Benefits and Challenges of Implementing a Safety Management System

By |2018-08-02T18:20:38-04:00August 1st, 2016|Tags: , |

What is a Safety Management System (SMS)? It’s a prescribed method of recording safety initiatives, identifying hazards, analyzing the risk posed by those hazards, developing plans for mitigating the risk, and tracking results. An SMS program contains four key elements: Safety Policy Safety Risk Management Safety Assurance Safety Promotion Each of these elements serves [...]

Home-Rule City in a Business-Friendly State: Texas Supreme Court Strikes Down Houston’s Air Quality Enforcement

By |2018-11-02T08:26:12-04:00May 26th, 2016|Tags: , |

Last month, the State of Texas was forced to choose between its business-friendly values and a controversial example of its independent home-rule history. The business community won. In an 8-1 ruling on April 29, 2016, the Texas Supreme Court struck down the City of Houston’s right to enforce its own air quality rules [...]

3 Recent Updates for Threatened and Endangered Species

By |2018-11-02T08:27:38-04:00May 26th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened, and the ecosystems on which they depend. Compliance with the ESA can represent a significant regulatory challenge for many projects, so keeping up-do-date with changes in the ESA program can help achieve a successful project. The [...]

How the US Will Achieve a National Tolling System

By |2018-11-02T09:20:02-04:00May 24th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

You’re finally on that road trip vacation you’ve been planning. You’re heading to the big city of New York when you’re about to cross the beautiful George Washington Bridge. But, then you hesitate, realizing you have your TxTag for the tolls. Can you use it to pass through? Currently, no. But, the good [...]

Top 4 Goals and Characteristics of Capturing Big Data to Plan for the Future

By |2018-11-02T09:22:12-04:00May 19th, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

Toll transactions aren’t as simple as they used to be, nor would we expect them to be. The way toll technology has advanced over the last decades, the information that can be collected from vehicles on a toll road is expansive. When information is collected, such as transponder reads, images, and classifications, then it’s [...]

The Key to Bridging Two Communities Together

By |2018-07-31T20:04:03-04:00May 3rd, 2016|Tags: , , |

The Pensacola Bay Bridge, which runs three miles between Pensacola and Gulf Breeze, Florida, has become an iconic structure since its opening in 1960. A critical link to US 98, the bridge provides vacationers with access to popular beaches, has recreational park facilities at both ends, and is visible for miles from surrounding locations. [...]

Software as a Service Solution for Tolling – Good Fit or Snake Oil?

By |2018-11-02T09:23:35-04:00March 9th, 2016|Tags: , , |

Software as a service (SaaS) is a software licensing and delivery model in which software is licensed on a subscription basis and is centrally hosted. It’s sometimes referred to as "on-demand software." It’s typically accessed by a web browser and can provide excellent results in a tolling back office environment when properly implemented. [...]