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Container tamper prevention to be submitted for testing

GE Security : 22 May, 2008  (New Product)
Government tests to be conducted on CommerceGuard technology for monitoring container loads to detect attempts to tamper with container contents.
GE Security has announced plans to submit its CommerceGuard container security solution for participation in the next phase of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) testing and evaluation of conveyance security devices (CSD).

CommerceGuard is a leading solution for global supply chain security, currently helping to protect intermodal shipping containers while they are in-transit by adding intrusion detection to other security measures already in place in the supply chain. Test and evaluation is an important step forward on the path to better protecting seaports and the entire global supply chain with the critical security layer CSDs can currently offer.

"CommerceGuard is pleased to submit its container security solution and we look forward to CBP's continued work to test and evaluate such products," said Randy Koch, general manager of GE Security's cargo security business and president of CommerceGuard. "CommerceGuard currently helps protect the supply chain by alerting officials if a container is opened without authorisation. The maritime supply chain remains vulnerable to those who would tamper with a US-bound container during its transit, especially during its journey from a foreign factory or warehouse to the seaport where it is loaded for its trip to the US"

According to the Department of Homeland Security's original synopsis of its request for information about conveyance security devices, "CBP is interested in understanding and testing the current state of the art in those CSD Systems offered as existing commercial products. The intent is to obtain mature CSD Systems to be tested in laboratory, field and under operational conditions in order to evaluate system readiness for operational deployment"

The CommerceGuard container security device is mounted inside a container as it is being loaded for shipment in order to monitor for, and report on, potential en route tampering. While in transit, the devices communicate securely with fixed and handheld readers. The readers forward encrypted security and tracking information wirelessly to the global CommerceGuard Information Network where it is accessible by authorised shippers and officials such as customs officers.

Automated tamper alerts are routed to appropriate authorities when warranted.
The CommerceGuard system is commercially used today, and is deployed at more than 20 leading seaports around the world. It is available through a global business collaboration consisting of GE Security, Mitsubishi Corporation, Samsung C&T Corporation and Siemens Building Technologies. CommerceGuard is adding an important layer of in-transit security and visibility to intermodal freight shipments.
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