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Advanced CVISN (CVISN 102)


Cathy Krupa
Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
7 Princeton Place
Princeton Jct., NJ 08550
Phone: 609 897 0914
E-mail: [email protected]



This comprehensive course focuses on the nationwide partnership, the Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN).  In its simplest form CVISN is an information-sharing effort, however it is far from simple with respect to the number of partners involved, the range of technologies deployed, the technical and institutional issues that must be addressed, and the funding challenges that occur throughout the CVISN life cycle. This course builds on the knowledge gained in the Introduction to ITS/CVO and CVISN (CVISN 101) course by providing in-depth coverage of the major elements of CVISN deployment, including outreach, funding, implementation options, and real-world technology solutions.



After completing this course, students should be able to:

  • State the goals and objectives of CVISN.
  • Indicate how CVISN Core and Expanded capabilities differ.
  • Identify key CVISN partners and methods for obtaining their support.
  • Describe the major types of CVISN funding sources.
  • Explain the benefits of the CVISN Architecture.
  • Identify the key components of safety information exchange, credentials administration, and electronic screening.
  • Provide examples of new systems deployed by states to support electronic credentialing and safety and credentials data exchange.
  • List the benefits of CVISN.
  • Describe recent efforts to provide enhanced security in the transportation of hazardous materials.


Public-sector Transportation Professionals including US DOT engineers, planners, project managers, and field staff, FTA Regional staff, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Specialists, and others as appropriate. Transportation professionals from state, regional, and local agencies would also benefit from participation in the course.



Approximately eight to ten hours.



None required.



The course outline is as follows:

    Lesson 1. Introduction – CVISN Basics

    • Introduction to CVISN
    • CVISN Goals and Objectives
      • Islands of Technology
      • CVISN Goals
      • CVISN Objectives
    • Core Capabilities
    • Expanded CVISN
    • Participating States
    • Objectives for the Course
    • Lesson 1 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 1 Quiz

    Lesson 2. Outreach and Education - Securing and Maintaining Buy-In

    • Introduction
    • Stakeholders
      • Stakeholder Involvement Exercise
      • Stakeholder Involvement: Conclusion
      • Best Practice: CVISN Champion
      • Barriers Among Stakeholders
      • Funding Entities
    • Outreach Strategies
      • Outreach and Education Strategies
        • Organization
        • Communications
        • Training
        • Managed Expectations
      • Best Practice: Multifaceted Industry Involvement in Connecticut
      • Best Practice: Partnering with the Washington Trucking Associations
    • Conclusion
    • Lesson 2 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 2 Quiz

    Lesson 3. Financing - Paying for CVISN

    • Introduction
    • Basic Action Steps
    • Funding Sources
      • Major Types of Funding Sources
      • Key Funding Sources
    • Federal ITS and CVISN Deployment Grants
      • What Is a State Match?
      • Key Federal-Aid Grant Programs
    • Best Practice: Funding
    • Highway Safety Grants
      • PRISM
      • MCSAP
    • User Fees
    • Dedicated State Funds
    • Public-Private Partnerships
      • HELP, Inc.
      • TruckingKS
    • Other Sources of Funding
    • Lesson 3 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 3 Quiz

    Lesson 4. Integrating Systems - A System of Systems

    • CVISN Architecture
      • Standardized Interfaces
      • Flexible Deployment Options
      • Review: High-Level Benefits of CVISN Architecture
    • CVISN Architecture: Key Operational Concepts
    • CVISN Systems
    • Systems Operated by Different Stakeholders
    • Core Infrastructure Systems
    • State Systems
    • Carrier Systems
    • Legacy Systems
    • New Systems Developed by States
    • CVISN: A System of Systems
    • Interoperability
      • Interoperability Testing
    • CVISN Deployment Process
    • CVISN Integration with Statewide Initiatives
    • Lesson 4 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 4 Quiz

    Lesson 5. Technology Solutions and Issues, Part 1 – What States Are Doing

    • Safety Information Exchange
      • What Is Safety Information Exchange?
      • Safety Information Exchange: Objective #1
      • SAFER Design
      • CVIEW Design
      • Safety Information Exchange: Objective #2
      • Benefits of Safety Information Exchange
    • Key Components of Safety Information Exchange
      • Safety Information Exchange: Snapshots
      • Knowledge Check: Components of Safety Information Exchange
      • Components of Safety Information Exchange: Summary
    • CVIEW Deployment Options
      • CVIEW Requirements
      • CVIEW Data Exchange With SAFER
      • Other CVIEW Planning Decisions
    • PRISM and Safety Information Exchange
      • PRISM: Improving Carrier Safety Performance
      • PRISM and the CVISN Architecture
      • Coordinating CVIEW and PRISM
    • Putting It All Together
      • Best Practice: Roadside Wireless Data Access
    • Lesson 5 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 5 Quiz

    Lesson 6. Technology Solutions and Issues, Part 2 – What States Are Doing

    • Credentials Administration
      • What Is Credentials Administration?
      • Objectives of Credentials Administration
      • Benefits of Credentials Administration
      • Key Components of Credentials Administration
      • Key Operational Concepts for Credentials Administration
    • Electronic Credentialing Deployment Options
      • E-Credentialing Deployment Options: Conforming To the Architecture
      • Electronic Credentialing Portals
      • Best Practice: Stakeholder Survey
      • Stakeholder Preferences for Electronic Credentialing
      • Electronic Credentialing: Key Design Decisions
      • Electronic Credentialing: Key Planning Decisions
    • Electronic Screening
      • What Is Electronic Screening?
      • Objectives of Electronic Screening
      • Electronic Screening: Key Point
      • Benefits of Electronic Screening
      • Key Components of Electronic Screening
      • Key Operational Concepts for Electronic Screening
    • Electronic Screening Deployment Options
      • Review: Outcomes of Electronic Screening
      • Electronic Screening: Conforming to the Architecture
      • E-Screening Enrollment
      • Electronic Screening Programs
      • Best Practice: Agriculture Pre-Clearance Program
      • Electronic Screening: Key Design Decisions
    • Lesson 6 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 6 Quiz

    Lesson 7. Evolving Technologies and Capabilities -- What's New?

    • Introduction
    • Dedicated Short Range Communications
      • Existing DSRC Standard
      • New DSRC Standard
      • Advantages of the New DSRC Standard
      • DSRC Devices
      • Rolling Out the 5.9 GHz DSRC Program
      • Standards Organizations
      • Migrating DSRC Systems to the New Standard
    • Virtual Weigh Stations
      • Virtual Roadside Sites
      • What Is a Virtual Weigh Station?
      • States Deploying Virtual Weigh Stations
      • Benefits of Virtual Weigh Stations
      • New Technologies Supporting Homeland Security
    • Lesson 7 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 7 Quiz

    Lesson 8. Evaluating CVISN - What We Have Learned

    • CVISN Goals and Benefits
    • Objectives of CVISN Deployment
    • CVISN Evaluations
      • CVISN Evaluations - Resources
      • CVISN Self-Evaluation Reports
      • CVISN Self-Evaluation for Deployment
      • CVISN Self-Evaluation for Costs
      • CVISN Self-Evaluation for Benefits and Lessons Learned
    • Best Practices: Guidance in Completing the Benefits and Lessons Learned Template
    • ITS Benefits and Costs Database
      • Benefits Database - Resources
      • Adding to the Benefits and Costs Database
      • Reported CVISN Results and Benefits
      • CVISN Results and Benefits - Resources
    • CVISN Case Studies
      • Electronic Credentialing in Washington State
      • Safety Information Exchange in Connecticut
      • Best Practices from State Officials and Other CVISN Parties
      • Future CVISN Enhancement in Connecticut
    • Lesson 8 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 8 Quiz

    Lesson 9. Security – Enhancing the Security of Surface Transportation

    • Commercial Vehicle Security
      • Safety and Security
      • New Security Programs
      • Security Topics and Initiatives
    • Homeland Security
      • ITS/CVO for Homeland Security Workshop
      • Application of ITS to Homeland Security
      • Application of ITS to Homeland Security: Stakeholder Views
      • Existing Security-Related Projects
    • Hazardous Materials Transportation
      • Reducing Hazmat-Related Security Risks
      • Review of Key Steps to Reduce Hazmat-Related Security Risks
      • Hazardous Materials Permit Program
      • Best Practice: Hazardous Materials
    • Border Crossings and Corridors
      • I-95 Corridor Region
      • Container and Truck Trailer Security Project
      • United States-Canada Border Region
      • Northern Border Safety and Security Study
    • Lesson 9 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 9 Quiz

    Lesson 10. Related Strategies and Projects – What Else Is Out There

    • Research and Technology
      • Research & Technology Program: Goals
      • Research & Technology Program: Strategic Objectives
    • Key Research & Technology Projects
      • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII)
        • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): Vision
        • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): Operational Concept
        • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): Potential Applications
        • Vehicle Infrastructure Integration (VII): Deployment Plan
      • Smart Park
        • SmartPark: Key Reading
        • Key Elements of Smart Park
      • VII and Smart Park: Conclusion
      • COMPASS and Customer Service
    • Lesson 10 Objectives Review
    • Lesson 10 Quiz








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