On Nov 6, Greythorn contractor Vic Bagnall attended the National Roadway Safety award ceremony as a result of his contributions to the development of an infrared technology that keeps unsafe commercial vehicles off of Washington roadways. KOMO News first covered this in April this year.
The automated infrared roadside screening (AIRS) system consists of cameras installed at weigh stations to scan and analyze vehicles as they enter the station. The results are displayed on a monitor for the WSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement staff to use and then make a judgment call on whether the vehicle needs further maintenance.
During a testing period in October 2012, 12 trucks were removed from the road over two days due to the intelligence that this technology provides. The vivid color images are produced within milliseconds, glowing red where brakes are working properly and showing cool areas where they are not.
The system is currently a pilot project and testing is expected to conclude around May. When the Washington State Department of Transportation approves it, it will be installed in 11 weigh stations and ports of entry.
Vic began this contract opportunity with WSDOT through Greythorn in 2008.