SOURCE: HELP Incorporated

HELP Incorporated

April 24, 2012 09:00 ET

Safety Screening Solutions for Every Need -- PrePass Expands to Smart Phones and 5.9 GHz

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - Apr 24, 2012) - PrePass, offered by HELP Incorporated, is redesigning its service offerings to better meet the needs of law enforcement, state departments of transportation and motor carriers nationwide. PrePass has more than 300 sites in 31 states with 420,000 participating trucks.

"PrePass will continue its leadership role in truck safety screening by moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to one that allows states to mix and match technologies which meet the unique needs encountered at each state inspection facility and at roadside," said Rick Clasby, president and CEO of HELP Incorporated. "The change will include both new technologies and new service offerings, all backed by our comprehensive and unrivaled database on motor carrier information."

The new, tiered technologies will include:

  • The current transponder system (915 MHz) designed to provide enforcement officials with carrier data preclearance at higher-volume inspection facilities,
  • Smart phone applications intended for low-volume sites at which the installation of roadside infrastructure is cost prohibitive,
  • The federally established DSRC technology (5.9 GHz) for future-oriented applications in which screening would include driver and truck fitness data, and
  • Other emerging technologies that meet the needs of our carriers and state partners.

"As a national leader in the deployment of intelligent transportation systems for commercial vehicles, the commitment of HELP's leadership to design a system that accommodates 5.9 GHz is a significant step toward enhancing safety and efficiency on our nation's roadways," said Scott Belcher, president and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

The new service offerings include:

  • The 360SmartView screening system using cameras to screen ALL trucks in inspection facilities,
  • Virtual and mobile inspection service offerings,
  • Thermal brake imaging, and
  • Vehicle dimensioning.

According to Clasby, "With our unrivaled and comprehensive safety and credentialing data on commercial vehicle operators now available in the cloud, it is possible to offer states more options, including new front-end technologies, virtual and real-time inspections and universal in-station truck screening while assuring the same level of integrity and reliability."

HELP's carrier database offers unrivaled information on carrier safety and credentials: Not all carriers have records in the federal SAFER/CVIEW data systems. In some states, as many as 40 percent of those carriers in HELP's cloud-based carrier database were not found in the federal systems used by others to screen trucks. This is because HELP augments information from the federal systems with data from more than 90 other government sources of data.

HELP provides the total solution for any scenario, on the mainline, on the ramp, or virtual.

Download a fact sheet on state technology options. Download a fact sheet on our smart phone app. To schedule a demo, visit the HELP website.

HELP Incorporated (HELP) is transportation's premier, not-for-profit, public-private partnership. Its mission is to improve highway safety and efficiency. HELP ensures its initiatives benefit the public and private sectors through a board comprised of an equal number of public officials and commercial vehicle operators. HELP provides each state with control over its service offerings to accommodate each jurisdiction's unique needs, staffing and enforcement priorities. HELP's investment of more than $400 million has sped the deployment of ITS and has improved safety, air quality and highway preservation.

HELP's flagship service is the PrePass weigh station service. More than 420,000 trucks have voluntarily enrolled. PrePass and its electronic toll collection companion service are operational at weigh stations and/or toll plazas in 33 states, including: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. PrePass enables states to meet Federal CVISN requirements.

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