24 September 2009 A building block approach to security at shipping ports
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With over 360 ports of entry and 20 million sea, truck, and rail containers entering the United States every year, port facilities pose a large risk to security. Securing these ports and monitoring the variety of traffic that enter and leave is a major task. To accomplish this, the authors propose a fully distributed building block approach to port security. Based on prior work accomplished in the design and fielding of an intelligent transportation system in the United States, building blocks can be assembled, mixed and matched, and scaled to provide a comprehensive security system. Network blocks, surveillance blocks, sensor blocks, and display blocks will be developed and demonstrated in the lab, and at an inland port. The following functions will be demonstrated and scaled through analysis and demonstration: Barge tracking, credential checking, container inventory, vehicle tracking, and situational awareness. The concept behind this research is "any operator on any console can control any device at any time."
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Robert C. Huck, Mouhammad K. Al-Akkoumi, Samer Shammaa, James J. Sluss, Sridhar Radhakrishnan, Thomas L. Landers, "A building block approach to security at shipping ports", Proc. SPIE 7480, Unmanned/Unattended Sensors and Sensor Networks VI, 748006 (24 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.830079; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.830079
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