Research Project Information

Research Project Summary Information

High Speed Thermal Imaging Truck Inspection System (ST10384-1)

International Electronic Machines Corp.,


With assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the Contractor is developing and demonstrating a Smart Infrared Inspection System (SIRIS) that will be deployed at inspection/weigh stations where commercial vehicles will be slowing for inspection. This system addresses each of the primary concerns states have with thermal inspection. SIRIS uses smart image processing combined with an expert system to automatically detect and evaluate thermal signature, and to report potential problem vehicles to inspectors. Due to limitations of currently available technology, this system is limited to screening vehicles traveling below 40mph, which is acceptable for the intended system design. Increasingly, New York and other states are becoming more interested in conducting their pre-screening efforts on the mainline stretches of Interstate highways. A number of wireless inspection technologies are under investigation in New York, including virtual weigh stations using remotely accessed Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) scales and advanced Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII) systems where vehicles interact directly with roadside sensors and other communication systems. The addition of thermal imaging to these main line pre-screening system is a logical extension of the current state of technology.

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Project Description

The primary technical tasks include: 1.) Identify and develop high-speed thermal imaging sensors to allow for automatic inspection of vehicles traveling at highway speed. 2.) Design high speed system based on this sensor that can be easily deployed on Interstate highways. 3.) Modify intelligent processing algorithms to operate at high speeds. 4.) Interface this system with existing or emerging wireless inspection systems, and 5.) Demonstrate the functionality of High Speed SIRIS at wireless inspection facilities in NYS.


Successful development and demonstration of High Speed SIRIS will have several important benefits. While some of these benefits are tangible and quantifiable, other benefits, particularly in the realm of improved highway safety may be less amenable to direct quantification. Overall, achieving the goal of efficient pre-screening of vehicles using High Speed SIRIS will enable State enforcement inspectors to concentrate their efforts on vehicles that have a recognizable problem. On the whole, thermal imaging may reduce the number of vehicles required to enter inspection sites by as much as 60%. This will result in decrease fuel consumption, decreased release of air pollutants, and decreased operating costs for motor carrier operators

Project Results


International Electronic Machines Corp.,
850 River St
Troy, NY 12180

Principle Investigator

Zack Mian

Universities Involved


Project Type:

Product Development

Technologies Types:


NYSERDA Contact Information

Joseph Tario


R&D -Transport & Power Systems

Contract Details

Start Date: 1/11/2010
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: ST10384-1

Last Updated: 5/23/2013