E-Squared Engineering, under contract with the International Parking Institute (IPI), has been charged with the development of a Technology Committee under the nation's leading parking industry association. The work will include supporting the Chairman of the new Committee, Mark Yedinak, of ACS, Inc., and providing expert assistance gained from working in the ITS arena. E-Squared Engineering will facilitate the development of nationwide workshops and presentations. The IPI Board has expressed strong interest in this area of the parking industry and has specifically requested guidance on the development of technology related Requests For Proposals (RFPs) that ensure interoperability and can be used, with modification, for virtually every technology related purchase.
Working with IPI staff and the newly formed Technology Committee, E-Squared Engineering will develop parking industry workshops, surveys, and 'town meeting' discussion groups to develop technology specific RFP's, general specifications, and overall guidelines that will satisfy the needs of the users as well as the vendors of the various technological products and services. Ultimately, this activity will answer the need for a generic technology RFP that is customizable for the specific application.
The IPI Electronic Payments Committee, also supported by E-Squared Engineering, will become a subcommittee of the new Technology Committee. (see news archive) According to Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering, "Working with IPI on this initiative is a lot like the work we've done in the broader ITS arena. You have to consider the needs of the users, the needs of the vendors and the ultimate goal of nationwide interoperability. It's not an easy and quick process but it's one that's long overdue in the parking industry and there's no better time to start this arduous process than right now."
E-Squared Engineering has teamed up as a subconsultant to the consulting firm of PBS&J, Inc. to provide commercial vehicle operations support on the Florida DOT ITS General Consultant Contract. This contract covers all aspects of ITS planning and deployment for FDOT. E-Squared Engineering will support FDOT's ITS Administrator, Mike Akridge, as he oversees all CVO and Electronic Toll Collection activities for the state. Currently, Florida is moving ahead with plans for commercial vehicle information systems and networks (CVISN) projects including electronic credentialing, electronic screening, automated permitting, electronic payments, and identifying strategies to marry toll and CVO applications.
According to Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering, "working with PBS&J to help Mike Akridge move the Florida agenda forward is something that will be both 'big fun' and rewarding." Florida is currently addressing ITS challenges, the results of which will have national significance. Florida was the winner of the FTA demonstration project that will bring electronic payment systems (EPS) together that include transit operations, toll agency operations, and parking operations. What makes this exciting is that while several of these stakeholder organizations already possess EPS systems - many aren't compatible. This FTA demonstration will result not only in compatibility, but also in interoperability.
Florida also has some interesting CVO challenges. Because they are heavily involved in agriculture, the state has three agriculture ports of entry entering and exiting the state. Today, the commercial vehicle electronic screening systems do not include agriculture checks. Florida, and the motor carriers conducting business within the state, want to find a way to combine 'traditional' electronic screening with agriculture inspection screening. This is yet another area where E-Squared Engineering, working under the PBS&J 'umbrella', will support Florida DOT.
For more information on E-Squared Engineering Commercial Vehicle Operations Consulting Services, call us and let's see how we can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (6/01)
E-Squared Engineering joins the team led by Day Wilburn Associates, Inc. (DWA) to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the study area, the area of economic influence and to identify any projects or initiatives that will benefit Georgia's transportation infrastructure and ultimately the state economy. Other members of the DWA team on this study are Cambridge Systematics Inc., Dr. Douglas Bachtel, Greenhorne & O'Mara Inc., Ralph Whitehead Associates, and Edwards & Pitman Environmental Inc.
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) was awarded a National Corridor Planning and Development Program (NCPD) grant from the U.S Department of Transportation (USDOT) to study a strategic freight corridor connecting the barge river Port of Columbus and the Port of Savannah. The NCPD has designated this corridor as High Priority Corridor Six. The corridor also extends westward through the State of Alabama to Meridian, Mississippi.
Referred to by the federal designation of High Priority Corridor Six – or HPC 6 – the corridor is eligible for federal transportation planning and construction funds, above and beyond the federal transportation funds Georgia receives. While these funds are limited to the HPC 6 corridor, Georgia DOT is taking full advantage of the HPC 6 study scope to broaden the study in order to address transportation, goods movement, and economics in a 45-county area in south-central Georgia.
The expanded study will provide a very detailed understanding of how the transportation system can support and enhance the movement of goods and the economies of south-central Georgia.
The primary purpose of the study is to provide a detailed assessment of how well transportation infrastructure in the study area is supporting the existing and future need to move goods and support the economies of central Georgia. To accomplish this, the study team has defined four specific objectives:
The project team has organized the work program into three major phases:
The project will engage key stakeholders and the public at all critical phases, including seeking out those who are either traditionally underserved by the existing transportation network or those who may be significantly impacted by future decisions. For more information on the High Priority Corridor Six Project the and US 280 Study, visit the website by clicking here.
For more information on how E-Squared Engineering can help you achieve your organizational goals, give us a call. After all, we can't be successful unless we help our clients become successful - first. (see the home page for contact information) (5/01)
Robert Anthonyson becomes the latest addition to the stellar list of E-Squared Engineering Associates. Mr. Anthonyson has a wealth of expertise and experience in the area of electronic payment systems. As an E-Squared Engineering Associate, Mr. Anthonyson brings over 30 years of experience to our team that includes specializing in advanced technology and its application to commerce. He has led projects in excess of $80 million and successfully conceived and marketed the first variable rate debit card in the United States commercial parking industry. Examples of Mr. Anthonyson’s creative approach to solving transportation challenges include his early evaluation of the feasibility of utilizing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and ultimately obtaining a patent on the use of RFID technology to automate a parking facility (1995 – US Patent No. 5414624). Mr. Anthonyson also obtained the patent for the use of a clearinghouse to form a “network” of automated parking facilities (1998 – US Patent No. 5737710).
Mr. Anthonyson continues to serve as a leader in the development of strategic planning and marketing strategies and during the course of his career has serviced clients including Chicago’s O’Hare Airport and Boston’s Park and Garage at Post Office Square, as well as numerous other commercial and public sector clients. Mr. Anthonyson received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his MBA from Stanford Business School.
According to Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering , "Bob adds a new dimension to what I affectionately call the 'ITS Dream Team'. The people that make up our Dream Team know more about commercial vehicle enforcement and regulation, they helped write the book on electronic payment system management and strategies, and they know more about transit system operations, planning, and finance than most people will ever know. These guys are pioneers with respect to cross border issues, technologies and implementation plans, and one of our associates, as a former trucking company CEO and operator, truly knows the ins and outs of running a trucking company. This type of experience is why I call them the ITS Dream Team and I feel lucky to be associated with this level of expertise and to have them as E-Squared Engineering Associates."
For more information on the Electronic Payment Systems Consulting Services or Training or to learn more about the E-Squared Engineering Associates, call us and let's see how E-Squared Engineering can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (5/01)
E-Squared Engineering is now under contract with the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) to teach their short course titled “Intermodal Freight and ITS”. Incorporating freight planning and operational needs with a clear understanding of the role of technology will benefit all transportation stakeholders. With increased responsibility given to local jurisdictions including planning organizations, there is now more need than ever to understand the latest technologies and how they apply to passenger and freight transportation. E-Squared Engineering will teach their short course on Intermodal Freight and ITS drawing upon experience gained from coordinating various national committees and program activities at ITS America as well as from the extensive research conducted at intermodal facilities throughout the United States and Canada. Attendees of the course through ASCE will receive 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). ASCE has mailed the intermodal course brochures and schedules to over 30,000 transportation professionals across the country.
Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering and Chairman of the ITS America Intermodal Task Force, feels that "the more transportation stakeholders we can reach through this course (either through ASCE or directly through E-Squared Engineering), the easier it will be to close the gap between governmental agencies and the freight industry." Mr. Easley goes on to say that "in order for these two stakeholders to work closer together, they must first understand each other. And that's a major objective of our course."
For more information on the Intermodal Freight and ITS Short Course or Training in general, call us and let's see how E-Squared Engineering can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (1/01)
E-Squared Engineering successfully completed the rigorous process of obtaining U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) certification. (The process took us 12 months) This certification also entitles E-Squared to be certified under the SBA Small Disadvantaged Business program. The SBA's 8(a) Program, named for a section of the Small Business Act, is a business development program created to help small disadvantaged businesses compete in the American economy and access the federal procurement market. There are several factors that the SBA considers before certifying small businesses. The application process is rigid to ensure the success of the firm in the chosen business area(s) and also to maintain the quality and integrity of the SBA programs and their participants. Criteria used to evaluate E-Squared Engineering and other 8(a) firms include:
At E-Squared Engineering, we don't believe that SBA certification will ensure the success of any small business. Success will only come from providing superior service, exceeding expectations (e-squared) of our customers, and marketing our capabilities to those in need of the services we offer. We do believe, however, that SBA certification may provide us with a small opportunity to compete and demonstrate our expertise. The rest, as it should be, is up to us. (11/00)
E-Squared Engineering entered into agreement with Alaska DOT to provide support as they continue to improve Alaskan freight operations. E-Squared, teaming with the University of Alaska at Anchorage, will conduct a statewide freight operations scan and meet with both public and private sector stakeholders. The results of the statewide scan (to include a series of site visits and personal interviews) will identify ITS technology deployments, public/private partnerships, freight flow impediments, and identify innovative funding strategies. The data obtained in the statewide scan will be incorporated into E-Squared Engineering's "Intermodal Freight and ITS" Short Course. This state specific course will be delivered to Alaskan freight stakeholders. It is projected that the course will be offered in conjunction with the first annual ITS Alaska conference to be held in Spring 2001.
For more information on Intermodal Freight and ITS Short Course or Training in general, call us and let's see how E-Squared Engineering can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (7/00)
For 6 years Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering, and other leaders in the Intelligent Transportation Systems industry have been sharing the vision of utilizing ITS technologies at fast food restaurants for purchases. In April of 2000, that vision became a reality.
McDonald's and SIRIT Technologies Inc. have teamed up at the urging of an Orange County, CA, McDonald's franchise owner/operator to utilize the Transportation Corridor Agencies' (TCA) FasTrak™ Title 21 electronic toll collection transponders for payment at McDonald's drive-thrus in a field trial. For the test, four McDonald's in the county are outfitted with the equipment and are using transponders for payment.
Mr. Hill, owner of the Rancho Santa Margarita McDonald's, stated that when McDonald's researched which locations to test the FasTrak™ system, it was "only natural to use this store which is a quarter mile from the Foothill Toll Road, especially since there are 28,000 transponders in town." The TCA has over 140,000 FasTrak™ accounts, which are pre-paid, and over 250,000 transponders in circulation. Kevin Hopkins, a McDonald's Field Operations Manger, said that McDonald's surveyed the vehicles using the Rancho Santa Margarita drive-thru and noted that 70% of them had transponders.
The Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, McDonald's drive-thru lane has been outfitted by SIRIT Technologies Inc. with a transponder reader (centrally placed over the lane), a valid transponder indicator, a display with the FasTrak™ transaction amount co-located with the menu board, an order transceiver, and an order confirmation display. If the trial goes as expected the validity indicator and FasTrak™ amount display in the future will be incorporated into the menu board's main display. There is a separate FasTrak™ amount display to alleviate the concerns of FasTrak™ customers about paying for their order twice when they do not choose to put their food purchase on their toll account.
Representatives from the corporate offices of McDonald's Corporation, members of the local and national press (including the Wall Street Journal) and E-Squared Engineering were in attendance when the system went 'live' at the McDonald's restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.
For more information on the McDonald's Drive-Thru system or EPS in general, call us and let's see how E-Squared Engineering's Electronic Payment Consulting Services can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (4/00)
E-Squared Engineering was awarded the contract to assist the Infrastructure Protection and Operations Division of the U.S. Department of Transportation Volpe National Transportation Systems Center as they provide programmatic support to the Federal Transit Administration's Transit ITS Electronic Payment Systems (EPS) Program. A primary component of the Volpe Center's effort is directed towards the development of guidelines and specifications for the integration of multi-application smart cards in transit fare collection.
The intended audience for the work E-Squared Engineering has been contracted to develop will be the public transit managers, other transportation service providers, Federal, State, and local government officials, transit industry consultants, suppliers, as well as private sector organizations such as financial institutions. Volpe has been charged with developing Transit ITS EPS Guidelines and Specifications. E-Squared Engineering is assisting with Module 5; Transit-Toll.
The intent of Module 5 will be to define the potential partnership opportunities, program linkages and institutional, organizational and technical requirements for an integrated transit-toll smart card program. E-Squared Engineering will produce the guidance document for the transit agency focusing on transit-toll payment programs. Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering, feels that "this opportunity to provide the Volpe Center with support on this task is right in line with other EPS work we're conducting. Another benefit will be the inclusion of the results into E-Squared's newest short course titled 'Electronic Payment Systems and Transportation'". E-Squared Engineering is currently under contract to assist in the development of EPS Guiding Principles for the parking industry and also under contract with ITS America to write the "Introduction to EPS and Transportation" primer document. Mr. Easley also serves as Chairman of the ITS America EPS Task Force Education and Outreach Subgroup.
For more information on transit-toll applications or EPS in general, call us and let's see how E-Squared Engineering's Electronic Payment Consulting Services can help you achieve your organizational goals. (see the home page for contact information) (3/00)
E-Squared Engineering will lead the effort to produce the document titled "Introduction to Electronic Payment Systems in Transportation". This document will be produced under the oversight of the ITS America Electronic Payment Systems Task Force. The Task Force is chaired by Bob McQueen of PBS&J, and has three working subgroups in the areas of Education and Outreach, Standards and Interoperability, and System Integration. These subgroups will provide input into the overall development of the primer. Mr. Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering and Chair of the EPS Task Force Education and Outreach Subgroup, will incorporate the transit work in EPS produced by the Volpe Transportation Center for the Federal Transit Administration as well as the work underway by the parking, toll, commercial vehicle, intelligent vehicle initiative, and other industry stakeholders. The primer is scheduled to be completed in August of 2000.
Richard B. Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering will assist and support the Electronic Payment Systems (EPS) Committee of the International Parking Institute (IPI) develop, promote, and obtain consensus on a comprehensive set of principles to guide the parking industry in the nationwide deployment of EPS for parking operations. This committee is led by Duke Hanson of Lockheed Martin, IPI Board member and Chairman of the IPI EPS Committee. The parking industry is deploying electronic payment systems technology across the country and there is no standard or plan in existence today to ensure national or regional interoperability. The International Parking Institute recognizes the need for this interoperability and the underlying benefits for both the parking facility operators as well as the end user/consumer. The goal of the EPS Committee is to develop a comprehensive set of principles to address the deployment of transponders, smart cards, cellular systems and other technologies that can be adopted based on 100% nationwide industry consensus.
Richard B. Easley, President and Founder of E-Squared Engineering, has entered into agreements with selected ITS experts to become "E-Squared Engineering Associates". According to Mr. Easley, "The ITS and customer service expertise that we currently provide in our ‘Suite of Services’ (ITS Consulting, Education and Outreach, and Staff Support Services) is complemented by the addition of the new E-Squared Engineering Associates. It’s a dream to be surrounded by this much talent and expertise". All five of the Associates own and operate their own businesses and service their respective clients. The new Associates include Mr. Larry Schulman, (former Associate Administrator for the US DOT Federal Transit Administration). He provides E-Squared Engineering with policy expertise, and strong transit leadership skills. Among other activities, Mr. Schulman was responsible for the creation of FTA’s ITS Program. Mr. Ramon Grijalva, PE (formerly held VP positions with Signal Processing Systems, and Lockheed Martin), will provide E-Squared Engineering with expertise in CVO international border crossing initiatives. Mr. Grijalva took an instrumental leading role in the development of the hardware and software systems used for the North American Trade Automation Prototype (NATAP) sites with California, Arizona, Texas, and Mexico. Major Raymond Cotton (retired) of the Maryland State Police provides planning, policy and leadership skills in the safety and enforcement arena. Major Cotton’s experience gained as Commander of Motor Carrier and Automotive Safety Operations gives the E-Squared Engineering team ITS safety insights that can only come from the enforcement perspective. Mr. William Brown, (former small motor carrier fleet owner/operator and Board member of the Independent Truck Drivers’ Association) provides a unique understanding of the motor carrier industry from the perspective of the small fleet operator (the largest segment of the trucking industry on the road today). Mr. Norman Lindgren, (retired Utah DOT Director of the Motor Carrier Division) provides the E-Squared Engineering team with expertise gained from years of pioneering the development of successful ITS CVO programs that have been studied and emulated by agencies on an international basis.
Under the E-Squared leadership ‘umbrella’, the synergism of talent that is created by combining E-Squared Engineering Staff and the new Associates, gives E-Squared Engineering clients outstanding consulting support that is sure to ‘exceed expectations’. For more information on the E-Squared Engineering Associates visit the Staff/Associates page or call us and let's see how we can help you achieve your goals. (see the home page for contact information) (2/00)
NACHA "The Electronic Payments Association", becomes the sixth association to sign up for E-Squared Engineering Staff Support Services. This new formal relationship between NACHA and E-Squared Engineering will help NACHA better serve its membership while allowing E-Squared Engineering the opportunity to gain valuable electronic payment industry experience and information from one of the largest financial industry networks in the world.
NACHA is a not for profit banking trade association with the largest number of member financial institutions in the country. NACHA promulgates the rules and operating guidelines for electronic payments through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Network, and for Electronic Benefits Transfers, electronic checks, financial electronic data interchange (EDI) and cross-border transactions. In 1998, more than 5.3 billion ACH transactions were made and the total dollars transferred exceeded $16 trillion.
NACHA's 34 member ACH Associations represent the more than 13,000 financial institutions who, in turn, provide ACH services to more than 2 million companies and 100 million consumers. Transactions processed through the ACH Network include Direct Payments and electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions, as well as payments for Direct Deposit of payroll, dividends, pensions and annuities.
NACHA is responsible for maintaining the ACH rules and standards governing the exchange of ACH payments between financial institutions.
For more information on E-Squared Engineering Staff Support Services or our consulting services related to electronic payment systems for transportation, call us and let's see how we can help you achieve your goals. (see the home page for contact information) (10/99)
This two day course is designed for the public and private sector professional interested in understanding the motivations of the public sector Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) community as well as the reasons for the rise in intermodal freight traffic. The students will learn about the technologies utilized by the intermodal freight community and also discover that the same technologies are deployed in the ITS community. The course will uncover various opportunities to leverage existing resources to improve passenger travel and freight operational efficiencies, increase safety, and improve air quality. For more information, see our Intermodal Freight and ITS course description page. (10/99)
This new service called E-Squared Engineering Staff Support Services is designed to provide experienced, award winning staff support on an On-Call basis. After contracting with this new service, associations can obtain rapid, high quality, cost effective support with a simple phone call - no RFP, no drawn out proposal process issues. E-Squared Engineering can mobilize a work force or provide the services of just one person if that is what the client requires. These services include the following: conduct research, produce presentations, organize and facilitate breakout groups, give presentation on the clients behalf, develop forums and workshops, manage organizational meetings, coordinate seminars and Annual Meeting tasks, provide transcription service, develop and administer surveys and produce survey result reports, provide support for Executive/Board, technical, and other committee activities and conduct education and training activities. This new service essentially provides for the extension of our client's existing staff on an as-needed basis but doesn't include the associated costs like computer hardware and software, telephone expenses, benefits, office space and equipment, etc.
Currently, this new service is being provided to organizations including the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, the International Parking Institute (IPI), the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), the National Private Truck Council (NPTC), and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).
Palisades Consulting Group, Inc. (PCGI) was awarded contracts by the U.S. DOT Federal Transit Administration in two separate areas under the FTA Omnibus Procurement. Eva Lerner-Lam, President of PCGI, assembled 14 subcontracting firms to round out her team. She will serve as the Team Director. Richard Easley, President of E-Squared Engineering, will serve as the Team Leader. The FTA Omnibus Contract is separated into four distinct Functional Areas. The PCGI team was awarded contracts in Functional Area One - Transit Research and Safety, and also Functional Area Three - Policy and Logistical Operations.
E-Squared Engineering will serve as the local Program Manger of the PCGI Team composed of the following stellar team members: Arinc, Inc., Arthur D. Little Inc., Cambridge Systematics, Inc., CIESIN, Eno Transportation Foundation, E-Squared Engineering, Frederic R. Harris, Inc., Moore Iacofano Goltsman, Inc., The Nettleship Group, Inc., Palisades Consulting Group, Inc., Texas Transportation Institute, Thomas J. McGean, P.E., Transportation Technology Center, Inc., University Transportation Research Center - Region 2, and URS Greiner Woodward Clyde. This PCGI Team consists of over 23,000 personnel worldwide.
For more information on E-Squared Engineering, or the PCGI Team, call us and let's see how we can help you achieve your goals. (see the home page for contact information) (9/99)
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