IRD awarded fourth contract for Oklahoma’s state-wide truck-screening system

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Oklahoma is expanding its deployment of Electronic Screening Systems (ESS) for trucks, as it allows the state to better focus its limited resources on potentially high-risk or non-compliant commercial vehicles. The systems will allow trucks with compliant weight, dimensions and credentials to bypass the Port-of-Entry (POE) at highway speeds, thereby reducing the number of trucks that are required to stop at the inspection station. With fewer delays at the facilities, compliant carriers save time, and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are reduced, while overall safety and efficiency are also improved.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) has awarded a US$2.59m contract to Canadian company, International Road Dynamics Inc (IRD), to build, implement and maintain a new and innovative POE ESS for commercial vehicles at Interstate-35 Northbound in Love County. This new project is the fourth such system to be supplied by IRD, as ODOT continues with the deployment of additional systems throughout the state. This contract includes the supply and installation of IRD’s weigh-in-motion (WIM) and intelligent Roadside Operation Credentialing (iROC) system, which uses License Plate Reader (LPR) and USDOT Reader technology, vehicle dimensioning, integrated static scale, video verification, vehicle movement compliance, and operational and reporting software.

The new site on I-35 will be added to the IRD-supplied Host Operations and Maintenance Operations Management System, which provides ODOT with a complete picture of activity across this and other POE locations statewide. These systems provide a central data repository, with a powerful web-based data access tool to provide real-time information, historical reporting, and business intelligence through one system portal. The Maintenance Operations Management System also provides ongoing site health monitoring and equipment status information.

“We are pleased to have been awarded another significant project within the State of Oklahoma,” commented Terry Bergan, IRD’s president and CEO. “This system will complement the three other POE installations previously procured by ODOT. In today’s environment, it is important to be able to access and monitor all locations as if they were one system, thus providing unparalleled intelligence to assist with operations and decision making. Interconnectivity of individual weighing and e-screening systems, to create a statewide network, brings us closer to the goal of creating integrated smart systems to better manage assets and resources. Our business across North America continues to grow as we leverage our significant installed base with new features and functionality.”

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