Perhaps you are unaware of the American Trucking Association's Mobile Watch Program. The strategy enlists truck drivers and transportation companies to keep a watchful eye out for bad guys, evil doers and international terrorists. And guess what? It is working.
But that is not all the Trucking Industry is doing to protect our nation, we now have Satellite Shut off Systems for tanker trucks. If a truck is hijacked then the truck is shut down in route, preventing disaster and that truck is stopped and cannot be used as a truck bomb. The Department of Transportation has also instituted additional checks before issuing Hazardous Materials CDLs.
There are also now more technologies being put in at Truck Scales such as high-tech sensors. The US has ramped up its Border Checks to prevent smuggling of weapons, illegal aliens, narcotics or contraband from entering America. Stopping a Truck Bomb is the goal and it is taken seriously at our borders and by implementing stringent US Port Security to track Truck Cargo Trailers.
Thanks to the use of Radios and Transponders, along with Modern GPS the authorities are using a synergistic approach to policing our Highways and protecting our citizens. Truck Drivers are also enjoying the use of modern communication systems to stay in touch with family and business contacts using Truck Stops and WiFi.
New Technologies with “In Motion Internet Access" are getting cheaper and now many cell phones can contact the Internet too. Meanwhile dispatchers can keep in contact with all their trucks using Real-Time Virtual Dash Boards. And lets not forget the 3G +, 4G and Promises of 5G Cell Phone. All this and more is on its way, as modern trucking is working hard to protect us and remain efficient too.
L. Winslow is an Economic Advisor to the Online Think Tank, a Futurist and retired entreprenuer. Currently he is planning a bicycle ride across the US to raise money for charity and is sponsored by http://www.Calling-Plans.com and all the proceeds will go to various charities who sign up.