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'Transport Communications: Understanding Global Networks Enabling Transport Services'
London, Kogan Page.
John Tiffin and Christopher Kissling (September 2007)

This book is for transport managers who need to make decisions about tomorrows transport. It is about how the relationship between transport and communications leads to globalisation. It provides a three dimensional matrix called NETS (Networks Enabling Transport Systems) that can be used as a guide to improving efficiency in transport management. NETS applies to land, sea and air transport at every level from the international, to the national and the urban. It even applies at the mini levels of buildings, rooms and work surfaces. NETS is, therefore, a tool for reviewing how the different modes and levels of transport can be integrated and automated in supply chains.

Improving transport improves communications and improving communications improves transport. This book focuses on the future impacts on transport of the next generation of communication technologies such as broadband Internet, wearable computing, artificial intelligence and HyperReality. It also looks at the impact on both transport and communications of nanotechnology. However, the positive spiral of development that comes from the interaction of transport and communications is in danger of becoming chaotic. The penultimate chapter addresses the issues of global warming, terrorism, pandemics, sustainability and carbon based fuels. The final chapter looks at transport scenarios for the future which should give anyone associated with planning and designing transport pause for thought.

Below is the list of Contents:

Chapter 1: Transport plus Communications equals Globalisation.
Telecommunications, Transport, Human Communications, Information Technology, Globalization, Transport Communications.

Chapter 2: Transport Communications Theory
We are not trees and we are not sharks, Organisational Theory, Systems Theor, Cybernetics Theory, Information Theory, Network Theory, Fractal Theory, Nodes, Hubs, Location Theory

Chapter 3: The NET (Networks Enabling Transport)
Abstract and Concrete Networks, The NET, What is transported: People and Freight, Who or what decides to initiate transport, Transporters/Transport service providers, NET 1: Transport Infrastructures,NET 2: Traffic networks, NET 3: Regulatory Networks, NET 4: Communications networks, NET 5: Auxiliary service providers (ASPS), NET 6: Skills Networks, Transport Communications Theory.

Chapter 4 First Order Meaning: Clear Transport Communications
First Order of Signification, Codes and Signs, Information and redundancy, Transport Signage, Perception, Signage Heuristics, Wayfinding Behaviour, Signage and IT

Chapter 5: Second Order Meaning: Fantastic Transport Communications
Second order signification, Critical Theory, Symbolic Interactionism, Cognitive Dissonance, The Aesthetics of Transport Communication, Organisational communications, IT and second order signification.

Chapter 6: Transport Paradigms and the Episteme of Globalisation
Paradigm, Transport paradigms and syntagms, The Transport Studies, Paradigm, Epistemes, Paradigm shifts and epistemic shift, Paradigm Shifts in Transport (1810-2010), At the site level, At the urban level, At the national level, At the global level, Paradigm Shifts in Communications, The Episteme of Globalisation, Paradigms and the NET.

Chapter 7: Intelligent Transport Communications
Nanotechnology, Clever Clothes, HyperReality (HR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), New Technologies and Epistemes.

Chapter 8: Seeking Space: Water and Air Transport
The fractal levels of water transport networks, The fractal levels of air transport networks, Infrastructure networks in water and air transport, Traffic networks, Skills networks, Regulatory networks, Communications networks, Auxiliary service networks (ASPS), Transport service providers (TSPS), Seeking space

Chapter 9: Driven: Land Transport
The fractal levels of land transport networks, Land transport infrastructures, Traffic networks, Skills networks, Regulatory networks, Auxiliary service networks, Communication networks, Driving as Communicating, The Future for Land Transport

Chapter 10: Walking the walk to talk the talk: Pedestrian transport
Walking talking transport communications, The fractal level of the site, The fractal level of the activity space, The fractal level of activity surfaces, Ports, portals and protocols, Pods and Packaging, Technological extensions of pedestrian transport.

Chapter 11: Communications in Transport Logistics and Global Supply Chains
Communications, The ‘before transport’ phase, The ‘during transport’ phase, The ‘after transport’ phase, Third party logistics, Personal Travel – Travel Agents as 3PL. Global containerised freight, Case Study – The Cool Chain for Meat.

Chapter 12: Trouble with Transport
Terrorism, War and genocide, Threats from the natural environment, Danger from disease, Gridlock: the black hole of land transport, Cattle class: the black hole of air transport, The perfect storm.

Chapter 13: Transport Communications: Scenarios of Globalisation
The doomsday scenario, The U-Scenario, Smart villages and clever cottage, The Matrix, Seacities and skycities, Powered pedestrians, The personal pod, Which scenario? The Global Episteme.

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