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Infrared-Based Screening System


To develop a set of performance-based specifications that States may use to procure devices that meet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requirements for quality and effectiveness for detecting wheel hazards.


Since 2007, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been involved in data collection efforts involving an IBSS called the Smart Infrared Inspection System (SIRIS). Since 2007, testing has included proof of concept, pilot testing, and an extensive field operational test during which SIRIS was used to screen for vehicle brake, tire, and bearing defects in a real-world environment. Currently, ORNL is developing performance and test specifications for these types of systems.


The findings from the past research will be used to develop a set of IBSS performance specifications that are “outcome-based” relative to the system’s ability to determine defects from a given group of real-world vehicles.


Performance specifications and field testing effectiveness data.


September 2012     Final report completed and is under Agency review
April 2014               Final report published




Currently running a study on the performance of two IBSSs in Tennessee to determine if any modifications are required for the proposed performance specifications. A final report is expected in early 2015.


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Updated: Thursday, January 8, 2015
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