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GE tests container security system prior to market launch


Yesterday, GE Infrastructure, Security announced it's field testing and soon will begin marketing a system designed to monitor containers during transit and detect unauthorized access.

Armed by a shipper using a personal code, the palm-sized container security device (CSD) can be fastened to a standard maritime container's door jamb. The CSD is designed to automatically communicate a container's status — using encrypted data — to fixed wireless readers installed at ports. U.S. customs officials still would be able to inspect cargo by using a handheld wireless device to arm and disarm the CSD. Before a delivered container can be opened, the CSD must be disarmed.

"The future of global commerce depends on the ability of the shipping industry and government agencies to improve cargo security while facilitating the efficient flow of goods," said Greg Burge, GE Infrastructure, Security's president of networked services, in a prepared statement.

Sweden-based All Set Marine Security AB developed the system, which already has been tested by U.S. government agencies and several private companies.