GE and partners release upgraded version of container safety product

Published 30 January 2007

While Congress debates the 100 percent insepction of U.S.-bound cargo containers, GE and its global partners are offering Version 3.0 of their CommerceGuard’s container security system

One of the early initiatives in homeland security which the Democratic Party-controlled Congress is likely to pursue is the mandate that 100 percent of U.S.-bound cago containers be insepcted. Regardless of whether this particular legislation goes through, cargo containers will be a tad safer with the new release from GE Security. The company and and its global partners have just announced the release of the latest version of the CommerceGuard System, a device designed to increase security of cargo containers and ports.

Version 3.0 extends CommerceGuard’s container security system with ultra rugged readers, automated XML data feeds for use by customers to track the status and location of their shipments, and a secure protocol for reliable wireless messaging. Security is further assured by encrypting all data communications and authenticating all hardware transactions and authorized users. The company says that lab and field tests show wireless communications for the system exceed 99 percent reliability, and the sensor detects container breaches with a false positive rate that is less than 1 percent.

The CommerceGuard 3.0 products are available through a global business collaboration consisting of GE Security (NYSE: GE), Mitsubishi (TSE: 8058), Samsung (SEO: 000830), and Siemens Building Technologies (NYSE: SI). The CommerceGuard Information Network is globally established in fourteen international seaports, and is slated for additional expansion through ports in 2007.

-read more at GE Web site