LeasePlan USA Makes Top 100 Workplaces Again, Watch Out for Roads Near Super Bowl, TomTom Working with TeleNav, Clarion Takes CES Award


For 2nd Year, Lease­Plan Makes Chicago Tri­bune Top 100
Lease­Plan USA was recently named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Top 100 Work­places for the sec­ond year in a row. The Top Work­places pro­gram rec­og­nizes employ­ers on 30 regional lists and one national list. The eval­u­a­tions for the list are based purely on employee opin­ions. The sur­vey iden­ti­fies the top work­places that value employ­ees while build­ing a cul­ture where employ­ees feel con­nected to the busi­ness. “It’s because of the deter­mined efforts of our employ­ees, no mat­ter what task is put before them, that we con­tinue to earn the pres­ti­gious honor as a top work­place,” said Mike Pitcher, pres­i­dent and CEO of Lease­Plan USA. Learn more.

Super Bowl Com­pli­cat­ing Trans­porta­tion in New Orleans
For those pro­vid­ing trans­porta­tion in the New Orleans metro area to work­forces and trav­el­ers, keep in mind that the Super Bowl game com­ing up on Feb. 3 has already begun affect­ing traf­fic and street man­age­ment. Streets around the Mercedes-Benz Super­dome and New Orleans Arena are now closed, except when there’s a game, until after Super Bowl Sun­day. There’s also an exit that will be closed – the Super­dome exit near Clai­borne. Road clo­sures are part of a local secu­rity man­age­ment pro­gram that involves Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vice, New Orleans Fire Depart­ment, Police Depart­ment, and Home­land Secu­rity. There’s also the com­pli­ca­tion of the game occur­ring dur­ing Car­ni­val sea­son. Learn more.

Tom­Tom Makes Deal with Tele­Nav for Real-Time Traf­fic Ser­vice
Tom­Tom had made a deal with Tele­Nav to pro­vide real-time traf­fic infor­ma­tion ser­vice to TeleNav’s mobile nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems. On iPhone and Android devices, Telenav’s Scout appli­ca­tion includes free voice GPS nav­i­ga­tion, local search, traf­fic infor­ma­tion, speech recog­ni­tion, and auto­matic rerout­ing. It also fea­tures My Dash­board, a cus­tomiz­able home screen that pro­vides users with per­son­al­ized, real-time com­mute times to work and home. Tele­Nav had been mostly using data from INRIX for traf­fic infor­ma­tion since they signed their ini­tial part­ner­ship in 2007. In the auto­mo­tive area Tele­Nav con­tin­ues to use INRIX with its nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems deliv­ered to Ford. Learn more.

Clar­ion Hon­ored with CES Inno­va­tions Award
The Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show started on Jan­u­ary 8, and there’s been a wave of elec­tronic prod­uct launches and part­ner­ships – and awards. Clar­ion Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica was named an Inter­na­tional CES Inno­va­tions 2013 Design and Engi­neer­ing Award Hon­oree for their FX503 in-dash dig­i­tal media player with smart­phone con­nec­tiv­ity and access to their exclu­sive Smart Access cloud server. Prod­ucts entered in this pres­ti­gious pro­gram are judged by a pre­em­i­nent panel of inde­pen­dent indus­trial design­ers, engi­neers and mem­bers of the media to honor out­stand­ing design and engi­neer­ing in cut­ting edge con­sumer elec­tron­ics prod­ucts across 29 prod­uct cat­e­gories. Learn more.