Fleet Management

Help Inc.'s Technologies Moves Trucks Through Inspections

October 21, 2012

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Help Inc. has two technologies that will electronically screen all trucks for compliance with state and federal safety information, driver and company credentials and weight requirements on I-70 in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois.


Before trucks reach a weigh station, the new 5.9 GHz generation of PrePass in-cab technology electronically identifies the driver and company for compliance screening. If no compliance issues are found, the driver is able to bypass the inspection facility without stopping. However, if a compliance issue is found, the driver can be instructed to stop for further investigation and inspection.

"By focusing on the carriers with the greatest propensity for mechanical, driver and cargo violations, our effectiveness is amplified," says Major Jeffrey Walker, Commander of the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division.

"These new technologies and capabilities for our inspectors will streamline our screening procedures by enabling the state police to make a more informed decision regarding which vehicles are selected for further inspection. Having all the information needed in one place and on one system will save valuable time for our inspectors."

With Help's other technology, 360SmartView, all motor carriers coming into inspection facilities are electronically identified and screened using cameras that read license plates and U.S. DOT numbers. 360SmartView displays information about the carrier, which is collected from more than 90 government sources in a matter of seconds.

"An important element of the motor carrier division's job is to ensure trucks and drivers are compliant with state and federal safety, weight, credential and tax requirements," said Deputy Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Revenue Jim Poe. "This technology allows law enforcement to work with multiple state and federal agencies and identify non-compliant carriers, which helps enforcement officials get bad trucks and unsafe drivers off the road."

The 5.9 GHz technology has been selected by U.S. Department of Transportation as the technology standard for its Connected Vehicle Program.

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