GE and CIMC Complete First Commercial Test of Tamper Evident Secure Container, Paving Way for Commercially Viable Cargo Securityan. 12, 2005--GE's Security business (NYSE: GE - News) today announced it has successfully completed the first commercial field test of the Tamper Evident Secure Container (TESC). The TESC is a new generation of freight container that integrates GE's CommerceGuard(TM) container security device into a standard maritime shipping container to make cargo security affordable for manufacturers and shippers and protect container integrity throughout the supply chain.
The TESC solution is a combination of physical enhancements and an electronic integrated Container Security Device (iCSD), a technology that allows the shipper to arm the container using a unique, encrypted code after it is stuffed and sealed with a traditional bolt seal. As the container passes within range of the global wireless reader infrastructure - similar to common electronic toll collection systems - the iCSD tells logistics and customs officials where the container is located, when it arrived and if unauthorized personnel opened it en route.
CIMC, based in Shenzhen, China, is the world's largest manufacturer of shipping containers. In fact, 50 percent of all new freight containers are manufactured by CIMC.
GE's CommerceGuard System also includes Container Security Devices that can be installed in less than a minute and without using tools to retrofit the world's existing population of freight containers. Both types of devices, the CSD and the iCSD, share the same wireless reader infrastructure, making the overall system cost effective to globally deploy.
Each year, more than nine million freight containers arrive at U.S. ports, approximately 50 percent more than 2001 because of the proliferation of global trade and "just-in-time" manufacturing and retailing strategies.
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GE and CIMC Complete First Commercial Test of Tamper Evident Secure Container, Paving Way for Commercially Viable Cargo Security