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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 1995 | H.G. REZA
Motorists can now get information about their traffic citations through a new automated telephone system at Municipal Court in Santa Ana, and they can also pay fines with a credit card by using the phone. Recorded messages on how to use the new system are available in English and Spanish, 24 hours a day, but information about specific cases can only be obtained during regular business hours, Monday through Saturday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 26, 1988 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission voted Wednesday to build the nation's first fully automated, driverless trolley system in the middle of the new Century Freeway, saying that it will significantly improve service for riders. "Automated is a technology whose time has come," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum, who chairs the commission.
BUSINESS
May 19, 1992 | Dean Takahashi / Times staff writer
Who makes the smartest technology for the so-called smart tollways of the future? That is a topic of debate at the IVHS Society of America conference this week in Newport Beach. The Washington-based society, whose moniker stands for Intelligent Vehicle and Highway System, hopes to fight traffic congestion by using modern technology to make cars and highways more efficient. The group includes local governments, transportation companies, auto makers and technology firms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 31, 1996
Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon proposed Tuesday that the city's 911 dispatch system be connected with an automatic, electronic selection menu to handle non-emergency calls. Since many calls to 911 are not life-or-death emergencies, and many are "frivolous requests for directions, time of day and the weather," Alarcon asked the staff to report within two months on the prospects for implementing a voice-mail-type system to direct calls.
BUSINESS
November 12, 2001 | Associated Press
Pharmacy benefit manager Merck-Medco will open the world's largest automated pharmacy today--a seven-acre building in Willingboro, N.J., where workers and state-of-the-art equipment can fill as many as 6,700 prescriptions an hour. The facility is the size of six football fields. It is expected to employ 800 pharmacists, technicians and other workers, with an annual payroll of $35 million by early 2003.
NEWS
May 25, 1988 | RICH CONNELL, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles County Transportation Commission may reverse itself today on a much-debated issue--one that could reshape the future of local mass transit--by choosing to build the nation's first fully automated, driverless trolley system down the middle of the new Century Freeway.
BUSINESS
September 22, 1992 | Dean Takahashi / Times staff writer
FileNet Corp. has been getting into the pizza business--sort of. The Costa Mesa manufacturer of document-processing systems and Pizza Hut Inc. have been recognized jointly as Imaging Industry Innovators of 1992 for their work in automating the pizza restaurant chain's paperwork. Pizza Hut installed a FileNet computerized document-processing system in its accounts payable department in 1991, thus becoming the first company in the restaurant industry to adopt a so-called imaging system.
BUSINESS
April 8, 1998 | MARLA DICKERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Five years ago, sewing contractors Gary and Esther Dunbar considered moving their Montebello factory to Mexico. Stagnant sales, shrinking profit margins and a flood of cheap imports had the couple preparing to join the exodus of U.S. apparel firms headed for the border. Then came the hard part. Telling G.S. Dunbar's 200 workers that their jobs were moving south. "Some have been with us 25 years, and I worried about what would happen to them," Gary said.
BUSINESS
September 27, 1989 | CHERYL PELLERIN, The Baltimore Sun
Nearly everything that people touch, all manufactured products, involve the use of metal-cutting machine tools. In countries such as Japan and Sweden and West Germany, the machine-shop owners are automating their lathes and drills, saving time and gradually taking over the market that once belonged undeniably to the United States.
BUSINESS
June 18, 1987 | ROBERT GILLETTE, Times Staff Writer
Contrary to widely held belief, new industrial technologies do more to create jobs and raise standards of living than they do to displace workers from obsolete jobs, a panel of the National Academy of Sciences said Wednesday.
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