For safer and more secure shipment, tracking, storage, and use
NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center invites the chemical, transportation, security, and even the health care industries to license an innovative software program for monitoring shipments of hazardous or other sensitive materials. Dryden’s ChemSecure program utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and other sensor-based networks, combined with the Department of Defense’s Web-based Hazardous Materials Management System (HMMS) database, to provide real-time management of hazardous materials. ChemSecure ensures that hazardous materials are being handled safely and securely, all while lowering supply chain costs. In the event of a hazardous materials incident, the system notifies first responders and provides critical information about the chemicals involved, enabling a fast, efficient response.
ChemSecure filters huge amounts of data to track the inventory, status, location, and movement of hazardous materials. The system allows stored chemicals to be managed more effectively and tracked as they move through the community to ensure safe and secure transport.
Dryden Flight Research Center demonstrated this technology in partnership with the Department of Defense and two commercial companies: Oracle Corporation and Intermec Technologies. The ChemSecure system combines multiple databases and sensor technologies to provide information management services applicable to a variety of commercial industries. The system demonstration was comprised of three major components:
The sensors track all changes or movement to hazardous chemicals and provide automated alerts and warnings via text messaging, voicemail, and e-mail to first responders (i.e., police, firefighters, emergency HAZMAT units). State-of-the-art data filters pull critical information from multiple databases, keeping authorities informed and prepared to respond quickly with real-time information.
ChemSecure dramatically improves the safety and security of first responders and the public by providing precise, accurate, real-time information in the event of a chemical spill. Wireless, hand-held devices alert fire, police, and HAZMAT units of the exact chemicals involved and their hazardous properties. First responders can use this information to expedite evacuations and clean-up. ChemSecure’s highly advanced data filters also provide the information business leaders need to manage assets, track shipments, increase safety, and make better business decisions.
The system eliminates paper-based reporting, instead relying upon RFID tags, readers, and sensors to track the movement of containers and help prevent unauthorized use of hazardous materials. By providing a centralized, Web-based database that captures and shares all information related to the storage, movement, tracking, and use of hazardous materials, ChemSecure increases safety and security for the entire HAZMAT community and the public. Though the technology was originally developed to manage hazardous materials, it could be adapted for use in the medical community to manage and track prescription medications, particularly controlled substances.
Dryden Flight Research Center is seeking patent protection for the ChemSecure technology.
ChemSecure is part of NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program, which seeks to transfer technology into and out of NASA to benefit the space program and U.S. industry. NASA invites companies to consider licensing ChemSecure (DRC-006-006) for commercial applications.