Help Inc. aims to increase highway safety with InfoRM

by Truck West

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Help Inc. announced the release of InfoRM, an intelligence tool it says revolutionizes the way carriers look at safety data.

“We specialize in the safe and efficient movement of freight,” said Mark Doughty, vice-president and CEO of Help Inc. during the American Trucking Association’s Management Conference and Exhibition Oct. 1. “One of the key things in our program is the data. We spend on average around half a million dollars to get this data…which includes Canada as well.”

The provider of PrePass, a weigh station bypassing technology, Help Inc.’s new InfoRM tool provides carriers with information that helps understand the anatomy of inspection selection system (ISI) scores, a key factor enforcement agencies use to figure out which vehicles they will inspect.

“Fleets now have a tool that allows them to create a plan for immediate safety improvements,” said Doughty. “Carriers can clearly identify the issues that are adversely affecting their safety scores. These new data dashboards enable fleets to create awareness across their organization and facilitate changes in areas such as vehicle maintenance and driver behavior.”

The information snapshot InfoRM provides gives carriers data on where their trucks are being expected and receiving violations, what type of inspections trucks are failing and problem areas and trends.

Doughty said InfoRM (Information and Reports Manager) allows carriers to analyze data from the national, state, county and even down to a specific station level.

Drew Anderson, product manager for Help Inc., said InfoRM provides three new, unique views when it comes to safety. Those include an interactive map of truck inspection and violation locations by state, city and highway; a search by VIN number, site, violation and equipment to identify clusters and trends; and historical views of inspections and violations with the ability to export data and integrate it into other fleet management tools.

Anderson said the new system can actually provide visibility and magnification for their customers, mapping out where violations occur, adding that the data that is included ‘is absolutely amazing,’ as it includes driver fitness notifications and can be managed by activity or invoice date, fleet wide, by truck, state, weigh station or transponder signal.

“I want to provide data that enables the carrier to go and have a conversation with enforcement to find a solution,” said Anderson, adding that increasing safety is Help Inc.’s primary goal in what they do with products like InfoRM.
A full rollout of the new program will occur during the first quarter of 2017 to all PrePass customers, with limited availability at present.

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