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Pilot information system for cross-border hazmat transportation.
  • Published Date:
    2009-10-01
  • Language:
    English
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  • OCLC Number:
    667267444
  • NTL Classification:
    NTL-ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT-Hazardous Materials Transportation ; NTL-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS-INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS ;
  • Abstract:
    Under NAFTA requirements, all hazardous materials that are shipped into Mexico or generated during the

    manufacturing process must be shipped back to its point of origin, typically the United States. Thus, the delivery

    and return of hazardous materials have created a hazmat transportation corridor. At present, there is no

    automated, real-time method to track hazardous materials shipments crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. As a

    result, border agencies (specially the first responders) do not have advanced information about the hazardous

    materials being transported through border crossings and other locations within their communities. This lack of

    information hinders first responder’s ability to respond to hazardous materials incidences.

    The objective of the study was to propose a prototype of an information system by which hazardous materials

    movement will be relayed and/or shared with local and regional agencies (mainly the first responders) which will

    assist these agencies to respond to major hazardous materials incidents more efficiently. This prototype

    information system was designed for first responders as a model for what could be developed for the wide range

    of stakeholders from all U.S. and Mexican border states. A large part of the initial research was spent in

    identifying the agencies that played minor and major roles in transportation of hazardous materials across the

    border. The researchers found that a large number of agencies played various roles in what turned out to be

    extremely complicated process of hazardous materials transportation and incident response. Finally, based on

    stakeholder needs, the research proposed logical and physical architecture of a prototype system to monitor

    movement of hazardous materials in the border area and to provide advanced warning of hazardous materials

    related incidents to the first responders.

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