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  • ADOT increases use of remote technology to ease traffic flow

    MARICOPA, Ariz. (AP) — State transportation officials are increasing their use of remote technology to help keep traffic moving on portions of highways that pass through various communities across Arizona.The Department of Transportation says it has installed a wireless communication system that allows technicians in Phoenix to monitor conditions on State Route 347 in Maricopa and to adjust signal timing accordingly.ADOT says similar systems are used to remotely monitor traffic signals in Nogales, in Tucson and in the Phoenix area and that a system is also planned for Safford.The Maricopa system has infrared and video cameras at highway intersections and the capability to monitor traffic times and notify technicians about delays.ADOT says University of Arizona researchers are to evaluate whether the system is cost-effective.

  • Phoenix opens first phase of modernized Sky Harbor terminal

    PHOENIX (AP) — The first phase of a modernization project of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix is open for business.The makeover of Terminal 3 includes a larger, consolidated security checkpoint and new ticket counters.City officials also point to features such as electrical outlets at nearly all seats, windows providing mountain and downtown skyline views and use of natural lighting during daylight.The terminal originally opened in 1979. It serves Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian and JetBlue airlines.Additional phases of the modernization project include replacing the terminal's south concourse, adding new food and retail concessions and upgrading the north concourse.The entire project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

  • Savvy seniors/boomers deserve tech Christmas gifts

    By Pat Woods Special for Independent NewsmediaThe Christmas shopping season is in full swing whether we’re ready or not. Shoppers often are perplexed about what to give their 60-plus spouse, siblings or parents. Technology gifts are high on the list this year. To avoid heavy traffic and crowded stores, many prefer to shop online or by phone.In 2016 Great Call, a respected purveyor of senior-friendly cell phones and health and safety devices, introduced updated versions of their popular senior-friendly Jitterbug phones.Jitterbug Flip features a bright, 3.2-inch screen, bigger buttons, backlit keypad, camera with auto focus and flash, a new flashlight with magnifier plus access to GreatCall apps and a charging dock.With additional photo storage and memory, this popular phone continues its simple Yes/No navigation. The Flip model costs $99.99 plus $35 for setup and monthly fees starting at $14.99.

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