Weigh station bypassing — there’s an app for that

| August 24, 2012

At the Great American Trucking Show, Drivewyze, a subsidiary of roadside inspection equipment manufacturer Intelligent Imaging Systems, announced the Aug. 28 availability of their new “PreClear” product, a web-based weigh station bypass system that operates via an app on operators’ Android, iPhone or Blackberry smartphones. Requiring no installation of in-cab hardware, said Project Manager Brian Mofford, the PreClear system has in under a year’s time rolled out to well more than 100 sites in 12 states: Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The company expects to be operational in 24 states and 4 Canadian provinces by this time next year.

PreClear differs from current transponder-based system in other ways, including that it gives roadside personnel visibility of the truck driver’s identity and CDL-associated driving record. Mofford and company see this as a plus for safe drivers. Combined with the technology’s ability to be deployed at non-weigh station inspection sites. Law enforcement can set up a geofence in any area and utilize it to target only those with negative safety records, prioritizing their work and saving bypassed drivers time and money. “Otherwise they’d get a 100 percent pull-in at those secondary sites,” said former North Carolina State Patrol Officer Marc Nichols, current Drivewyze sales director. “It’s a very powerful tool for law enforcement.”

User data is stored on company servers, and when law enforcement requests data to determine whether to bypass or pull in a truck, the system creates a unique identifier that is sent through secure sockets to the officer’s web portal, then translated to readable data.

Though the company’s service is launching with the smartphone as the driver’s tool, Mofford said, “really all it requires is a web connection — we’re looking at other in-cab equipment” such as GPS units and/or fleet communications devices” for future potential.

Drivewyze is offering a free test drive of the service for the next two months (through November 1) to all GATS attendees in 12 states where the system is operational: Connecticut, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. The test will be functional at all Drivewyze service sites, weigh stations and temporary pop-ups. Find out more at www.drivewyze.com/GATS or booth no. 18029. The company is also offering a demo of how it works, utilizing geofenced areas set up around the show floor.

  • Marty Marsh

    Well considering weigh stations are more about the dollar than they are safety,it would seem to me that your going to take money away from the states by buying an avoidance tool.Not to mention everyone is not only going to know everything about you,but everyone will also be able to keep track of you.I say we get rid of the electronics including easypass and everyone drive in to the scale and make them earn their money.
    On top of everything else a company will go with this system because they are doing it for you,when they are really doing it to keep you moving,which is a good thing.But because they spent this money on new equipment just for you,I’m sorry we can’t afford to give you anymore money.

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  • Frank the Truck Driver

    I also find it interesting that this company claims they have a bypass app on the iphone but I can’t find it anywhere. A new company to start off lying isn’t a vote of confidence for their future endeavors

  • Frank the Trucker

    I’ve been doing some research into this product and have found some interesting things. To access this app a driver needs to login with his/her name and CDL information. That information can then be accessed by law enforcement, there are minimal data restrictions / privacy for the drivers using the application. Drivewyze is also touting this as a new bypass service but there message is much different to States. The sales pitch used with states is its a new enforcement tool. States control the bypass criteria as well as the GEO fenced area. If I’m a truck driver why would I want to be able to “bypass” a minute or less traveled area that has now been GEO-fenced by law enforcement?? Now they can see my driver information were as before this app I’d have a minimal chance at getting pulled over for an inspection. With the Drivewyze app law enforcement now has better tools to decide who and who not to pull over. Great app for law enfocement but Driver Beware this wasn’t developed for us

  • http://www.facebook.com/channel19todd Todd Dills

    Yes, Frank, that’s why I wrote ”
    PreClear differs from current transponder-based system in other ways, including that it gives roadside personnel visibility of the truck driver’s identity and CDL-associated driving record.” You are correct, for sure. Their transfer security, from what I gathered talking to them, seems fairly well done, as these things go. Thanks for the thoughts!

  • blaine

    Frank, you sound like you work for PrePass:) Drivers love Drivewyze- it’s transparent, secure and bypass rates are higher than others. CDL is optional by the way, just gets you a higher bypass rate. The system is the opposite of an enforcement system, its a reward system and truckers control what they share and don’t share and only use it when you need it. The folks at Drivewyze are great, you should give them a call as they are open about everything. Great to see the change.