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Solar power adds to PrePass's green credentials

Solar power is now being utilized for PrePass weighstation services to verify truck compliance with state requirements on I-95 near Flagler, Florida – one of 24 locations within the state using PrePass weighstation technology. Solar power is created from a small cluster of photovoltaic cells mounted on top of Florida’s roadside PrePass reader. An onsite battery array enables energy to be stored for powering the reader during inclement periods of up to eight days.

“PrePass’s pioneering efforts can blaze a trail for a more sustainable and eco-friendly transportation system as other intelligent transportation technologies follow suit,” explains Richard P. Landis, president and CEO of HELP, Inc – the public-private partnership that offers the weighstation technology.

PrePass enables qualified trucks to comply electronically with state safety, registration and weight requirements at highway speeds. By avoiding weighstation stops and idling in queues, trucks save time, reduce fuel consumption and contribute to a cleaner and safer transportation system.

PrePass electronically processed more than 55 million weighstation events in 2008, saving carriers more than 22 million gallons of fuel. Based on Environmental Protection Agency data, PrePass has reduced emissions at least 222 thousand metric tons, the equivalent of more than 11,000 US households.

Beginning in November, PrePass will unveil an expanded suite of services that help truckers manage fleets, control costs and improve highway safety.
 

October 28, 2009

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