Interplat Develops Electronic
Crash Reporting System
to serve Law Enforcement Agencies Across North
eCrash is wireless mobile application that replaces paper based crash reports. This
application allows crash report data to be entered once, unlike the current process,
and minimizes human error by providing extensive user-friendly features. Also, accident
reports can be immediately transmitted to the officer's supervisor for approval. The
system provides a central server repository that can be used for statistical reports
and data analysis.
The eCrash system serves over 150 Law Enforcement agencies across North Carolina.
The paper based crash reporting mechanism on the DMV-349 form was
consuming and cumbersome. This was true for the officers in the field, the
Enforcement Agencies who needed the data themselves, and the DMV. When using
the paper based system the data for each crash report was manually entered
times. Once by the
officer him/herself. Once by the specific law enforcement agency,
for their own records, and finally by the DMV into their own central
addition, the delay inherent in a paper
based system was
problematic. It took
on average 2-3 weeks for a crash report
it to the DMV central database.
Insurance companies and individuals
involved in the crash could not get copies
of the crash report in a
integration of Trancite
Logic Systems' Easy Street Draw crash
drawing package allowed officers to
quickly diagram the crash scene.
The eCrash software is lightweight and
easily deployed across wireless networks.
Interplat's first step was to make better
use of existing hardware and Microsoft®
Windows™ operating systems
by writing the client application with Microsoft®
VisualStudio. A three-tier model, which was so successful for
developed with Microsoft's component-based architecture. By implementing
solution based on COM, Interplat was able to make use of various
components and write the complete application in less
than six months. The
result was an intuitive, easy to use,
single-window application that Windows™
users have come to expect.
integrity challenges were solved by extensive use of dropdown lists.
in the lists are filtered appropriately so that an officer
cannot inadvertently make a bad
choice. The use of dropdowns not
only solved the data integrity issues, but also greatly
the data entry time.
the data entry
further by implementing
the ability for
officers to enter
driver information either by
scanning the North
license barcode or by getting the
from the North
Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.
In addition, many of
the fields default
to the last used values, allowing
officers to skip
over them entirely.
deployment issue was solved by
creating a professional, wizard-style
installation that can be run either from
a CD-ROM, a network, or the
Department of Motor Vehicles and
° Runs on Microsoft® Windows™
(95, 98, Me, NT, 2000,
° Microsoft® VisualStudio™
° Microsoft® Access™
Microsoft® Data Access Components
Like eCitation, eCrash allows officers to work either "online" or
"offline". When working
online, crash reports may be
electronically transmitted to a centralized server, where a
supervisor can review the crash report. Once acted upon by a
supervisor, the system
successful and unsuccessful crash report completion by either associating
DMV "crash ID" with the crash report or presenting the officer with
messages. If errors are encountered, the officer
may correct them and retransmit the
crash report to his/her
supervisor. Data entry errors are
again greatly reduced by
improved client-side data validation before
The ability to
work "offline" allows officers to continue writing crash reports even if the
centralized server is down.
still print their crash reports in the well known DMV-349 format
required by their supervisors, or the courts.
If you would like to evaluate the eCrash software, you may fill out
the request form to
receive either a CD or an onsite demonstration.