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
IBM, DELCO ELECTRONICS, SEIKO
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