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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.


Findings from past research were used to develop a set of IBSS performance specifications that were “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.


April 2014               Final report published




Final report is published and available at:


Oak Ridge National Laboratory