Prevent Fraud & End Cheating at Your Truck Scales
Published on : Monday 01-08-2022
With DataBridge™ MS software and unattended weighing solutions one can prevent fraud in weight measurement.
What if you were the victim of a crime you didn’t know to look for? What if you were getting robbed of your product, but in small enough increments that you did not notice right away?
This disturbing trend has been increasing in recent months and is now showing up in all parts of the world. Just as cyber criminals continue to innovate and outsmart the system, thieves at the truck scale are doing the same.
Fraud at the truck scale happens every day, regardless of the industry or size of the company. Thieves constantly devise new ways to cheat businesses that buy or sell truckloads of material by weight. Protect yourself with the built-in security features of DataBridge™ MS software.
Many software programs rely on password protection alone. DataBridge™ MS software uses password protection with defined access levels, but that is just the first layer of fraud prevention. The software provides an arsenal of anti-fraud features designed to stop the tactics that criminals use to cheat truck scales.
DataBridge™ MS software prevents electronic manipulation of weight readings by plotting a curve for each truck that drives across a scale. If a driver or scale operator uses an electronic device to tamper with a weight reading, the weight curve will spike up or down to indicate the sudden weight change. Weight curves can be monitored in real time and stored for administrators to review later.
Stored tare weights
By storing tare weights, the software prevents drivers from artificially inflating the weight of empty trucks. Stored tare weights protect against drivers who carry extra weight for an inbound weighing and then discard the weight before the outbound weighing. You can require new tare weights at regular intervals and keep those weights honest by comparing them with the previous tare weight or with an average tare weight.
The software’s optional camera module makes full use of cameras to identify trucks and verify the legitimacy of transactions. It allows scale operators to monitor live video of the scales and spot trucks that are positioned incorrectly. The software also records images of key events (such as when a truck’s weight is captured), storing those images with the transaction record.
A preload feature ensures that suppliers are not paid more than once for an individual load. Administrators schedule deliveries of bulk materials and preload information for each one. When a truck arrives at the scale, the software retrieves the preloaded transaction for the truck and begins processing it. By requiring a preloaded transaction for each delivery, the software prevents drivers from getting more than one ticket for a load
A tamper-proof audit log stores a permanent record of all weighing transactions and changes made to the database. Administrators can review any record at any time to verify its legitimacy. The software also tracks reprinted tickets, providing evidence if a scale operator cheats the business by issuing multiple tickets for an individual load.
Unattended weighing solutions
Unattended weighing is an effective strategy for increasing productivity and reducing operating costs. It introduces self-service efficiency to a vehicle-weighing operation. An unattended solution is ideal for scales in remote locations, scales that operate around the clock, and facilities with multiple scales. DataBridge™ MS software is available with an optional unattended module that allows truck drivers to process their own weighing transactions at self-service terminals
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