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S3 demonstrates shut down of tanker truck via satellite communications

Satellite Security Systems (S3), a global provider of asset security and logistics control, in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and InterState Oil Company, dramatically demonstrated the first wireless remote shutdown of a fully loaded moving petrochemical tanker truck. From S3’s headquarters in San Diego — 530 miles from the demonstration site — satellite communications were used to disable the truck in seconds, proving S3’s GlobalGuard(TM) and FleetGuard(TM) a viable solution to the challenge of controlling rogue hazardous waste vehicles that could pose a threat to homeland security.

The event, conducted on CHP Academy grounds in Sacramento and administered by the CHP, addresses ongoing concerns about the affordability of effective security technology, stealthiness of such a security device, and how GPS monitoring can be incorporated safely into law enforcement protocol. The need to secure trucks carrying hazardous-waste or petrochemical products is of paramount concern to trucking companies, California Independent Oil Marketing Association (CIOMA) members, and State and Federal departments. While the California state government may be voting as early as January on Assembly Bill (AB) 575 (requiring truck disabling devices, global positioning or other “location reporting systems” on hazardous material haulers), the CHP has been tasked with researching various technologies to support these regulatory initiatives.

InterState Oil Stays Ahead of Legislation

InterState Oil Company is one enterprise focused on day-to-day homeland security needs. A full service, multi-line wholesale distributor of petroleum and related products, the company recently deployed S3’s GlobalGuard and FleetGuard to its entire fleet of trucks. FleetGuard is a desktop application that works with GlobalGuard to view, command, and control each vehicle in an entire fleet at once. GlobalGuard is a security communications system, based on ReFLEX(TM) technology and GPS, providing up-to-the-minute vehicle location and control of fixed and mobile assets.

“InterState Oil has already gained significant operational efficiencies since implementing FleetGuard,” said Brent W. Andrews, vice president of InterState Oil Company and board member of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA). “We researched a variety of technologies and S3 was the only one with an affordable, scalable, and commercially viable solution that improves everyday efficiency and provides the level of security that will soon be required for all HazMat transportation operations.”