The Cargo Handling Cooperative Project (CHCP) has initiated a major project, testing and evaluating e-seal technologies
for intermodal freight containers. CHCP is a partnership between the U.S. Maritime Administration
and private industry. The project will be conducted through such initiatives as Operation Safe Commerce, the Transportation Security Administration
's Port Security Grants Program
, and security initiatives begun by U.S. Customs.
Electronic seals have been put forward as a way to address the security challenges presented by intermodal freight containers. However, they have not yet been applied on a wide scale basis in commercial applications, and any new equipment requirement must be based on a thorough, objective examination of the technology.
The CHCP plans to evaluate all available electronic seal systems
, including eSeal, DataSeal, Smart Seal, AllSeal, and McSemaNalink. Testing will be conducted in a laboratory environment, a large marine terminal, and with computer simulations. The CHCP will support these efforts by providing functionality and performance data on e-seals
, as well as technical support in the implementation of these technologies.
Results of the e-seal technology program will
be made available to CHCP members
, the participating marine ports and terminals, and government organizations that are considering the potential role for electronic seals to secure intermodal container shipments.