ITS America Welcomes New President and CEO

GRIDSMART would like to welcome ITS America’s new President and Chief Executive Officer, Regina Hopper. The entire team at GRIDSMART is thrilled that Regina is bringing her experience and leadership to ITS America. We look forward to working with her on educating the public and policy makers on the importance of solving transportation challenges through innovative ITS solutions.

Regina is a veteran executive of major Washington industry associations. Her experience in public policy advocacy, communications, media and law spans the transportation, telecommunications and energy industries. Regina most recently served as president and CEO of America’s Natural Gas Alliance where she built operations from the ground up in Washington, D.C. and in 22 states. She also served as executive vice president of USTelecom and the American Trucking Associations where she oversaw internal operations, connected advocacy to non-dues revenue generation, and managed external policy advocacy and communications. She has been recognized as a Top Association CEO and lobbyist by CEO Update and The Hill.

Prior to her trade association work, Regina was a correspondent for CBS News where she earned an Emmy for investigative reporting on 48 Hours. She covered the George H.W. Bush and Clinton White Houses as well as breaking news for CBS network news programs and CBS Newspath.

ITS America Board Chairman Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), said Hopper’s background will advance the Board of Director’s goal of taking ITS America to new heights. “We are at an important juncture in the future of our nation’s transportation infrastructure. ITS America’s mission is to bring together the transportation, technology and research communities to further innovation and deployment of intelligent transportation technology. The board is confident Regina will advance ITS America’s advocacy positions by bringing these important policy opportunities to new audiences in dynamic ways.”

“It is an honor, professionally and personally, to be joining ITS America at this pivotal moment in the organization’s history. Advances in research and technology have ushered in a new era of transportation innovation that is dramatically improving vehicle and highway safety, reducing traffic congestion, improving mobility and creating cost-savings for the traveling public,” Hopper said. “Working with ITS America members and partners, we will create initiatives that will encourage further innovation and deployment and broaden the dialogue around how faster adoption of these high-tech solutions can begin to address our nation’s transportation challenges.”

A 2011 Johnson Fellow at the University of Arkansas, Hopper holds a Juris Doctorate and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arkansas. She currently serves as chairman of the Miss America Foundation.

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Board Member Learns About Sustainable Tourism in Costa Rica

Kef Kasdin, General Partner with Battelle Ventures, has served on the Board of Directors for GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. since 2007.

She is also involved with Rachel’s Network, a community of women at the intersection of environmental advocacy, philanthropy, and women’s leadership. With a mission to promote women as agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth, members meet with cutting-edge thinkers, build productive alliances, and connect with savvy, like-minded women to strengthen their leadership and effectiveness.

Kef recently participated in a trip with members of Rachel’s Network to Costa Rica where they learned about local efforts regarding a timely environmental theme, sustainable tourism. The trip was designed to highlight what Costa Rican businesses are doing to attract tourists to their country in a way that doesn’t harm the local environment.

The week-long trip had the members tour various parts of the country where sustainable work is taking place, including the Doka Estate coffee plantation and the Sibu artisan chocolate company, as well as notable landmarks, including Arenal Volcano and San Jose.

“It was interesting to learn how another culture is attracting tourists so businesses can thrive, but doing it in a way to preserve their environmental treasures,” said Kef.

Additionally, Kef noted that the Rachel’s Network members came away from their Costa Rica trip with inspiration for their projects back home and a practical understanding for the ways that human communities can live in harmony with their surroundings.

To learn more about Rachel’s Network, please visit http://rachelsnetwork.org/.

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At Arenal Volcano.

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Three Toed Sloth sighting!

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GRIDSMART Technology Can Prevent Pedestrian Fatalities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2015

CONTACT:
Lauren Jochum
GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.
(865) 466-3860
lauren.jochum@gridsmart.co

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GRIDSMART Technology Can Prevent Pedestrian Fatalities

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—As communities are being called by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to improve pedestrian and bicycle transportation safety in their communities through the “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets,” a Knoxville, Tennessee based company has developed and deployed technology that collects real-time traffic information that can be used to improve safety at intersections.

GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. makes the GRIDSMART System, a single-camera, tracking-based vision solution for actuation and data collection at intersections and highways.  The GRIDSMART System uses a single camera with an ultra-wide angle lens to track all movement in its field of view, which allows for real-time management of intersections, including detecting cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians while recording turning movements, vehicle counts, and vehicle lengths.  The system can even detect pedestrians or bicyclists moving through crosswalks.

“The GRIDSMART System makes intelligent decisions based on understanding how the different objects in the intersection are actually moving,” said Jeffery Price, Chief of Technology. “If the system detects a pedestrian or bicyclist moving in a crosswalk, for example, a signal can be sent to extend the pedestrian walk time or notify turning traffic to mitigate accidents.”

The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities have been on the rise in recent years and now represent nearly 17 percent of total fatalities.  The GRIDSMART System is an opportunity for communities of all sizes to deploy cost-effective technology that improves the safety and efficiency of their transportation network.

The GRIDSMART System is currently deployed in 22 countries and 36 states.  For more information about GRIDSMART, please visit www.gridsmart.com.

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Aldis, Inc. Announces Name Change To GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.

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Aldis, Inc. Announces Name Change To GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc.

Aldis, Inc., a leader in deploying smart, cost-effective technologies to improve the safety and efficiency of our transportation system, recently announced that the company is now GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. After a successful year in both product development and sales, GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. more accurately reflects the company’s goals, product line and identity.

“First and foremost, we decided to change the name to GRIDSMART to accentuate our true identify of “Traffic Control Freaks,” said William Malkes, Founder and CEO. “As our technology continues to evolve, we believe that Aldis does not accurately describe the world’s only single-camera, tracking-based vision solution for traffic management control.

GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. developed the GRIDSMART System, a single-camera, tracking-based vision solution for actuation and data collection at intersections and highways. The GRIDSMART System uses a single camera with an ultra-wide angle lens to track all movement in its field of view, which allows for real-time management of intersections, including tracking cars, trucks, bicycles and pedestrians while recording turning movements, vehicle counts, types of vehicles and pedestrians.

GRIDSMART Technologies, Inc. has operated out of Knoxville, Tennessee, since 2006. The GRIDSMART system is currently deployed in 22 countries and 36 states. For more information about GRIDSMART, please visit www.gridsmart.com.

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Is It Time To Bury The Loop?

The latest issue of Thinking Highways takes a look at the use of video detection technology as a more efficient method for traffic signal control over  inductive loops.  Bob McQueen’s statement, “It’s interesting that a much more cost-effective and modern technology has not been used on a larger number of intersections,” is directly in line with GRIDSMART’s philosophy of “See more.  Spend less.”  Great read!

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