Use of Wireless Mobile Data Devices as Transponders for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Electronic Screening Systems, 43262-43263 [2013-17418]

Download as PDF emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES 43262 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 139 / Friday, July 19, 2013 / Notices The Letter of Interest must (i) describe the project and the location, purpose, and cost of the project, (ii) outline the proposed financial plan, including the requested credit assistance and the proposed obligor, (iii) provide a status of environmental review, and (iv) provide information regarding satisfaction of other eligibility requirements of the TIFIA credit program. Letters of Interest will be submitted using the form on the TIFIA Web site: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/ipd/ tifia/guidance_applications/index.htm. DOT has revised the form for the Letter of Interest to reflect changes made to the TIFIA program by MAP–21. The Letter of Interest form requires project sponsors to provide information demonstrating satisfaction (or expected satisfaction if permitted by the statute) of each of the eligibility requirements included in MAP–21. 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Issued in Washington, DC on July 16, 2013. Patricia Lawton, Departmental PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Secretary. [FR Doc. 2013–17406 Filed 7–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–9X–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Use of Wireless Mobile Data Devices as Transponders for the Commercial Motor Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) Electronic Screening Systems Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice; announcement of policy. AGENCY: FMCSA announces that Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) network devices can be used as transponders for the purposes of CVISN electronic screening truck inspection and weigh station bypass systems. CMRS network devices such as smartphones, tablets, fleet management systems, global positioning system (GPS) navigational units, and onboard telematics devices (referred to collectively as ‘‘wireless mobile data devices’’) have the capability of transmitting and receiving the same information between the driver and the inspection site as the dedicated shortrange communication (DSRC)-enabled transponders operating at the 915 MHz frequency currently used to fulfill the CVISN electronic screening requirement for core compliance. This policy does not affect the applicability or enforcement of FMCSA’s regulations prohibiting texting and the use of handheld wireless mobile phones by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice or this activity, contact Mr. Jose M. Rodriguez, CVISN Technical Program SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00123 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Manager, Technology Division of FMCSA, (202) 366–3517, jose.rodriguez@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The purpose of the CVISN program is to advance technological capability and promote the deployment of Intelligent Transportation System applications for commercial vehicle operations, including commercial vehicle, commercial driver, and carrier specific information systems and networks. CVISN is divided into core and expanded deployment. Before a State is eligible for expanded deployment funding, it must complete core deployment. In order to complete core deployment, States must install an electronic system to screen transponderequipped commercial vehicles at a minimum of one fixed or mobile inspection site in the State and replicate this screening at other sites. The objective of electronic screening is to identify enrolled vehicles; to screen vehicles based on safety history, weight, and credential status (e.g., registration, fuel tax payment, operating authority); and to allow enrolled vehicles that meet the State’s criteria to bypass inspection sites. By allowing compliant vehicles to bypass weigh stations and inspection sites without stopping, FMCSA and its State partners are able to increase the effectiveness of enforcement efforts by targeting high risk motor carriers. Currently, weigh stations and inspection sites electronically screen DSRCenabled transponder-equipped CMVs to determine if an inspection is necessary or if the driver should bypass the weigh station or inspection site. In the past, States have installed only DSRC electronic screening transponder systems to satisfy the CVISN core electronic screening requirement because that was the prevalent technology at the time the CVISN program was authorized. States or private companies providing the DSRC screening services were required to install DSRC infrastructure to participate in the information sharing between roadside activities and the vehicles required to be in compliance with Core CVISN deployment. States may continue to deploy DSRC electronic screening transponder systems operating at the 915 MHz frequency to fulfill the CVISN electronic screening requirement for core compliance. Use of CMRS To Comply With CVISN Since the CVISN program began, there has been a significant expansion of CMRS networks in North America. E:\FR\FM\19JYN1.SGM 19JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 139 / Friday, July 19, 2013 / Notices emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES States may now use available CMRS networks to screen trucks equipped with wireless mobile data devices used as transponders. CMRS network devices such as smartphones, tablets, fleet management systems, GPS navigational units, and onboard telematics devices are capable of transmitting and receiving multiple forms of wireless mobile data and thus, are considered transponders for the purposes of the CVISN program. CMRS transponders use commercially available mobile radio transmission frequencies to access cellular data networks and exchange carrier and vehicle credentials utilizing web-based technologies. Triggered via GPS signaling, CMRS transponders communicate through the internet to electronic screening systems that issue traditional red light/green light responses for in-cab displays mounted on the dashboard. Because CMRS transponders are hardware neutral, drivers can install a variety of cellularenabled GPS-connected devices (such as smartphones, tablets, fleet management systems, GPS navigational units, and onboard telematics devices) in vehicles. This policy announcement does not affect the applicability or enforcement of FMCSA’s regulations under 49 CFR part 392 prohibiting texting and the use of hand-held wireless mobile phones by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. Benefits Use of wireless mobile data devices as transponders with CMRS provides benefits to FMCSA and key stakeholders including State CMV enforcement agencies, industry, and participating motor carriers: 1. All of the remaining 11 States that have not yet achieved CVISN core deployment status because they have not met the CVISN electronic screening requirement will have another option to achieve CVISN core deployment status. This makes States eligible for the expanded CVISN funding deployment milestone and improves data sharing among States and FMCSA. 2. The electronic screening system enables State enforcement agencies to identify CMV drivers and check their safety status at highway speeds and enables FMCSA and State partners to more efficiently utilize resources to target high risk carriers. 3. The capability to check the safety status of drivers and vehicles at highway speeds will decrease congestion and vehicle emissions at inspection sites. Motor carriers will avoid fuel costs associated with idling at weigh stations and inspection sites. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:33 Jul 18, 2013 Jkt 229001 4. State agencies can add additional electronic screening sites, both fixed and mobile, with no infrastructurerelated costs. CMRS-enabled systems give States significant flexibility in activating and de-activating geofences (the virtual perimeter for the real-world geographic area in which truck station bypass systems electronically screen CMVs). 5. For participating motor carriers, available CMRS-based electronic screening systems are technologyplatform neutral and could be operated, on wireless mobile data devices, as well as onboard fleet management systems. The use of the system is consistent with FMCSA’s prohibition against the use of hand-held mobile phones and texting and complements existing DSRC-based screening systems. Issued on: July 8, 2013. Anne S. Ferro, Administrator. [FR Doc. 2013–17418 Filed 7–18–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–EX–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration [Docket No. PHMSA–2013–0124, Notice No. 13–7] Paperless Hazard Communications Pilot Program Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: PHMSA invites volunteers for a pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of paperless hazard communications systems and comments on an information collection activity associated with the pilot program. ‘‘Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act’’ (MAP–21) authorizes PHMSA to conduct a pilot program to evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of using paperless hazard communications systems. In accordance with MAP–21, in conducting the pilot projects, PHMSA may not waive the current shipping paper requirements. In addition, MAP–21 indicates that PHMSA must consult with organizations representing fire and other emergency responders, law enforcement, and regulated entities. Upon completion of the pilot projects, PHMSA must evaluate the feasibility and effectiveness of paperless hazard communications systems and make a recommendation to Congress regarding SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00124 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43263 regulatory changes that would permanently authorize the use of paperless hazard communications systems. The report is due to Congress by October 1, 2014. The intent of this notice is to: (1) Describe the current regulatory requirements for shipping papers; (2) describe authority granted under MAP–21; (3) explain the goal, scope, and intent of the pilot program; (4) seek volunteers to participate in the pilot projects and describe criteria for selecting pilot participants from the volunteers; and (5) seek comment on the request for information to be collected in conducting the pilot projects and in consulting with organizations representing fire and other emergency responders, law enforcement, and regulated entities. Information gathered will enable PHMSA to generate a report to Congress detailing: (1) The performance of each paperless hazard communications system tested during the pilot projects; (2) PHMSA’s assessment of the safety and security impacts on stakeholders; (3) the associated costs and benefits; and (4) PHMSA’s regulatory recommendation(s). Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before September 17, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, and statements of interest to volunteer, identified by the docket number (PHMSA–2013–0124) by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the online instructions for submitting comments. • FAX: 1–202–493–2251. • Mail: Docket Management System, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, Routing Symbol M– 30, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. • Hand Delivery: Docket Operations, West Building, Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. Instructions: All submissions must include the agency name and docket number for this notice at the beginning of the comment. To avoid duplication, please use only one of these four methods. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov and will include any personal information you provide. Docket: For access to the dockets to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov or DOT’s Docket Operations Office (see ADDRESSES). 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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 139 (Friday, July 19, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 43262-43263]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-17418]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration


Use of Wireless Mobile Data Devices as Transponders for the 
Commercial Motor Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) 
Electronic Screening Systems

AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT.

ACTION: Notice; announcement of policy.

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SUMMARY: FMCSA announces that Commercial Mobile Radio Services (CMRS) 
network devices can be used as transponders for the purposes of CVISN 
electronic screening truck inspection and weigh station bypass systems. 
CMRS network devices such as smartphones, tablets, fleet management 
systems, global positioning system (GPS) navigational units, and 
onboard telematics devices (referred to collectively as ``wireless 
mobile data devices'') have the capability of transmitting and 
receiving the same information between the driver and the inspection 
site as the dedicated short-range communication (DSRC)-enabled 
transponders operating at the 915 MHz frequency currently used to 
fulfill the CVISN electronic screening requirement for core compliance. 
This policy does not affect the applicability or enforcement of FMCSA's 
regulations prohibiting texting and the use of hand-held wireless 
mobile phones by commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning this notice 
or this activity, contact Mr. Jose M. Rodriguez, CVISN Technical 
Program Manager, Technology Division of FMCSA, (202) 366-3517, 
jose.rodriguez@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The purpose of the CVISN program is to advance technological 
capability and promote the deployment of Intelligent Transportation 
System applications for commercial vehicle operations, including 
commercial vehicle, commercial driver, and carrier specific information 
systems and networks. CVISN is divided into core and expanded 
deployment. Before a State is eligible for expanded deployment funding, 
it must complete core deployment. In order to complete core deployment, 
States must install an electronic system to screen transponder-equipped 
commercial vehicles at a minimum of one fixed or mobile inspection site 
in the State and replicate this screening at other sites. The objective 
of electronic screening is to identify enrolled vehicles; to screen 
vehicles based on safety history, weight, and credential status (e.g., 
registration, fuel tax payment, operating authority); and to allow 
enrolled vehicles that meet the State's criteria to bypass inspection 
sites. By allowing compliant vehicles to bypass weigh stations and 
inspection sites without stopping, FMCSA and its State partners are 
able to increase the effectiveness of enforcement efforts by targeting 
high risk motor carriers. Currently, weigh stations and inspection 
sites electronically screen DSRC-enabled transponder-equipped CMVs to 
determine if an inspection is necessary or if the driver should bypass 
the weigh station or inspection site.
    In the past, States have installed only DSRC electronic screening 
transponder systems to satisfy the CVISN core electronic screening 
requirement because that was the prevalent technology at the time the 
CVISN program was authorized. States or private companies providing the 
DSRC screening services were required to install DSRC infrastructure to 
participate in the information sharing between roadside activities and 
the vehicles required to be in compliance with Core CVISN deployment. 
States may continue to deploy DSRC electronic screening transponder 
systems operating at the 915 MHz frequency to fulfill the CVISN 
electronic screening requirement for core compliance.

Use of CMRS To Comply With CVISN

    Since the CVISN program began, there has been a significant 
expansion of CMRS networks in North America.

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States may now use available CMRS networks to screen trucks equipped 
with wireless mobile data devices used as transponders. CMRS network 
devices such as smartphones, tablets, fleet management systems, GPS 
navigational units, and onboard telematics devices are capable of 
transmitting and receiving multiple forms of wireless mobile data and 
thus, are considered transponders for the purposes of the CVISN 
program.
    CMRS transponders use commercially available mobile radio 
transmission frequencies to access cellular data networks and exchange 
carrier and vehicle credentials utilizing web-based technologies. 
Triggered via GPS signaling, CMRS transponders communicate through the 
internet to electronic screening systems that issue traditional red 
light/green light responses for in-cab displays mounted on the 
dashboard. Because CMRS transponders are hardware neutral, drivers can 
install a variety of cellular-enabled GPS-connected devices (such as 
smartphones, tablets, fleet management systems, GPS navigational units, 
and onboard telematics devices) in vehicles.
    This policy announcement does not affect the applicability or 
enforcement of FMCSA's regulations under 49 CFR part 392 prohibiting 
texting and the use of hand-held wireless mobile phones by commercial 
motor vehicle (CMV) drivers.

Benefits

    Use of wireless mobile data devices as transponders with CMRS 
provides benefits to FMCSA and key stakeholders including State CMV 
enforcement agencies, industry, and participating motor carriers:
    1. All of the remaining 11 States that have not yet achieved CVISN 
core deployment status because they have not met the CVISN electronic 
screening requirement will have another option to achieve CVISN core 
deployment status. This makes States eligible for the expanded CVISN 
funding deployment milestone and improves data sharing among States and 
FMCSA.
    2. The electronic screening system enables State enforcement 
agencies to identify CMV drivers and check their safety status at 
highway speeds and enables FMCSA and State partners to more efficiently 
utilize resources to target high risk carriers.
    3. The capability to check the safety status of drivers and 
vehicles at highway speeds will decrease congestion and vehicle 
emissions at inspection sites. Motor carriers will avoid fuel costs 
associated with idling at weigh stations and inspection sites.
    4. State agencies can add additional electronic screening sites, 
both fixed and mobile, with no infrastructure-related costs. CMRS-
enabled systems give States significant flexibility in activating and 
de-activating geofences (the virtual perimeter for the real-world 
geographic area in which truck station bypass systems electronically 
screen CMVs).
    5. For participating motor carriers, available CMRS-based 
electronic screening systems are technology-platform neutral and could 
be operated, on wireless mobile data devices, as well as onboard fleet 
management systems. The use of the system is consistent with FMCSA's 
prohibition against the use of hand-held mobile phones and texting and 
complements existing DSRC-based screening systems.

    Issued on: July 8, 2013.
Anne S. Ferro,
Administrator.
[FR Doc. 2013-17418 Filed 7-18-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-EX-P