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Mid-America Transportation Center

Investigating RFID for Roadside Identification Involving Freight Commercial Vehicle Operators

Final Report
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University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Transportation Systems Engineering


  • Principal Investigator: Erick Jones ( (402) 472-3181)
  • Co-Principal Investigator: Judy Perkins ( (936) 261-1665)
  • Project Status
  • Start Date: 3/10/2008
  • End Date: 12/31/2009
  • Sponsors & Partners
  • Mid-America Transportation Center
  • About this Project
    Brief Project Description & Background
    Enforcement operations have a critical need to provide a more efficient means of capturing data for inspection purposes in comparison to manual 'screening' approaches for enforcement of safety and registration guidelines. Approaches such as random screening does not allow for the correct attention to be placed upon those carriers and vehicles most likely to be in violation of the law. These random screenings generally can be an inefficient use of enforcement resources which can be improved with modern data collection technologies. In order to utilize automated technologies for more effective roadside enforcement pertinent information must be accessible and collected in a reliable way. In this proposal we introduce a means for accomplishing these goals by investigating RFID as a possibility for commercial COV trucks to be identifiable at the roadside automatically. We hypothesize that RFID technology can be used to improve the data collection by making timely information available either to an officer at a weigh station or a portable unit before the vehicle crosses the Weigh-in Motion (WIM). Officers could then target the vehicle for inspection.
    Research Objective
    This objective of this proposal is to perform a analysis for utilizing RFID technologies to capture information for state and federal transportation agencies.
    Potential Benefits
    Benefits include providing over the road information in a real time use of CVISN and PRISM Roadside Electronic Screening Databases, extending the relationship between State agencies, the University, FMCSA and COVs, and supporting students who may become employees, and provide positive marketing of the State for future DMV, CVISN, PRISM COV and other transportation initiatives that support future funding.
    Total Project Cost
    $ 57,233
    Modal Orientation
  • Freight
  • Intelligent Transportation Systems
  • Logistics