with TTS. In order to help drive carrier investment in the new trailer tracking technologies, SDDC would allow Transportation Officers (TOs) to choose either SEV or TTS for Security Risk Category 1 (SRC 1) shipments. Since TTS is expected to cost considerably less than SEV, TOs will most likely order TTS over SEV when booking the shipment. AA&E carriers who do not offer TTS would stand to lose business to AA&E carriers who do offer TTS. As such, this strategy may help push AA&E carriers to invest in the trailer tracking technologies.
Since the last ICG, SDDC has worked closely with the Services to establish the objective of TTS. SDDC and the Services have developed the following reasons why trailers should be monitored:
To enhance intransit safety and security of AA&E
Current capability – monitoring the tractor gives us ability to communicate with the driver as well as good visibility but not absolute visibility – still chance for error
Leverage emerging trailer monitoring technology
Tractor and trailer monitoring adds automated redundancy
Progress since the last ICG includes continued work through the DoD Business Rules Working Group (OSD, Services, USTRANSCOM, DLA, JMC, and SDDC) to refine the TTS concept of operations, trailer tracking business rules, and cost analysis to estimate expected costs. The business rules have been vetted with NDTA, carriers, and vendors. The trailer tracking service will not be mandatory and will initially be used for AA&E shipments in van trailers only, for all SRCs. DTTS II will be modified to support the technology.
Mr. Carter outlined the next steps, which include the following:
Work with munitions carriers and vendors to coordinate and finalize the CONOPS/business rules
Incorporate provisions in the SDDC Rules Publication
Modify DTTS II to support the trailer tracking capability
Assess capabilities of other sensors, such as an attitude sensor
Assess impact of eliminating tractor tracking (over time)
Obtain COCC approval – July 2008
SDDC notice – August 2008
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