Heavy Duty Trucking

NOV 2014

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Tech Bytes ❱ TECH BRIEFS Volvo reveals 360-degree viewing V olvo Trucks recently unveiled a new safety feature that helps prevent accidents by scanning the environment around a truck to warn drivers when collisions are imminent. While it is not currently available, it could be on the market in the next five to 10 years, according to the manufacturer. The product is part of a project that started in 2010 called Non-Hit Car and Truck, developed with Volvo Car Corp., Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology and others. The technology enables a vehicle to register and evaluate everything that is happening around it and take actions to avoid accidents. It acts as a data platform that combines information from cameras, radars, and sensors mounted on all sides of the truck. The data is then analyzed and the system attempts to predict if a collision might happen, warning the driver or in some cases or even stopping the vehicle automatically. In certain instances, the system can predict a problem up to 5 seconds before it happens, according to Volvo. The product is not ready for application with current trucks, as there are still a few hurdles to overcome in terms of automation in heavy vehicles. Saia saving with mobile solution S aia LTL Freight, a trucking and logistics company, recently added AT&T's suite of Advanced Mobility Solutions to cut costs and improve productivity. In addition to the company pro- viding drivers with rugged handheld computers to connect with dispatch managers and fleet operations, the provider's wireless network has been embedded in each of the black boxes in Saia's vehicles. This has allowed the fleet to provide near real-time updates on not only fuel consumption, but also driver and engine performance, which has produced significant reductions in operational costs. FMCSA reaches final phase of wireless project T he Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently reached the final phase of its Wireless Roadside Inspec- tion project, adding Innovative Software Engineering as the telematics provider for the project. The project, which is being managed by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will evaluate the viability of using wireless capabilities to provide real-time identification and status information of vehicles, drivers and carriers. In the final phase of the program, wireless inspec- tions will be conducted using commercial mobile radio service technologies during a field test of 1,000 vehicles. The test will run 12 months beginning in December 2015. ■ 106 HDT • NOVEMBER 2014 www.truckinginfo.com thing to understand." Along with stored records within a company, the sharing of that data can also be a risk. Zinter pointed out that a lot of transportation firms use logistics providers and freight brokers and it's crucial to know if they will safeguard your data. "It's important to look at your con- tracts and understand who has your information," he said. The methods hackers use can vary in complexity and scale. In the case of a large company like Target, which was recently the victim of breach, it took a complicated and concerted effort. But even smaller companies make for enticing targets. Last year, a transportation com- pany called CorporateCarOnline was hacked and the credit card information of 850,000 customers was compromised. The data was stored in plain text, making the information as easy to parse as a spreadsheet. One of the best ways to add securi- ty to your data is to encrypt it, which scrambles data with a unique code that would be difficult to decipher without more advanced techniques and time. Even if a hacker can access your files, they are useless as the information is unreadable. Not only is it a more secure practice, you're less likely to be liable for damages to those affected when the proper measures are in place. "Are your laptops and mobile devices encrypted?" asked Zinter. "If they are and that data is lost, in some states you wouldn't even need to do a notification." For businesses looking to ensure security, there are third-party risk management service providers who will analyze your company's data and put in place the proper security measures. The most vulnerable company is the one that assumes it's safe, or worse, the company that thinks it has nothing to protect. It's impor- tant to remember that a security breach doesn't just mean liability for damages; it could also mean a loss of business. ■

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