OTTAWA, Canada – November 29, 2017 – Quarterhill Inc. ("Quarterhill') (TSX:QTRH) (NASDAQ:QTRH), announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary, International Road Dynamics Inc. ("IRD"), has been awarded a contract valued at more than US $3.7 million with the Idaho Transportation Department (“ITD”) to supply and install a Mainline Electronic Screening System at the Sage Junction Port of Entry.
This system will weigh and measure commercial vehicles at highway speeds using IRD’s Single Load Cell Weigh-In-Motion (“WIM”) scales. Automated License Plate Recognition and Automated Vehicle Identification systems will work in conjunction with the WIM to confirm vehicle credentials and weight compliance. Vehicle information will be gathered and queried against the IRD intelligent Roadside Operations Computer (“iROC”) database. Decisions will be made in real-time whether vehicles may bypass weigh stations or report for further inspection. Notification is provided to the commercial vehicle via an in-vehicle transponder and roadside signaling.
During peak times, weigh stations often exceed capacity and are forced to close or allow commercial vehicles to bypass the weigh station until the backlog of trucks is cleared. By utilizing IRD's mainline electronic screening and WIM systems, commercial vehicle enforcement facilities can focus on high-risk vehicles, allowing compliant carriers with good safety records to bypass. Not only does this greatly improve the effectiveness of the facility, but it also provides a considerable benefit to the trucking industry by reducing weigh station wait times, fuel costs, and greenhouse gas emissions.
Mr. Terry Bergan, IRD’s President and CEO stated: "Currently, Idaho employs the IRD iROC e-screening system at 4 locations throughout the State. This contract complements IRD's previous deployments in Idaho by further expanding the State’s network of fully automated weigh station facilities. We look forward to working with ITD on this project."
IRD is a highway traffic management technology company specializing in supplying products and systems to the global Intelligent Transportation Systems industry. IRD is a North American company based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada with sales and service offices throughout the United States and overseas. Private corporations, transportation agencies and highway authorities around the world use IRD's products and advanced systems to manage and protect their highway infrastructures.
Quarterhill is a diversified investment holding company focused on growing its business by acquiring technology companies in the Industrial Internet of Things (“IIoT”) segment across multiple verticals. Quarterhill targets companies with a broad range of products and services that capture, analyze and interpret data, and that have strong financial performance, excellent management teams, strong intellectual property underpinnings and significant opportunities to develop long-term recurring and growing revenue streams. Quarterhill is listed on the TSX and NASDAQ under the symbol QTRH. For more information: www.quarterhill.com.
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