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What new technologies and strategies can we use to be more open, efficient and save taxpayer money?

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Real-time traffic data with Socrata, Tropo and Twitter (Video)

A digital transportation exchange needs real-time information to flow from people and machines who produce data, to other people and machines who need to use it. This flow of data needs to be intelligent and frictionless. This is why, conceptually, we think of DTE as a collection of these key elements - Cloud data. With so many disparate participants, the only possible common fabric is the cloud - Open Platforms, not ...more »

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Competition to Improve Construction

In the past, the federal government has had industrial competitions to improve energy efficiency (refrigerators, for example). How about similar competitions to improve our infrastructure technology. For example, we still repave roads with asphalt, which deteriorates pretty rapidly, especially when subjected to freeze/thaw cycles in the Northeast. This technology has not changed in generations! Can't we improve the ...more »

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Smart Roads / Electricity Generation

I suggest you look at a promising new technology from a company in Israel called "Innowattech" They have recently been awarded a multi million dollar contract in Italy to install a system into a highway that converts mechanical energy into electricity. The system uses what is called "Piezo Electric Generators" that are placed under the surface of the road way. The generators converts the motion of passing vehicles into ...more »

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alternatives for suburban commuters

In these difficult economic times it is exceedingly important for the public to save and be watchful of where we spend. For several years now, I've ridden the commuter bus into the Capitol for work, rather than drive. With so many new riders the commuter bus lines are full to the point of bursting. Something really needs to be done to increase the lines and offer alternatives to driving. Some days I do ride in either ...more »

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Recycling/Reclamation

The government should consider recycling its used electronic equipment with reputable American vendors as private firms do. There are vendors that reclaim precious metals, lead, glass, electronic components, and plastics (to name a few items), sell these commodities on the open market, and share the income with the provider. Some will even destroy computer disk drives at the request of the provider. This substantial income ...more »

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Harnessing Traffic Lights

There are many ways to generate electricity. To name just a few that we know we have dynamo(use for bicycles), turbine being turned by water, solar cell using sun lights, battery being recharged by alternator as in car and many more that created pollution problem. But here is a new potential sources of lights: vehicles headlights that can probably be trapped or tapped using fiberoptics or present day technology. This ...more »

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