International Border Crossing Electronic Screening Field Operational Test

The objective of this project was to improve motor carrier safety and efficiency at United States (US) 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. In this study, contracted researchers worked to design and develop performance specifications and test and evaluate an IBC e-Screening system that: (1) Electronically identifies the carrier, truck, trailer, and driver associated with commercial trucks entering the United States at land ports using radio frequency identification transponders (already installed on 90 percent of the trucks entering the United States from Mexico and Canada). (2) Electronically screens 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 United States. (3) Displays 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). (4) Enables data monitoring/reporting by States and FMCSA to better position each organization to fulfill its mission. Outcomes include a Border Safety Application that provides information from the QC-ACE system to inspectors on a tablet device or laptop and a report that provides performance specifications of the screening system and evaluates the feasibility of deploying this system at U.S. border crossing sites.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $1,050,000
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Flanigan, Chris

  • Performing Organizations:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    505 King Avenue
    Columbus, Ohio  United States  43201
  • Start Date: 20140200
  • Expected Completion Date: 20141129
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01592612
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 3 2016 12:01PM