TrakLok applauds highway bill’s hazmat mandate

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Updated Jul 16, 2012

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TrakLok, manufacturer of a truck and container security device that combines physical security with real-time global monitoring and notification, announced its approval of the inclusion of a new hazardous materials assessment program in the federal surface authorization legislation Congress passed last week.

“We must do more to ensure the safety and security of high-risk hazmat products,” said Tom Mann, president of TrakLok. “Congress has wisely recognized this need and provided the U.S. Department of Transportation with the authority and funding to begin a new program to do just that.”

In the new surface authorization bill “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” Congress established a new Hazardous Material Assessment program (Section 330007) to reduce the risks associated with hazmat transportation through means that include the identification of new technologies.

“Proper implementation of the new federal hazmat program will help to extend the enormous security provisions in place at manufacturing facilities onto our nation’s surface transportation system,” Mann said.

TrakLok says its product integrates the physical security of a lock with a sophisticated system that monitors cargo security and reports security breaches instantaneously via cellular and satellite networks. Authorized personnel easily can move the device from container to container in seconds. A geofencing capability is designed to prohibit the lock from opening if it is outside a prescribed area.

“We look forward to working with the USDOT to ensure the vision of Congress in establishing this section is realized,” Mann said.