Can Automation Help Make Ports More Secure?

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ustoms authorities overseeing U.S. ports want to focus more intently on cargo that poses a potential security threat. But to do that they need relief from the demands of monitoring millions of incoming containers deemed no danger.

This is best done, according to technology providers and government and port officials, by deploying a host of technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, electronic seals, Web sites for managing freight and traffic, radar, electronic “variable message signs” and closed-circuit television systems.

Together, industry experts said, these technologies can automate many aspects of freight handling, improve intermodal mobility and ease traffic in and out of ports.

For example, John Mohler of Par Logistics said that ultimately technology could be used to track cargo continuously as it moves by motor, rail and ocean carriers.

For the full story, see the September/October issue of iTECH, which appeared as a supplement in the Sept. 8 print edition of Transport Topics. Subscribe today.



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