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Carriers Get Extension to Rid Systems of Chinese Technologies

www.ttnews.com, Eric Miller, August 19th, 2020, 4:15 PM

The Director of National Intelligence has extended the deadline to Sept. 30 for a requirement that motor carriers that do business with the federal government locate and purge telecommunications equipment manufactured by five Chinese companies that may be in use in their operations.

The waiver was granted in response to a request by Ellen Lord, the Department of Defense’s under secretary for acquisition and sustainment, who had argued that a waiver to extend the deadline is in the country’s national security interest.

The companies believed to be potential hackers into U.S. intelligence and defense agencies’ information systems are Huawei, ZTE Corp., Hytera, Hikvision and Dahua Technology. The provision also covers any subsidiary or affiliate of the entities, but experts warn that the technologies targeted could be difficult to locate in complex modern corporate systems.

The requirement, included in the 2019 Defense Authorization Act, requires federal government contractors to rid their companies of prohibited components manufactured by the five companies.

“I am granting a temporary waiver under section 889(d)(2) until 30 September 2020 to allow the Department of Defense to continue its contracting activities that would otherwise be prohibited under section 889(a)(l)(B) and to provide additional information to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to further assess your waiver request,” John Ratcliffe, director of national intelligence, wrote in an Aug. 12 memo to Lord.

The original deadline was Aug. 13.

“Section 889 [of the law] seeks to prevent certain Chinese technology companies from accessing sensitive and classified information by tapping into devices they designed,” said Bill Wanamaker, executive director of American Trucking Associations’ Government Freight Conference. “All federal contractors, including all modes of freight carriers, have electronic systems that facilitate business processes and operate their equipment.”

Several trade organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and ATA, have for several months been on a letter-writing campaign and engaging congressional staff to extend the compliance date by at least one year.

The law pressures federal contractors of every kind to make a determination on compliance by Sept. 30, or risk noncompliance and possible debarment as a contractor if they cannot ensure the components are not present in their systems, Wanamaker said.

Freight logistics services, including trucking, rely heavily on vast information technology systems, according to an ATA analysis.

“This corporate IT inventory is used to order freight, schedule service, provide in-transit visibility to customers, provide proof of delivery, invoice shippers, support electronic shipping documents and pay by third-party payment systems,” the analysis said. “Motor carriers also use typical office computers, networks, internet service providers, routers, portable computers and scanners, cellphones, security systems, and video monitoring of terminals and warehouses.”

ATA’s analysis also noted that cameras are used for 360-degree video recording around trucks to replace rearview mirrors and that “electronic monitoring of engines, transmissions, braking systems, tire pressure, speed, sudden braking, driver fatigue — all these things are a part of modern commercial motor vehicles.”

The newer the truck, the more IT systems are on the truck for safety, equipment management, tracking and maintenance monitoring, according to the analysis.

The Benefits of an Automated Permitting and Routing System

www.ttnews.com, October 7, 2019, 12:00AM

The Benefits of an Automated Permitting & Routing System

Over-the-road trucking is an important component of the transportation system in North America. It requires over 3.6 million heavy-duty Class 8 trucks, more than 3.5 million truck drivers, and nearly 39 billion gallons of diesel fuel to move all that freight across the continent. The economy depends on trucks to deliver nearly 70 percent of all annually transported freight in the U.S. and Canada, accounting for USD 671 billion worth of manufactured and retail goods transported by truck in the U.S. and another USD 295 billion in trade with Canada. Trucks move more than 10.5 billion tons of freight per year, and approximately 5 percent of that tonnage was oversize/ overweight loads. Therefore, it’s important to have an automated permitting and routing system which offers significant efficiency, productivity, and cost-effective gains in the permitting and routing process to improve the motor carrier industry.

Best Practices for Routing and Permitting

As states and provinces implement and enhance automated permitting systems at an increasing rate, the safety and efficiency benefits have also grown. The benefits of automated permitting systems include:

  • The average permit turnaround time (PTA) has decreased from several days or hours to minutes for most routine loads, and the turnaround for superload permits has also quickened.
  • Increased compliance with a higher percentage of carriers who have ordered, obtained, and traveled on state-issued permits.
  • Increased automated permit volume has proportionally boosted revenues.
  • Permit accuracy has dramatically improved.
  • Roadway safety for all motorists has improved.
  • The structural integrity of infrastructure, including bridges and overhead structures, has improved.

Other permitting system best practices include:

  • The state or province has the authority to issue permits for a port.
  • The system has the functionality to issue permits for multiple states or provinces for a single OS/OW load, which promotes coordination of the OS/OW loads between states.
  • Issuing local permits for carriers whose OS/OW load includes local and state roads.
  • Notifying local governments of state permit loads traveling through their local jurisdiction.

The rapid development of technology creates new opportunities for the transportation industry. Moving forward, specialized transportation will reap the benefits of accurate global positioning system (GPS) data, geofencing, and software integration strategies.

Protection for Infrastructure and The Public

An important element of managing OS/OW loads is to have the capabilities to maintain a digital model of the highway system. This includes the location of all structures, detailed interchange configurations, bidirectional clearances, and all temporary restrictions. All structures and other appurtenances involved in the route must have a split-second analysis of vertical and horizontal clearances. Bridge analysis must be performed for the specific permit vehicle configuration over each specific structure. An integrated live-load bridge analysis of each structure on the route determines safe passage feasibility and any speed or lane restrictions.

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