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NEMA Welcomes Rogers-Carnahan Legislation Promoting ITS Deployment

03/30/2011 9:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

ROSSLYN, Va.—NEMA supports the introduction of the Smart Technologies for Communities Act earlier this month by Congressmen Russ Carnahan (D-MO) and Mike Rogers (R-MI). Introduced as HR 995, the legislation would direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a new competitive program that would allow local governments and teams of regional governments to receive grants to support deployment and operation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, many ITS technologies available today are proven to reduce congestion and improve efficiency performance and safety on our highways and arterial roads.

“The Smart Technologies for Communities Act will provide needed federal support for local governments that want to deploy and operate these systems,” Gaddis said. “We look forward to working further on the proposal with the sponsors and Rep. John Mica (R-FL), chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, so that it is included in any transportation legislation the House passes during this Congress.”

“This act will enable states and cities to invest in proven technologies that, when built to consensus ITS standards, achieve interoperability to provide valuable real time benefits to roadway travelers,” said Bryan Mulligan, president of Intelligent Devices and chair of NEMA’s Transportation Management Systems and Associated Control Devices Section, which represents providers of many ITS technologies.

Over the years, DOT has invested more than $200 million to support development and maintenance of the ITS national architecture and national consensus ITS standards that are used in the U.S. and abroad.

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. The association’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray, and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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