Securing Global Trade through Secure Freight Transportation

This project proposes to leverage recent work on supply chain security and response to terrorism and disruptions, with specific focus on securing global trade by understanding and mitigating the vulnerabilities existing in global freight transportation systems and processes. The study first entails developing a structured vulnerability assessment tool - a 'Chain of Custody' framework - and applying it to assess the security of freight flows in the global freight transportation system. The second aspect of the study entails applying disruptive technologies (e.g. RFID tags and readers, motes and sensors) and innovative processes to the global freight transportation system for the purpose of assessing the impact of such investments on freight and system security. A third aspect entails quantifying the potential benefits of such investments, including direct security benefits and indirect or collateral benefits. At the current funding level, the work will address the first study and potentially some examination of the second aspect. The objective of this project is to develop new methods for analyzing extended supply chain vulnerability through the creation of a 'chain of custody' mapping framework


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    • Status: Completed
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Performing Organizations:

      New England University Transportation Center

      Massachusetts Institute of Technology
      77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 40-279
      Cambridge, MA  United States  01239
    • Principal Investigators:

      Rice, James

      Sheffi, Yossi

    • Start Date: 20060901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20070831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 19620

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01466323
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRS99-G-0001, MITR19-5
    • Files: UTC, RiP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 3:14PM