TSA selects Safefreight’s transportation security technology

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Safefreight Technology has announced that its trucking fleet management and security technology will be used by defense contractor General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems in a $3.1 million contract awarded by the Transportation Security Administration under its Hazmat Truck Security Pilot program.

Under the agreement, General Dynamics will implement and demonstrate Safefreight’s integrated GPS fleet tracking and software solution — SmartFleet — designed to provide security, tracking, monitoring, control and reporting capability for dry van and tank trailers transporting hazardous cargo and the trucks hauling them.

Safefreight says that at this stage of the project, it is the only telematics provider to build a standards-compliant direct link to the HTSP Universal Communications Interface that will be providing location and onboard sensor data in real time to the TSA Truck Tracking Center. Safefreight says its technology immediately accommodated the TSA’s technical requirements.

“With Safefreight’s SmartFleet system, hazmat carriers get real-time situational awareness and control of their trucks and trailers to mitigate security threats related to hazardous material transportation,” says James Balestra, Safefreight’s chief operating officer. “With over 800,000 hazardous materials and waste shipments per day, the possibility that even one shipment could be used as a weapon in a terrorist attack underscores the importance of securing the transportation supply chain.”