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EV Advocates In Salem & ITS In The Forest, ITS – Part 3

February 11, 2010

We just finished a series of interviews with experts in the future of transportation at this week’s North West Transportation Conference. We will be posting the interviews starting next week.

In the meantime, below is a link to an article about Oregon’s advocates for Electric Vehicles and their recommendations on how the state can better support and grow the industry.

There’s also a video on an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) for the forestry and logging industry developed by Trimble Forestry Automation (formerly TDS) based in Corvallis.

From Sustainable Business Oregon comes this article.

Thursday, February 4, 2010,

Electric vehicle proponents urge Oregon to take the lead

by Andy Giegerich

Arcimoto Pulse in front of the Capitol Thursday.

A combination of new tax credits, government incentives and education and industry partnerships could help spark Oregon’s nascent electric vehicle cluster.

So say government and business leaders who’ll soon unveil ideas to urge economic development within the growing sector. The Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Working Group will make its economic development recommendations to Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who wants to attract more electric vehicle investment to the state. The group believes Oregon can grow on the backs of electric vehicle manufacturers and ancillary suppliers, such as technology companies that could create software and dashboard equipment to help operate the cars.

For full article…

As I mentioned in an earlier post I have had a long time interest in and experience working in ITS. One of the projects Sanda worked on over the few last years was launching Trimble’s Blue Ox forestry automation solution, which is ITS for the forestry and logging industry. Sanda helped with the product naming, logo design, marketing materials and created this video to tell the Blue Ox story to introduce the system to its industry.

Real-time automation boosts productivity and reduces costs—from the forest to the mill.

Transporting logs from a harvest site to a mill represents up to 51 percent of the total cost of forest products processing. That’s too much money at stake to risk having an inefficient transportation process. Now you can dramatically cut costs by increasing efficiency—with the new Blue Ox™ forestry automation system from Trimble.

The Blue Ox system collects and processes real-time data about your logging and trucking operations, and lets you use that information to your best advantage. Reduce loading wait times, eliminate traffic bottlenecks that waste time and fuel, and gain more backhaul opportunities. With more efficient routing and scheduling, plus streamlined communication between loaders, truck drivers and dispatchers, you can make your entire operation more profitable.

More next week from the NWTC…

ITS – Part 2

ITS – Part 1

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