The DASH7 Alliance has announced the formation of the Container Security and Sensing Initiative (CSSI), aimed at defining the next generation of cargo container tracking and monitoring devices.
The DASH7 Alliance is a coalition of organizations promoting a standard for wireless sensor technologies based on the ISO18000-7 standard for active RFID. Participating active RFID vendors include: Analog Devices, Austria Microsystems, Dow, Evigia Systems, Hi-G-Tek, IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, KPC, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Northrop Grumman, RFind, Savi Technology, ST Microelectronics and Texas Instruments.
“We are taking a fresh look at the issue of container security while simultaneously addressing the need for a common way of processing sensor data,” said Patrick Burns, president of the DASH7 Alliance. “This initiative goes beyond just electronic seals and provides carriers, shippers, customs authorities, and others with a set of low-cost, low power, and reliable options for tracking, securing, and monitoring many different types of container and packaging devices.”
CSSI will be looking specifically at container intrusion detection devices (CIDD’s), which are mounted on the interior of a container wall and use one or more sensors to detect whether a container has been opened or experienced a tamper attempt.
CSSI will establish how to harmonize data formats and processing rules acquired by DASH7-enabled sensor devices (mainly the CIDD’s), with the aim of establishing interoperability for global deployments.
“Addressing interoperability around sensors and security for Container Intrusion Detection Devices is a critical step for the DASH7 Alliance,” said Navid Yazdi, president and chief executive officer of Evigia Systems. “CSSI will bring tremendous value to existing and new end users who are looking for a higher level visibility from their complex and dynamic supply chains.”