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International Border Crossing Electronic Screening Field Operational Test


To improve motor carrier safety and efficiency at U.S. international borders by designing, developing performance specifications, testing, and evaluating the International Border Crossing (IBC) electronic screening (e-Screening) system.


The IBC e-Screening concept leverages the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) investment in the FMCSA Query Central (QC) and Customs Border Patrol's (CBP's) Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) to provide an automated, data-driven approach to selection of vehicles for inspection at the northern and southern borders, enabling uniform and consistent application of policies and procedures related to safety and compliance assurance of cross-border commercial traffic. IBC e-Screening will enable northern and southern border States and FMCSA to utilize the QC-ACE data, in an automated system-to-system environment, enabling identification and full safety and compliance verification of carriers, trucks, trailers, and drivers electronically, within 3 seconds or less of a truck's presentation at a State IBC processing point rather than the current 15-minute manual process.


Design and develop performance specifications, test and evaluate an IBC e-Screening system that will:

  • Electronically identify the carrier, truck, trailer, and driver associated with commercial truck trips entering the U.S. at land ports, using radio frequency identification transponders already on 90 percent of the trucks entering the U.S. from Mexico and Canada.
  • Electronically screen each trip component for factors of interest to State and FMCSA inspectors, providing for full safety and compliance verification of carriers, trucks, trailers, and drivers, each time they enter the U.S.
  • Display the screening results to State and FMCSA enforcement officers and inspectors to assist them in making more informed inspection selection decisions in fixed and mobile operations as well as mainline and ramp settings, thus significantly increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations.
  • Enable data monitoring/reporting by States and FMCSA to better position each organization to fulfill its mission.


A border safety application that provides information from the QC-ACE system to inspectors on a tablet device or laptop. Also, a report that provides performance specifications of the screening system and evaluates the feasibility of deploying this system at U.S. border crossing sites.


June 2011: Contract awarded.
June 2012: Concept of operations completed.
April 2013: Border safety application successfully interfaced with ACE system.


FY 2011: $1,058,000 - Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)—Section 5503 Motor Carrier Efficiency Study (MCES) funds

FY 2012: $472,000 - FHWA—Section 5503 MCES funds

FY 2013: $600,000 - FMCSA Research and Technology


Currently finalizing memorandums of understanding with Arizona, New York, and Texas to conduct the field operational tests (FOT) and in the process of procuring equipment for the FOTs.

Updated: Tuesday, December 16, 2014