San Jose, California—August 31, 2006 —SpeedInfo today announced that James W. van Loben Sels, a professional engineer, retired Major General from the US Army Corps of Engineers, and former Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) from 1991 to 1998, has been elected to SpeedInfo’s board of directors.
“Jim has a distinguished career of service and direct experience at very high levels. We look forward to his contributions as a member of SpeedInfo’s board of directors,” said Doug Finlay, SpeedInfo’s CEO. “During Jim’s tenure at Caltrans the use of state-of-the art technology flourished. Jim understands the benefits of innovation and the improvements it can bring to the national Intelligent Transportation Systems, and we think that his insights and experience will be very valuable in helping to guide SpeedInfo in the years ahead.”
“SpeedInfo truly understands real-time traffic data collection and has a great solution to provide comprehensive coverage for important transportation networks”, said Jim van Loben Sels. “I'm really looking forward to working with Doug and SpeedInfo’s board to further highlight the benefits, and to help in whatever ways I can.”
Jim van Loben Sels has more than four decades in the executive management of major engineering projects worldwide. Jim recently retired from Parsons Brinckerhoff, where he was Program Director for a $750M highway design and construction program for the South Carolina Department of Transportation. In addition, Jim was manager for operations in five southern states.
Prior to joining Parsons Brinckerhoff, Jim served as the Director of the California Department of Transportation where under his stewardship Caltrans prepared the first 20-year Transportation Plan, and the plan was memorialized by the Governor in an Executive Order. This plan was developed in close coordination with metropolitan planning organizations, council of governments, users and advocacy groups. Jim also oversaw the $1B rebuilding of the Cypress Freeway in Oakland after the Loma Prieta Earthquake and freeways in Los Angeles after the Northridge Earthquake. Before joining Caltrans in 1991, he had a distinguished 32-year career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, rising to the rank of Major General. Commanding three of the Corps’ premier divisions, Jim was responsible for civil and military construction projects in the North Pacific, Europe and Mid-Atlantic states.
SpeedInfo is a leading innovator of real-time traffic data networks. In addition to providing advanced traffic sensor technology, SpeedInfo server software and network expertise combine to create a commercial data infrastructure that eliminates existing problems with data latency, reliability and comprehensive coverage. SpeedInfo’s unique capabilities position the company for growth in the emerging markets for real-time traffic data services. Founded in 2002, SpeedInfo is headquartered in San Jose, Calif.
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