What we’re reading: Las Vegas monorail offers locals discount rides, resolutions for hotels, software helps pilots land


Las Vegas Monorail offering locals discount on New Year’s Eve

If you happen to live in the Las Vegas area and you need a ride from one casino to another, the Las Vegas Monorail will offer discounts.

Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed to vehicles, taxis and buses beginning in the early evening on Dec. 31 but the monorail will operate until 3 a.m.

Trains will arrive every few minutes at each of the seven stations.

Locals can also get a ride to their home for free if they have had too much to drink.

The rides are being offered by the Designated Drivers Foundation, who received a $25,000 donation from Captain Morgan Rum to run the campaign.

The free rides will be available starting at 8 p.m. PST on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 through noon PST on Sunday, January 1, 2012.

10 New Year’s resolutions we wish hotels would stick to in 2012

Almost everyone makes New Year’s resolutions and try to keep them. Hotel Chatter feels that it’s about time that hotels make resolutions as well.

1. Working WiFi: That WiFi should be free is a given (see who has it free on our 2011 Hotel WiFi Chart) but this year, we’ve had numerous experiences with WiFi–sometimes free, sometimes pay-for–that just did not work very well, if at all. We know that many hotels will claim that maintaining a WiFi network is expensive, we get that, but no hotel would let their TV reception stay scrambled or let their minibar refrigerators stay broken, would they? To us, WiFi is just as important of an amenity as TVs and minibars. Probably more important.

Honeywell Aerospace developing software to help pilots land planes in low visibility

Weather is one of the reasons for flight delays. Honeywell Aerospace is developing software that can help pilots land in low visibility which can help reduce flight delays.

The Enhanced Visual System/Synthetic Vision System technology is intended to give pilots the information needed to land despite low visibility.

The “augmented reality vision” software developed by Honeywell Aerospace can save airlines pricey fuel and save passengers precious time.

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