ITTC Project

Advanced SensorNet Technologies to Monitor Trusted Corridors

Project Award Date: 08-25-2005


This project is demonstrating the tracking and monitoring technologies needed to establish a trusted corridor for international and domestic cargo movements along a path including inter-modal facilities. The results of this effort will lay the foundation for enhancing the ability of the private sector to efficiently embed security that provides business value, e.g., faster transport and reduced theft, while supporting law enforcement and national security.

Exports from Asia have increased, creating bottlenecks at key US ports. A Kansas City (KC) group, known as SmartPort, recognized the strategic position of KC and has actively worked to increase shipments through the KC area. SmartPort is developing a US export capability and has the only Mexican Customs clearance capability that is not at the border. This project will improve the efficiency and security of these trade lanes by combining real-time tracking and associated sensor information with trade data exchange (TDE) information. The focus is on technology development to address inter-modal transportation issues, and validation of the concepts via the deployment of a testbed.

KC SmartPort, through the Mid America Regional Council (MARC), is fostering the development of several trade lane projects that will result in increased commerce in the KC area. SmartPort/MARC supported EDS to execute the International Corridor Integration Project (ICIP), which demonstrated a reduction in international transport shipping time from KC to Mexico from 10-14 days to 3 days. SmartPort/MARC through its Intelligent Transportation Integration Project is supporting EDS to develop a Trade Data Exchange (TDE) that captures commercial clearance and other data. The ORNL SensorNet initiative is aimed at developing the technology, standards, and technical requirements for an integrated national warning and alert system to provide an incident discovery, awareness, and response capability, addressing local, regional, and national needs. Thus the ORNL SensorNet provides the basis for obtaining the real-time tracking and associated sensor information. The University of Kansas has been focused on creating technologies that will allow SensorNet to interact in an environment composed of multiple enterprises, owners, and operators of the infrastructure, including sensors and TDE. KU research has addressed assured and controlled access to SensorNet assets, implying a focus on security and management mechanisms; and archives and information dissemination, including interfaces/schemas. Research is focused on creating an interoperable TDE and SensorNet. A cost-effective communications system to facilitate continuous monitoring of containers and communications is also under study as is the role of evolving Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies. In the end, the benefit of the combination of SensorNet with TDE information will be demonstrated through field tests on a deployed testbed.


Faculty Investigator(s): Gary Minden, Victor Frost (PI), Joseph Evans, Daniel Deavours

Student Investigator(s): Jacob Staley, Andrew Boie, Satyasree Muralidharan, Supriya Vasudevan, Daniel Fokum, Victor Petty IV, Frederick (Ted) Weidling, Brian Cordill, Rakesh Rajbanshi, James Stevens, Eric Howell, Pradeepkumar Mani, Adam Powell, Martin Kuehnhausen, Angela Oguna, Matthew Zeets

Project Sponsors

Primary Sponsor(s): Oak Ridge National Laboratories

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