information)   -- Traffic congestion and incident messages localized to the  current vehicle location and the intended route of travel   -- Paging messages and personal information services   Seiko Telecommunication Systems MessageWatch -- An electronic  timepiece, pager and personal data receiver in a wrist watch.  The  model used for this test will display two lines of 12 alphanumeric  characters and will offer a scrolling button to view multiple screens.   Features include:   -- Traffic incident reports localized to areas of interest to users   -- Paging messages and personal information services   For this Seattle-based test, these products will be supported by  information provided by the following organizations:   Washington State Department of Transportation -- will gather and  process traffic data for transmission.   King County Department of Metropolitan Services -- will provide bus  location data and mass transit schedule information.   University of Washington -- will provide the technical expertise  needed to prepare and format data collected from the above mentioned  organizations for sending to the end user devices.   Etak Inc. -- will provide digital map databases and software tools  for the Metro Traffic and IBM products for display of real-time traffic  and transit data, business listings for the Delco Electronics offering  and a geographic traffic data-entry terminal for Metro Traffic.   Metro Traffic Control -- will collect and provide traffic advisory  information relating to major traffic incidents.   The test will begin this year with official system design and  development and will run through the end of 1996.           For more information on each company's specific role in the Seattle  Consortium for IVHS Technologies test, contact the following people:   Delco Electronics Corp.                       Rob Leggat, Manager of Public Affairs            317/451-0657  Etak Inc.    Les Goldberg                                     714/545-3117    Larry Sweeney, VP, Government Programs           415/328-3825  International Business Machines    Denos Gazis, Assistant Director, Systems,               Technology and Science                           914/945-2176  King County Department of Metropolitan Services   Dan Williams                                     206/684-1151    Catherine Bradshaw, Capital Project Coordinator,    Sales & Customer Service                         206/684-1770  Metro Traffic Control                              415/974-1890   Joan Ravier, Director of Information Services    415/945-6855                                                       (pager)  Seiko Telecommunication Systems Inc.    Dan Stevens (Access PR)                          415/904-7070 x265    Mike Park, VP of Business and Network    Development                                      503/531-1517  University of Washington    Mark Haselkorn, Professor/Chairman,    Technical Communication College of Engineering   206/543-2577    Daniel J. Dailey, Professor    Department of Electrical Engineering             206/543-2493  Washington State Department of Transportation   Peter Briglia, IVHS Program Manager              206/543-3331   
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