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A wireless electronic monitoring system for securing milk from farm to processor
Author(s): Phillip Womble; Lindsay Hopper; Chris Thompson; Suraj M. Alexander; William Crist; Fred Payne; Tim Stombaugh; Jon Paschal; Ryan Moore; Brian Luck; Nasrin Tabayehnejab
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Paper Abstract

The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Health and Human Services have targeted bulk food contamination as a focus for attention. The contamination of bulk food poses a high consequence threat to our society. Milk transport falls into three of the 17 targeted NIPP (National Infrastructure Protection Plan) sectors including agriculture-food, public health, and commercial facilities. Minimal security safeguards have been developed for bulk milk transport. The current manual methods of securing milk are paper intensive and prone to errors. The bulk milk transportation sector requires a security enhancement that will both reduce recording errors and enable normal transport activities to occur while providing security against unauthorized access. Milk transportation companies currently use voluntary seal programs that utilize plastic, numbered seals on milk transport tank openings. Our group has developed a Milk Transport Security System which is an electromechanical access control and communication system that assures the secure transport of milk, milk samples, milk data, and security data between locations and specifically between dairy farms, transfer stations, receiving stations, and milk plants. It includes a security monitoring system installed on the milk transport tank, a hand held device, optional printers, data server, and security evaluation software. The system operates automatically and requires minimal or no attention by the bulk milk hauler/sampler. The system is compatible with existing milk transport infrastructure, and has the support of the milk producers, milk transportation companies, milk marketing agencies, and dairy processors. The security protocol developed is applicable for transport of other bulk foods both nationally and internationally. This system adds significantly to the national security infrastructure for bulk food transport. We are currently demonstrating the system in central Kentucky and will report on the results of the demonstration.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 2008
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6943, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII, 694315 (16 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.782971
Show Author Affiliations
Phillip Womble, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Lindsay Hopper, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Chris Thompson, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Suraj M. Alexander, Univ. of Louisville (United States)
William Crist, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Fred Payne, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Tim Stombaugh, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Jon Paschal, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Ryan Moore, Western Kentucky Univ. (United States)
Brian Luck, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)
Nasrin Tabayehnejab, Univ. of Kentucky (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6943:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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