HELP is on The Way

by Chris Hill, Principal; Castle Rock Consultants, 18 Liberty Street, SW, Leesburg, VA 22075,
Peter Davies, President; Castle Rock Consultants, 18 Liberty Street, SW, Leesburg, VA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1990, Vol. 60, Issue 2, Pg. 64-64

Document Type: Feature article


Hill and Davies describe current progress on the development of a Heavy Vehicle Electronic License Plate (HELP) system in the United States. The HELP system concept combines automatic vehicle identification (AVI), weigh-in-motion (WIM) and automatic vehicle classification (AVC) technologies with a data communications and processing network. The aim is to provide a national heavy vehicle monitoring and management system, which could be used for a variety of purposes by government agencies and the trucking industry. The article summarizes the results of technical and economic feasibility studies of the HELP concept and the initiation of a multi-million dollar program led by a group of government transportation officials and industry representatives to conduct a large scale demonstration of the system. Called the Crescent, this project is scheduled to begin in October 1990 at up to 3- sites stretching from the Canadian border to central Texas.

Subject Headings: Automatic identification systems | Systems management | Government | Industries | Feasibility studies | Licensure and certification | Plates | Communication systems | United States | Texas

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