Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced the
beginning of its Hazardous Materials Safety and Security Field Operational
Test to measure the effectiveness of “superhighway” or intelligent
operational test will help improve security and will help spur innovative
technologies for safeguarding hazardous materials in the future,”
U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said.
prototype test is scheduled later this month, with full-scale testing
to begin in late August. The test will involve 100 trucks equipped
with several existing technologies. Among the areas to be tested:
verification using password logins, fingerprint biometrics and
and load tracking, using satellites and other wireless systems;
and stolen vehicle alerts, using “geo-fencing”;
- Cargo tampering alerts, using electronic seals; and
distress alerts, using driver panic buttons; and remote vehicle
disabling in instances of known terrorist attacks.