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The State of Container Security Standards



Shaw C. Feng, Simon P. Frechette


As cargo container security is a critical component in the U.S. homeland security, the communication among people in a chain of custody of a container needs to be timely and effective. Since people in the container custody chain often use different computer systems, the information standards are needed for enabling data sharing and exchange among heterogeneous information systems. This report contains requirements on standards in container security and a literature survey of currently available standards. More standards in sensor and custody integration need to be developed.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7153
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cargo container security, homeland security, container custody chain, information standards, custody integration


Feng, S. and Frechette, S. (2007), The State of Container Security Standards, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 12, 2024)


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Created October 17, 2007, Updated November 10, 2018