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Will Blockchain Revolutionize the Ports Industry?

First introduced in the financial services sector, blockchain has come a long way. Many believe that blockchain could change the world. With the ability to store documents, digital currency, contracts, and more all in a safe space, blockchain is the future. Every action is documented and accessible to the parties involved, all in real time. Some ports, among other sectors are looking into implementing blockchain in hopes of financial gain in the long run. The use of blockchain in ports is just the beginning.

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Calming the Traffic on your Neighborhood Streets

In the last decade, when looking for housing, many people have participated in the “suburban sprawl.” They are willing to go further and further away from where they work in order to pay less to live. They spend hours of their day commuting back and forth in traffic. They are constantly looking for new shortcuts, a faster time, another way to make the drive seem shorter.  Read More

Vision Zero: A New Conversation

We hear about collisions all the time. They’re on the news, the radio, and on the streets of our cities. Fatal accidents happen frequently… and our reactions are usually quite similar.

“The driver was going too fast.” “The driver should have been more careful.” “The driver didn’t look before pulling out.”, we converse casually.

While yes, it is often human error that leads to the deaths of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers, the mindset must be altered.

A New Conversation

Vision Zero isn’t about changing as drivers. It is about changing as communities. In Vision Zero, the blame for road collisions is shifting away from the drivers. The overall concept is that human error will always exist, so communities must instead find ways to protect vulnerable parties on their streets, such as children, motorcyclists, and older adults. Vision Zero also wants to help those who have historically been seen as the threat, like distracted or aggressive drivers.

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Costs of Congestion: Economic Effects

Congestion

Let’s talk tangibles. So many of the issues in our lives can go unrecognized or unaddressed for ages. The laundry? It can wait until tomorrow. Visiting your in-laws? Next summer. However, there is one thing that almost always gets us moving: money. If you want someone to care about a problem, tell them how much it costs to ignore it!

Traffic congestion affects many different aspects of our day-to-day lives. It harms us and our environment, as mentioned previously, but it is also hurting our wallets. That’s right. We’re talking about real dollars and cents. But don’t take our word for it… Instead, we can direct you to The Economist. After reading through their article entitled “The Cost of Traffic Jams”, it became clear that we couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

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How to Improve Your Traffic Monitoring and Data Collection

Smart Traffic on City Road - Data Collection

Should you be measuring the performance of your traffic operations? You probably guessed “yes!”, so why are few agencies and municipalities doing so?

In fact, the category “traffic monitoring and data collection” was given a failing grade on a national level in the National Transportation Operations (NTOC) 2012 US report card.

Considering the importance, it is imperative that our industry continues to improve upon this.

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Here’s How Much Border Delays Cost the US and Canada

Cost Border Delay Canada and United States

If you have ever crossed the Canada-US border, you have been part of the over 400,000 people and $2 billion in business that moves across the two countries every day. That’s a lot of volume to handle, and with volume comes delay.

According to a study at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, border delays cost Canadians and Americans over $30 billion each year.

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