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Preliminary program as of April 13, 2012

Workshop Moderator: Jim Baker, chair, technology committee, Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications

Tuesday, April 17

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Jeffrey Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration
  • John Slama, group manager systems engineering, Bay Area Rapid Transit

9:00 a.m.

General Session – Overview of Current ITS and Other Communications Issues

The purpose of this session is for industry experts from both the transit and the larger telecommunications industry to present the state of the practice in communications technologies. The best practices of other industries will be of interest because of their potential impact on the transportation and transit industry.

  • Narrowbanding, Spectrum Reallocation, Public Safety and LTE in the 700 MHz Band
    • Alan Tilles, attorney, Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.
    • Barry Einsig, market director, Harris Corporaton
  • DSRC and Connected Vehicle Communications in the 5.8/5.9 GHz Band
    • Wei-Bin Zhang, research engineer, California PATH

10:30 a.m.

Morning Break

10:45 a.m.

Current ITS Issues, Continued

  • Positive Train Control in the 220 MHz Band
    • Karl Witbeck, senior associate, Stantec Consulting Services, Inc.
  • Passenger Information – Wi-Fi, APIs for Mass Transit, Transit 511
    • Tim Moore, principal marketing representative, Bay Area Rapid Transit
  • On-Board Wi-Fi
    • Jim Baker, chair, technology committee, Joint Council on Transit Wireless Communications

12:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:15 p.m.

Agency Perspectives on Communications Issues

Transportation agencies present their perspectives on how ITS communications issues are affecting their implementation of long-range plans. This session will take both the broad view from the regional aspect, as well as the local implantation aspect at the transit agency level.

  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission Perspective
    • Melanie Crotty, director for operations and technology, Metropolitan Transportation Commission
  • Commuter and Heavy Rail Experience
    • Angela Miller, chief technology and sustainability officer, North County Transit District
  • SF Park Wireless Parking Communications Initiative
    • Mariana Parreiras, principal administrative analyst, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
  • Multi-modal Communications Needs and Approaches
    • Joseph Perez, Advanced Communications and Information Systems Project Manager, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
    • Phil Collins, project manager, CH2M Hill

2:30 p.m.


2:45 p.m.

Transit Connected Vehicle Program

This session will describe the specific telecommunications needs required for the Connected Vehicle program. This includes presentations from and discussions with manufacturers of carry-in (aftermarket) and/or in-vehicle manufacturers, and roadside equipment manufacturers.

  • USDOT Perspective
    • Jeffrey Spencer, ITS Team Leader, Federal Transit Administration
  • USDOT Perspective
    • Edward Fok, transportation technologies specialist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Roadside Equipment Update
    • Ravi Puvvala, chief executive officer, Savari Networks
  • Aftermarket Safety Devices Update
    • Roger Berg, vice president, wireless technologies, Denso International America, Inc.

4:00 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, April 18

7:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

International Report

This session will showcase cutting-edge developments related to wireless communications in transit outside the United States. It will showcase multimodal/multi-operator integration as well as public-private partnerships.

  • European
    • Christoph Herzog, chief operating officer, BLIC North America, Inc.

10:00 a.m.

Conclusions and Overview

Topics from Day-1 of the conference will be brought together to lay out a view of where the industry is headed and point to needs and success of transit communications around the world. Any next steps and/or action items will be discussed during this concluding session.

11:00 a.m.


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