CASSANDRA presented to US Department of Homeland Security and US Customs Authorities

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) invited concerned parties and players from the logistics sector to the international Cargo Security Supply Chain Industry Day in Arlington near Washington DC, USA on June 29th to June 30th 2011. Purpose of the workshop was to inform relevant stakeholders about the future plans of the DHS and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) primarily concerning science and technology.

Prof. Dr. Frank Arendt took part in the workshop on behalf of the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL). He informed the participants about the current European projects on container visibility; INTEGRITY and CASSANDRA. Both projects aim to improve the transparency, reliability and security of international intermodal container transports. Whereas INTEGRITY is in its demonstration phase using trade lanes from China to Europe to validate the functionality of the SICIS system for container tracking, CASSANDRA also focuses on risk assessment and data sharing and extends the scope to trade lanes from Europe to the US, amongst others. The discussions during the workshop have been a first valuable approach for cooperation of the projects with the DHS and US Customs authorities in the CASSANDRA project.