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Think Tank Session


1:30 - 5:30 p.m. Invitation-only.


In light of the events of September 11, 2001, enhancing the security of transportation and shipping in the United States is of high priority. This increased need for security comes at a time when truck crossings at U.S. borders have grown significantly from 2.7 million in 1994 to 4.3 million in 2001.

Tracking safe content in trucks, let alone identifying hazardous materials, forms the challenge to the California Highway Patrol and the California Trucking Association. Assuring the timely delivery of goods remains foremost in the minds of the trucking industry. Arriving at a solution that will enhance national security, while not hobbling the efficient flow of transportation, is key.

Sensor and control technologies have revolutionized what is known as the "Intelligent Transportation" arena. Applying sensor equipment to trucks, transportation facilities and transportation infrastructure such as inspection facilities and checkpoints raises the level of security and safety through enhanced information gathering and analysis. Sensor equipment could include threat sensors (e.g. chemical agent, toxic industrial chemical, biological, explosives, and radiological sensors), object detection (e.g. metal detectors), intrusion or motion detection, and infrastructure integrity monitoring (e.g. border cross checking).

This Think Tank Session will focus around the use of sensors and sensor networks to enhance safety and security in the trucking industry. SAP, a Corporate Sponsor of the Center, is hosting this session.

The Think Tank Session is designed to elicit the following:

  • Outline specific security measures which the trucking industry must adhere to in the State of California
  • Delineate the needs, concerns and requirements of the trucking industry in adhering to such security measures
  • Explore the feasibility of employing sensors and sensor networks for asset tracking and management

The proceedings of this session will be shared with the participants. This is part of a series of sessions around technology innovation in the area of Homeland Security.