"Trusted Shipper" Global Transportation Security System Launches

Universal Guardian rolls out new service offering to help companies protect intermodal transportation worldwide

Universal Guardian rolls out new service offering to help companies protect intermodal transportation worldwide

Newport Beach, CA — August 19, 2005 — Security solution provider Universal Guardian Holdings has launched a new service offering intended to help companies protect intermodal transportation worldwide using wireless tracking devices that can also increase supply chain visibility.

Universal Guardian provides non-lethal systems and security services to protect against terrorist, criminal and security threats to governments and businesses. The new Trusted Shipper platform, from Universal Guardian subsidiary ISR Systems, was developed over the past four years and was designed to provide visibility and security throughout the global supply chain.

"The Trusted Shipper system takes homeland security compliance expense and converts it into potential profits that can have a real impact for any company that moves goods through international commerce," the provider said in announcing the new offering.

Trusted Shipper uses radio frequency identification (RFID) tagging and a GPS/GPRS-enabled container tracking system to track products from the factory to the pallet, to the container, into a port, onto a ship, through the port of entry, and then on to rail or truck until it reaches its destination.

The supply chain tracking capability, combined with expedited handling at ports, have the potential to generate financial advantages for the companies that utilize this system, Universal Guardian claims. "In the 'just-in-time' logistics world, expedited supply chain efficiencies translate into reduced shipping costs, faster shipping times and, most importantly, less inventory tied up on ships and more inventory in stores," the provider said.

"Our Trusted Shipper program begins at the source ... working in partnership with foreign shippers and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, our Secure Risks global security group provides investigations, security plan development and semi-annual inspections required to receive and maintain U.S. Dept of Homeland Security's Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) certification," said Michael Skellern, Universal Guardian's CEO. "We then incorporate our SupplyChain Guardian RFID tagging and authentication system at the source, and our Container Guardian smart container tracking systems which is designed to provide increased logistics efficiencies and speed-to-market for its participants.

Universal Guardian said that the system provides a cost-effective RFID cargo tagging system, which creates electronic manifests and transmits encrypted cargo manifests to shippers, customers and Customs. The system also tracks cargo container throughout the entire transportation system, from point of origin to final destination. In addition, the solution monitors cargo container position and contents throughout the transportation system in real-time.

Trusted Shippers will comply with the new Department of Homeland Security "Green Lane" program. Cargo that uses the company's Trusted Shipper system will zip through the entry port, Universal Guardian claims, while cargo that doesn't will have to wait in line at the port for detailed examination and delays.

Additional Articles of Interest

— Imminent terrorist attacks or no, your competitive advantage demands that you secure your company's supply chain. Read more in "Supply Chain Security: Is Your Company Complacent or Engaged?," in the February/March 2005 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— For a look at how Tyco Fire & Security is tackling trade compliance issues in its global supply chain, see "Turning Global Trade Compliance Into a Competitive Advantage," in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

— For more information on the challenges and opportunities presented by increasingly global supply chains, see the special in-depth report in the August/September 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive, which includes the following articles:

— For more information on the global supply chain, with a focus on security issues, see "Building the Secure Supply Chain," the Net Best Thing article in the June/July 2003 issue of iSource Business (now Supply & Demand Chain Executive) magazine.

— For more information on the latest trends in the logistics space, see the article "The Analyst Corner: Fulfillment & Logistics" in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.