DOT to test high-tech hazmat monitoring

| 9/11/2002

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a government and industry effort to test systems designed to protect hazardous cargo from being hijacked by terrorists.

The two-year effort will involve 100 trucks equipped with a variety of existing technologies. The project will test biometric driver verification, off-route vehicle alerts, stolen vehicle alerts, cargo tampering alerts and remote vehicle disabling.

DOT awarded the contract for the program to the Battelle Memorial Institute of Columbus, OH. The government's share will be $2.5 million. DOT said "private and public sector participants have committed significant cost sharing for the project, in effect doubling the buying power of the $2.5 million."

The Battelle team includes the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the American Transportation Research Institute (formerly the ATA Foundation), Qualcomm Inc., Total Security Systems Inc., and several motor carrier companies and technology component vendors.