PortSec: Port Operations Modeling for Risk Management and Resource Allocation

Principal Investigator: 
Performance Period: 
October 2008 to September 2009
Commercialization Status: 
Seaports, airports, and other freight and cargo handling facilities face many challenges – including maximizing operational efficiency while simultaneously minimizing risk from a terrorism or natural disaster event.  Often these two challenges are at odds with one another – increasing one often comes at the expense of achieving the other.    For example, in a seaport environment, increasing port security (by reducing risk of attack) by adding additional container inspection stations often causes a corresponding slowdown in container movements through the port.  The challenge is finding the right balance between operational efficiency and safety.