Optimal Communications Systems and Network Design for Cargo Monitoring

Date Added: Jun 2009
Format: PDF

In the United States there is an emerging trend to ship goods by rail directly from ports to inland intermodal traffic terminals. However, for this trend to succeed shippers must have "Visibility" into rail shipments. In this paper the authors seek to provide visibility into shipments through optimal placement of sensor and communication technology. The authors formally define the notion of visibility and then highlight the objectives of the study.