Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has awarded a $2 million
contract to Qualcomm Inc. and Science Applications International
Corp. to develop and field test an untethered trailer asset management
system for high-value or high-security-risk loads.
field test will quantify the costs and benefits associated with
systems designed to track trailers when they are not attached to
system will provide on-board hardware, power management, network
services and data-integration capabilities, the companies said in
a statement. The companies were among three teams solicited to submit
proposals in early July.
announcement came after FMCSA Administrator Annette Sandberg testified
in Congress the agency would seek private sector partnerships to
develop systems intended to improve trucking safety and security.
Wolfe, president of Qualcomm Wireless Business Solutions, said,
"This operational field test will demonstrate the benefits
of untethered trailer tracking systems, which improve productivity
and security for the trucking industry. Such systems enable greater
safety and more efficient use of our nation's highways."
is the prime contractor for the project, with Qualcomm as the technology
integrator. Trucking companies currently planning to participate
in the test include Super Service Inc., Somerset, KY; R&R Trucking,
Duenweg, MO; and Paschall Truck Lines Inc., Murray, KY. Operational
field testing is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2004.
Dick Larsen, senior editor
Larsen can be reached at email@example.com.