Expect that new technology will require modifications before it is useable.
A Washington State experience with testing of electronic container door seals (E-seal) through a freight supply chain.
The project suggested the following lesson:
- Expect that new ITS technology may need considerable re-engineering before it is usable in a real world environment. For example, as the project began, the original E-seal design faced challenges because the broadcast speed was too slow to read moving trucks. The system was successfully re-engineered to broadcast at a sufficiently increased rate to support roadway speed conditions. The hand-held seal readers also proved difficult to operate because users had to navigate through a cumbersome series of menus and because of a short battery life.
Author: M. Jensen, M. Williamson, R. Sanchez, A. Newton, C. Mitchell
Published By: U.S. Department of Transportation
Source Date: 12/1/2002
EDL Number: 13770
Other Reference Number: FHWA-OP-02-XXXURL: http://ntl.bts.gov/lib//jpodocs/repts_te//13770.html
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