The Freeway Service Patrol (FSP) Program is a regional effort by MAG, Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS), Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). It assists motorists who are stranded on freeways due to minor accidents or disabled vehicles and provides prompt clearance of these incidents. The FSP helps prevent loss of life and property by helping to eliminate secondary crashes and minimizing the impact incidents have on traffic flow. The FSP addresses many goals of the Freeway Incident Management System, a part of the region's Intelligent Transportation Systems Strategic Plan.
The objectives of the current program are to:
Improve freeway safety by helping stranded motorists.
Facilitate prompt removal of vehicles abandoned on freeway shoulders.
Assist DPS officers at traffic incident scenes.
Reduce secondary crashes by promptly clearing minor incidents.
Reduce road hazards by removing roadway debris.
The program was launched in 2000 by MAG as a pilot project. It used $750,000 in federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds the region received for transportation system improvements. During the first two years, the program was ...
Your house burns out of control. An automated drone launches from a nearby base. It flies to the fire and transmits live video before the first fire truck arrives, giving the crew critical information. The responders plan how to attack the fire even before they get to the scene.
This is just one scenario predicted for a new generation of pilotless drones that, like autonomous cars, may be the wave of the future.
One automated drone company has just opened its global headquarters in Scottsdale. Israeli-owned Airobotics, started in 2014, has quickly grown into a leading tech company with 235 employees, 40,000 automated flights and $100 million in funding. “Scottsdale provides a healthy environment for Airobotics to grow, along with other creative businesses here that are expanding the boundaries of new technologies,” said Councilmember Virginia Korte from Scottsdale. “It’s the beginning of a great partnership.”
The company began its data-collection work using certified drone pilots to fly missions. But drone pilots weren’t always available on demand. And even the best were not able to collect data at the same time, same altitude, ...
When a woman in the back of a ridesharing vehicle realized her driver was impaired, she didn’t want to alert the driver by calling 9-1-1. So she texted instead.
In that case, the driver was pulled over and the woman got home safely. It is just one example of the thousands of text sessions taking place since Text to 9-1-1 capability went live in the Maricopa region on April 2, 2018. In fact, the system is averaging 400 texts a month, with 2,432 text sessions received in the first six months. Examples of other emergency texts include:
Hearing impaired wife sent text on non-breathing husband.
Girlfriend was assaulted and being held against her will.
Car accident with hearing impaired driver.
Multiple domestic violence situations.
Because voice calling helps 9-1-1 dispatchers get the information they need more quickly, it is still the best option. But in certain situations, like those outlined above, texting is an alternative that can save lives.
“We still remind people, ‘Call if you can, text if you can’t,’” says Mayor Gail Barney, Regional Council chair. “It’s most important that ...
Arizona Christian University (ACU) is on the move! ACU will be moving from its current location to a new Glendale campus, the former home of Thunderbird School of Global Management. This announcement follows the completion of a land exchange agreement through which ACU is exchanging land of equal value—its former campus on Cactus Road in Phoenix—with Arizona State University (ASU) for a portion of the campus formerly occupied by the Thunderbird School. The move will take place with the start of the 2019-20 school year in August.
“Arizona Christian University has been at capacity at its current location for the last few years,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “This opportunity to grow and serve our student body is unprecedented. The buildings, IT equipment, student housing, facilities and amenities that were a part of the Thunderbird campus will now be revitalized and utilized by Arizona Christian University faculty, staff, and students.”
Arizona Christian University is an accredited, private, nonprofit Christian University offering numerous liberal arts degrees. ACU is ranked among the nation’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report for the ...