Three companies unveil smart intermodal container
Aug 1, 2004 12:00 PM
E J Brooks Co, RAE Systems, and Savi Technology have unveiled an inter-connected sensor system that can automatically detect intrusions and sense interior environmental changes in temperature or humidity. It also can detect hazardous cargo such as radioactive materials, and wirelessly communicate its location and security status to a global information network in real-time.
The front of an 8' × 8' × 40' intermodal container — enhanced with multiple sensors, smart tags, and radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies — was introduced at the United States Maritime Security Conference at New York City's Jacob Javits Center.
The smart container was equipped with a Brooks door sensor seal (E-Seal), a RAE Systems radioactivity sensor (RadRAE), and Savi two-way network communication transponder (Sentinel). Data were transmitted over radio frequencies to the Savi SmartChain software platform and Savi Transportation Security System application for real-time monitoring and management.
The smart system is open, flexible, and modular in design and can include several types of sensors for hazardous chemical detection and various physical parameters including temperature, humidity, tilt, light, shock, vibration and atmospheric pressure. The demonstration container also incorporated passive RFID tags by Matrics, which are designed to be compliant with the evolving Electronic Product Code, to demonstrate real-time item-level visibility of the container's contents.
For more details, contact E J Brooks, 8 Microlab Rd, Livingston NJ 07039.
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