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South Dakota Department of Transportation
Project Synopsis

Title: Electronic Screening Information Exchange
Project Researcher: Randy Allemeier,
Project Manager: Hal Rumpca
Research Period: 8/6/2007 - 10/31/2007
Status: Approved
Cost: $28,658.00

Problem Statement:South Dakota has successfully established an electronic screening program, but the effectiveness of the NorPass™ affiliated system has been limited by the small number of states that enter vehicle registration data, transponder identification, and other necessary information into the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Safety and Fitness Electronic Records (SAFER) system. South Dakota needs to create supplementary processes for acquiring information related to its screening criteria, so a greater number of vehicles can take advantage of E-Screening privileges.

The electronic screening system at the Jefferson Port of Entry is supplied data by South Dakotas CVIEW-Plus™ implementation. Therefore, a viable mechanism for including transponder data in the electronic screening system is for CVIEW-Plus™ to accumulate vehicle and transponder data elements and transmit them to the electronic screening system. The states of Washington and Kentucky currently perform a transponder data warehousing function for western and eastern NorPass™ jurisdictions that do not upload data to SAFER. Kentucky has recently agreed to supply its transponder data to Washington so the majority of NorPass™ transponder data will be available from an FTP site maintained by Washington. Therefore, it is possible for South Dakotas CVIEW-Plus to acquire data from the FTP site, process it into the CVIEW-Plus SAFER compatible database, and transmit it to the electronic screening system at the Jefferson Port of Entry and other future e-screening sites in South Dakota.


Research Objectives:
1  To create a supplementary process for acquiring electronic screening data for vehicles from states who do not provide e-screening information to SAFER.
2  To increase the number of e-screening compliant vehicles in the South Dakota CVIEW-Plus database.

Research Tasks:
1  Meet with the project's technical panel to review the project scope and work plan.
2  Review and summarize existing research concerning electronic screening applications and communications protocols with the SAFER system.
3  Establish an FTP connection with Washington X-CVIEW server and download transaction sets T0025 - T0031.
4  Process data in auxiliary tables to remove extraneous and duplicate data by comparing records with those in the CVIEW-Plus database, move the SAFER specification compliant data to production tables, and track and log the processing events.
5  Test the process to ensure the data complies with the SAFER specifications and that the transaction sets downloaded from the Washington server do not overwrite authoritative or more current data available in the CVIEW-Plus.
6  Provide any debugging necessary to ensure the process works as intended and the software is compliant with the CVIEW-Plus and SAFER systems.
7  Install the completed software and test to ensure the process works with the IRD e-screening system installed at the Jefferson Port of Entry.
8  Provide documentation which can be used to update the CVISN architecture and CVIEW-Plus test plan.
9  Maintain the interface components to ensure functionality consistent with the on-going maintenance agreement between Iteris and the SDDOT.
10  Make an executive presentation to the SDDOT Research Review Board at the conclusion of the Core CVISN project.

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