VDOT preparing to use artificial intelligence to predict traffic
By Nathaniel Cline/Virginia Mercury | InsideNoVa
State transportation officials are gearing up to use an artificial intelligence system that will monitor emerging conditions to predict the impacts of traffic disruptions in Northern Virginia and the Fredericksburg metropolitan area.
The rollout will mark the first time that artificial intelligence will be used to predict traffic disruptions in Virginia.
“If the system performs well, expansion to other parts of the state will be a distinct possibility,” wrote Marshall Herman, acting director of communications for VDOT, in an email.
The new AI support system is intended to improve the effectiveness of real-time integrated transportation information, an agency report states. Information is expected to be provided through digital message boards, 511 Virginia and third-party applications including Waze and Google Maps.
Understanding NIST’s Post-Quantum Encryption Standardization and Next Steps for Federal CISOs
By Duncan Jones | NextGov.com
In a recent National Security Memo (NSM-10), the White House acknowledged the need for immediacy in addressing the threat of quantum computers to our current cryptographic systems and mandated agencies to comply with its initial plans to prepare. It’s the first directive that mandates specific actions for agencies as they begin a very long and complex migration to quantum-resistant cryptography. Many of the actions required of agencies depend on new cryptographic algorithms that have just been chosen by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, although final standardization will take 18 to 24 months.
Amazon Rivian Deliveries Start
ByJennifer Sensiba | CleanTechNica
People in ten US cities are about to see a new delivery vehicle from Rivian on the road delivering Amazon packages. The e-commerce giant has been working with Rivian to create a more sustainable fleet of vehicles that will help it reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2040.
The vehicles are built from the bottom up with safety, sustainability, and comfort in mind, and they have all been extensively driven by drivers across the country. They’re the result of Amazon’s collaboration with Rivian, which the firms announced in 2019 after Amazon co-founded it and became the first signatory of The Climate Pledge — a commitment to reduce emissions in order to meet the Paris Agreement ten years early.
Amazon’s support for Rivian is another indication of its commitment to make transportation more environmentally friendly. Amazon’s efforts with Rivian are an important element in decarbonizing its last-mile logistics and accelerating innovation that can benefit others. By 2030, Amazon will save millions of metric tons of carbon each year thanks to its promise to have all 100,000 of its new electric delivery vehicles on the road.
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🌙 NASA - Best Photo from Last Week
50 Years of Landsat
We're celebrating 50 years of the Landsat satellite, the first of which launched on July 23, 1972. The latest in the series, Landsat 9, launched in September 2021.
Landsat shows us Earth from space. For 50 years, the mission has collected data on the forests, farms, urban areas and freshwater of our home planet, generating the longest continuous record of its kind. Decision makers from across the globe use freely available Landsat data to better understand environmental change, manage agricultural practices, allocate scarce water resources, respond to natural disasters and more.
This natural color image of Eleuthera Island, the Bahamas, was taken by Landsat 9 on January 18, 2022. Between Landsat 8 and Landsat 9, the Landsat program delivers complete coverage of the Earth’s surface every eight days.
Image Credit: Michelle Bouchard using Landsat data from USGS
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