CAMS Can Fill Void Left by Administration's Decision to Cancel Nuclear Detection Program
On July 29th the New York Times reported that the US Administration has cancelled its nuclear weapon detection program for port scanning of cargo containers due to ineffectiveness and false positive alerts. GateKeeper USA's CAMS device (Container Automated Monitoring System) is the ready solution to fill the void created by the halted A.S.P. program, install effective automatic screening of cargo containers, facilitate efficient supply chain transport, alleviate cargo traffic congestion through CSI compliant ports, and ensure compliance with Public Law and the CSI.
The recent announcement by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office of DHS that their ongoing program of equipping ports across the country with Advanced Spectroscopic Portal monitors is being discontinued will render compliance with Public Law 110-53 virtually impossible. PL 110-53 mandates inspection and confirmation of safety of contents of all containers shipped into the United States beginning March, 2012. Delaying that mandate raises the risk of a non-compliant cargo container entering the supply chain, leading to a potentially catastrophic disruption of commerce and places at-risk, public safety and critical infrastructures.
GateKeeper USA has previously announced 3rd party validation of the superior detection capabilities of its proprietary CAMS for CBRNE [Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive], which demonstrated that the technology inherent in its CAMS device exceeds the requirements set forth in the law, and confirms that the false-positive problem affecting competing devices currently being implemented is not an issue for CAMS. Additionally, CAMS has features not available with any other device, including video and GPS real time monitoring and detection of spoilage in perishable cargo, which are particularly appealing to large scale shippers (retailers) with a need to track in excess of one million containers each. Adoption of this technology by such shippers will serve to increase efficiency and security throughout the entire supply chain on a worldwide basis.
As GateKeeper's approach to compliance with PL 110-53, the Rotterdam Rules and the Safe Port Act can be compared to how vehicular security safety rules are enforced, the use of CAMS in containers can potentially save shippers thousands of dollars annually in port delays, insurance liability, and re-routing costs for containers denied unloading privileges due to non-compliance. Additionally, CAMS can help eliminate a significant portion of the financial and manpower burden on the Federal Government to conduct physical scans, since CAMS creates electronic manifest and security data scan updates that are sent to the destination port's Portmaster in real time, well in advance of the ship's arrival. In this manner, any WMD threat can be alerted and dealt with before the ship has arrived. This protocol keeps any host country's harbors safer than the riskier method of scanning containers already on the nation's waters and soil.