Global Telematics is a research and consulting firm that approaches opportunities and problems in individual, organizational, and community performance with deep technology understanding and a policy perspective. 
Our viewpoint expressed in our consulting services encompasses both information and communications technology (ICT or telematics) as well as transportation (physical movement).

We do analysis, design, planning, presentations, and training for businesses large and small, think tanks, government agencies, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, regional planning organizations, non-profit civic associations, and many others.     Click here for a summary of our services.

We have been in continuous operation under the name "Global Telematics" since 1986.  Jump to what's new.

Email: action@globaltelematics.com

1-206-781-4475 in North America

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A different "Global Telematics" joint venture based in Europe, begun in 1997 and unrelated to us, offers products serving the Intelligent Transportation System market. See http://www.global-telematics.com.  There was also a firm in California with a similar name, with which we have never had a relationship.

Click here to go to PITF, Puget Sound Public Interest Transportation Forum

Our activities:

What we offer to clients:

Consulting and advisory services for businesses, government agencies, and civic organizations. Our research has led us to these offerings:

  • City Logistics planning and implementation for government and civic organizations seeking to understand and improve freight mobility. First step: Build a Regional Freight Logistics Profile

  • The Regional Transportation Reality Check for chambers of commerce, economic development associations, and other civic leadership organizations working on regional surface transportation plans

  • Travel Value Management tools for businesses and other organizations seeking to improve their own performance through better management of the spatial dimension (travel and location), as well as communications

Telecommunications is much more than a highway, and transportation provides far more than communications.
--- John S. Niles, President

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What's New


  • John Niles is focused in 2014 on disseminating the results of an integrated assessment of how increasingly automated electric vehicles affect transportation sustainability, a project funded by the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at University of Michigan through a grant to the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at the same university. The results of the assessment are provided in a chapter of the book, Road Vehicle Automation (Springer, 2014), titled "Synergies Between Vehicle Automation, Telematics Connectivity, and Electric Propulsion."  Around Seattle-Tacoma, this project is managed by Global Telematics' client, Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions, CATES.

  • Global Telematics is learning how Twitter works as an interactive, opinionated, knowledge-dissemination mechanism. Look at http://paper.li/JN_Seattle.

  • Global Telematics maintains ongoing environmental scanning on developments in road use fees that shift demand to non-congested periods by offering off-peak discounts. John Niles prepared a paper on this topic for a November 2003 conference held by Cascadia Center for Regional Development on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. His short take on this topic is presented here in an essay for the Meeting of the Minds conference participants in the summer of 2008 in Portland, Oregon. He saluted the government agencies that are pushing ahead on implementation of road use fees in a short speech to the Puget Sound General Assembly of elected leaders on June 7, 2012, posted here.

  • John Niles is co-chair of Coalition for Effective Transportation Alternatives (CETA) in Seattle promoting cost-effective telematics-based solutions like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) rather than multi-billion-dollar symbolism like Sound Transit's Central Link subway, the most expensive light rail per-mile in world history, with poor ridership so far.

  • Global Telematics has been recently working on quantifying high performance urban bus characteristics.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems

  • Global Telematics works on fixing traffic congestion in urban locations. We participate in the Regional Traffic Operations Committee of Puget Sound Regional Council, and we have recently worked with Siemens ITS in Tukwila, Washington on regional signal synchronization.

  • John Niles wrote a summary short essay on Fighting Traffic Congestion with Traffic Operations Management (T-Ops) for The Seattle Times.

  • Telecommuting, Intelligent Transportation, and other aspects of how telecom affects transportation are covered in the Discovery Institute Inquiry report, "Technology & Transportation: The Dynamic Relationship," September 2001 by John Niles.  Download in PDF here.

  • Global Telematics was project manager for the King County Council's Tunnel Team looking at the performance implications of the policy choice between Bus Rapid Transit and Light Rail in the unique Downtown Seattle Transit Tunnel.

  • Flexible instant ridesharing, as first presented at the 1992 Annual Meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.   A new approach to public transportation. Other web links have been added since.

Reconsidering Transit-Oriented Development

Telecommunications and Travel Behavior

Telecommuting and Telework

Regional Economic Development and Digital Infrastructure

Telephone: 1-206-781-4475
Email: action@bettertransport.info 
Office: 4005 20th Avenue West, Suite 111
Seattle, Washington 98199-1290 USA


Last modified, July 07, 2014