inthinc Technology Solutions Inc., a telematics product provider, last week announced the availability of a cell and text detection antenna which detects cell phone wave frequencies emitted from the driver seat, verbally warns the user to terminate the call or text and sends real-time alerts to a web portal or directly to a manger.
According to the company, the information allows fleet managers to enforce compliance with company, state and federal regulations, including the standards set forth in the recent National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommendation – which called for the nationwide ban on driver’s use of cell phones.
In anticipation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association's (FMCSA) recent ban on all cell phone use for commercial vehicles -- and in support of the NTSB recommendation – inthinc (Salt lake City, Utah, U.S.A.) developed the patented technology to help fleet managers remain compliant with federal regulations.
The technology can decipher various wave frequencies including phone calls, text messages and emails. Managers can adjust the settings to either send an in-cab voice alert to drivers when a cell signal is detected, or quietly report the violation to the manager via email or text alert, says inthinc.
If commercial carriers violate the federal rule, they may face fines of up to $11,000, says inthinc.
"The Department of Transportation (DOT) has made it clear that the responsibility rests with the carriers and that written anti-cell use policies are not sufficient preventive measures," said Todd W. Follmer, CEO of inthinc Technology Solutions. "Distracted driving accounts for 16% of traffic fatalities."
Working with various federal entities, inthinc designed the cell and text detector according to specifications recommended by the FMCSA, NTSB, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the DOT.