Once the owner of an oil & gas service company, Brian fell in love with the trucking industry after he and co-founder Fred Ko acquired a technology used to inspect brakes on the fly. Over the past 15 years, their mission to improve highway safety has resulted in two companies and a host of innovative technologies.
Their first venture, Intelligent Imaging Systems, delivers a suite of smart commercial truck screening services — from thermal brake inspections to hazmat placard readers — to law enforcement agencies across North America. In 2013, they spun off Drivewyze, a wholly-owned subsidiary that offers weigh station bypass services to truck drivers and fleets.
A software as a service (SaaS) business, Drivewyze uses location-based technology to communicate with participating weigh stations and inspection sites, asking if a truck can bypass. The chances of getting a bypass are determined by the carrier’s safety score.
“We want zero crashes and zero fatalities from large trucks and a way to do that is to positively incentivize the industry to improve their safety practices,” Brian says.
Drivewyze can be downloaded as an app or comes preinstalled in certain Electronic Logging Devices (ELD). The software uses algorithms to determine a carrier’s sliding bypass rate and geofencing to activate bypass requests.
From a carrier perspective, Drivewyze saves time and money (around five minutes and $8.78 USD for every bypass), while for enforcement agencies it helps triage carriers, so they can focus on the trucks that need more scrutiny.
“When a weigh station gets busy, the trucks can start to back up onto the highway, which is a safety hazard,” VP of marketing Doug Johnson explains. “So when scales get busy they will often turn the ‘pull in’ sign off… and all these trucks go down the highway [uninspected.]”