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Wireless Roadside Inspection Field Operations Test


To determine the viability and effectiveness of wireless commercial motor vehicle (CMV) inspections using currently-existing telematics technologies and a custom-developed government system to receive and process the safety data messages (SDMs) at an instantaneous rate equal to a nationally-deployed system and provide a nexus for future national deployment.


The project builds on the recently completed Wireless Roadside Inspection (WRI) pilot tests. These tests showed that a national system may be feasible, but required further refinement of interfaces between government and carrier information systems. It aligns directly with the Agency's Compliance, Safety, and Accountability (CSA) initiative as a tool to identify more drivers, vehicles, and carriers at the roadside with limited resources. A cost-benefit analysis performed during the pilot tests estimated benefits exceeding costs for a fully-deployed WRI system.


For the field operational test (FOT), large-scale testing will be conducted to validate the viability of WRI. An end-to-end system validation will be conducted with multiple fleets, vehicles, and technology partners by leveraging what was accomplished in the pilot tests. The complexity of the effort will be streamlined by exploring and abating risk areas and relying on the pre-existing hardware and systems within the private industry.


The FOT will:

  • Demonstrate WRI via one or more telematics partner systems.
  • Demonstrate the transfer of a SDM to the wireless inspection processing system (WIPS).
  • Demonstrate the transfer of the SDM from the WIPS to the State-centralized and roadside-based systems.
  • Demonstrate WRI end-to-end system functionality via one or more telematics partner systems.
  • Demonstrate carrier, enforcement, and compliance decision-making using associated WRI interfaces.
  • Demonstrate WRI system instantaneous loading equal to a nationally-deployed system.
  • Feed revisions of the already existing WRI requirements, concept of operations, and architecture.
  • Inform the go/no-go decision for WRI national deployment.


December 2017: Final reports will be completed.


FMCSA Research and Technology

FY 2007: $800,000
FY 2008: $615,000
FY 2009: $426,000
FY 2010: $750,000
FY 2011: $750,000
FY 2012: $1,580,000

Federal Highway Administration - Section 5503 - Motor Carrier Efficiency Study

FY 2007: $0
FY 2008: $1,000,000
FY 2009: $0
FY 2010: $0
FY 2011: $0
FY 2012: $0


Currently in discussions with telematics providers to ascertain interest in participation in the FOT. Also developing system graphical user interfaces for carrier and law enforcement.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Updated: Friday, November 28, 2014