Session No. 6E

New Age — New Solutions Part 3

This session looks at different solutions from different perspectives to solve challenges using newer technologies by three innovative firms.

Moderator: Vijay Varadarajan, P.E., Senior Project Manager, HNTB

Connected Work Zone Technology

  • Ross D. Sheckler, President and CTO, iCone Products, LLC

What’s Next for Flying Taxis?

  • Brent Klavon, VP Operations, ANRA Technologies                 

Smart Parking: Connecting Mobility Demand with Parking Supply

  • Andrew La Moth, Senior Director of Enterprise Sales for North America, Cleverciti


Ross Sheckler is the founder of Calmar Holdings and currently leads its subsidiary iCone Products LLC.  The Calmar group of companies were formed to pursue a variety of opportunities to apply experience with aerospace industry engineering to the broader transportation industry. With Sheckler at the helm of iCone Products the company has led the industry in developing low-cost, rapid deployment technologies that has taken the nationwide application smart work zone projects from a few dozen each year to more than one-thousand projects in 2018. In 2018, iCone Products developed another generation of low-cost technologies pioneering the smart arrow board, connected work trucks, and connected flagging. Lowering the daily cost of work zone technology to one dollar is allowing even the smallest project to become part of the work zone data universe.  Just one year from introduction these new technologies are in use in more than 14 states including the Colorado RoadX program and the Southern Nevada RTC automated vehicle initiatives. Sheckler has a background in commercial vehicle design dating back to 1997 when consulting with PACCAR and has been actively involved in telematics and vehicle navigation for twenty years.  As such, Ross has advocated connecting the technologies of the work zone industry with the vehicle navigation and automation industry since 2014. Sheckler has presented the realities of work zone information systems automated and connected vehicle industry associations for more than five years. Sheckler's industry activities include: member, FHWA Work Zone Data Exchange; member, FHWA Work Zone Data Initiative; member, SAE Infrastructure Task Force; vice chair, ATSSA Innovation Council; and chair, ATSSA Work Zone ITS Subcommittee.

Brent Klavon is a retired U.S. Navy pilot and has the distinction of creating and obtaining DoD approval for the Navy’s largest drone program called MQ-4C Triton. He currently is the Vice President of ANRA Technologies, a small US company based in Washington, D.C. with offices in London and New Delhi. ANRA provides software solutions for autonomous aircraft and under Brent’s leadership is developing technology for multimodal autonomous transportation, connecting ground and air systems into a common network for package delivery and flying taxis. Klavon is familiar with local, state, and federal legislative activities and their impact on innovative technologies. Klavon represents industry as a thought leader, being well versed in the nexus between policy, regulations, standards, technology, and social acceptance. Klavon currently participates in autonomous aircraft programs with NASA (AAM NC 1&2), FAA (UPP 1&2, LAANC), US DoD, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, Australia, and Switzerland, collaborating with private industry and government stakeholders to forge autonomous system integration. He is an FAA certified commercial pilot and remote pilot.




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Dec. 9, 2021

3:45 to 5:00 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891