Published in Proceedings of InterSymp-2005: The 17th International Conference on Systems Research, Informatics and Cybernetics: Baden-Baden, Germany, August 1, 2005. 6 pages. RESU87.
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This paper discusses the security problems associated with the movement of goods across international in-land borders and at ocean ports. The author proposes an information technology solution approach that is based on the profiling of international shipments. The collection of data describing the end-to-end movement of a shipment from the initial acquisition transactions, throughout the various transshipment stages, to the final delivery, allows intelligent software to assist customs and homeland security officials to determine the risks associated with the shipment long before it reaches the inspection point. The technical basis and architecture of the SecureOrigins™ software system is described. Designed for the border traffic between the United States and Mexico, this system is an ontology-based application that incorporates collaborative software agents with reasoning capabilities.