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Jun 6, 2016

TRUCK STOPS USA - * Cargo thefts more dangerous sites - ** REACHING PARKING TRUCK through TECH

* Arkansas - Protecting cargo never ends for truckers

--- No amount of vigilance will ever eliminate theft from the trucking industry... More than $138 million in cargo was stolen from truckers in 2015, according to a report from FreightWatch International of Austin, Texas. Protecting freight is a daily worry for transportation executives whose trucks are crisscrossing the nation daily with trailers full of goods... Technology has helped truckers. Thanks to better in-cab communication systems, drivers can stay in constant contact with headquarters or law enforcement on the road, and tracking devices can register where trailers are... But if the transportation industry has grown sophisticated, so has the thieving industry... Tony Longinotti of PAM Transport Services of Tontitown said thieves will show up at a pickup point with counterfeit paperwork and then drive off with an entire trailer. More common are thieves who root through an unlocked or unguarded trailer for merchandise while it’s parked at a warehouse or a rest stop or fueling station...
Of the 2015 cargo thefts, FreightWatch said nearly half happened in California, Florida and Texas. Georgia and New Jersey are also popular states for cargo thefts...
Litle Rock, ARK, USA - The Arkansas Business, by Marty Cook - Jun. 6, 2016

Minnesota - Parking a truck is a pain tin the butt. 

-- Long-haul truckers they struggle because there simply aren’t enough parking spots... There aren’t enough parking spaces -or enough spaces in the right places- to accommodate the growing number of trucks hauling stuff around the country. According to the Department of Transportation, which made an exhaustive survey of on this ultra-specific subject, 75 percent of drivers said they regularly have trouble finding a safe place to park when it’s time to bed down. In desperation, some park on the shoulder, a ramp, or an abandoned gas station. Others keep rolling, burning fuel and time as they continue the search. This is troubling... One way of doing that is making it easier to find a place to sleep, something University of Minnesota computer scientists are doing with cameras and image processing software. The system monitors parking lots and provide a real-time tally of spaces... Ultimately, they’d like to install it throughout Minnesota and seven other midwestern states... Cameras are the centerpiece of the system, hanging like street lamps alongside parking lots and rest stops. Image recognition software scans the images and identifies vacant spaces, and a computer transmits that information to signs along the highway. “Ten spaces ahead,” one might tell a weary driver pushing on through a rainy night. Unlike other automated systems that use embedded ground sensors, this tech is accurate 95 percent of the time... At one point, their queries crashed the team’s website... Meanwhile, the trucking industry wants to find a way of easily transmitting this information directly into everyone’s truck. Drivers’ trucks might straight-up speak to them when there’s a spot nearby. The steering wheel might vibrate, or an alert might come through the radio. However it happens, it shouldn’t happen on a smartphone. As bad as it is to drive while drowsy, it’s even worse to text while driving...
(Image from UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION STUDIES - A truck parking lot captured by one the project’s cameras)   -- Minneapolis, MINN, USA - Wired, by AARIAN MARSHALL - 6 June 16

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