NASA Launches Hazardous Material Program with Oracle Sensor Technology

12/8/2004 - Oracle and NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif., announced the successful deployment of ChemSecure, an extensive pilot program aimed at improving the management of hazardous materials to enhance security and safety, while significantly reducing ongoing supply chain costs.

The ChemSecure program integrates Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and sensor-based technology with the Department of Defense’s existing web-based Hazardous Materials Management System (HMMS) database to automate the real-time management of hazardous materials including usage, shipment, tracking and storage. The first project of its kind, NASA Dryden developed ChemSecure in close partnership with the Department of Defense and leading private sector companies, including Oracle, Intermec Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UNA), EnvironMax, Inc., and Patlite (USA) Corporation.

“The ChemSecure program is a testament to NASA’s commitment to using advanced technology and business processes to create safer, more secure management systems for hazardous material movement and storage,” said Ralph Anton, chemical program manager, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. “ChemSecure’s guiding business processes and technology foundation are not limited to the hazardous materials environment — we see numerous applications for tracking of a variety of materials, in the public and private sectors, and plan to help agencies and organizations take advantage of the system.”

Automated, Real-Time Management
ChemSecure places RFID tags on hazardous material containers and uses Oracle Sensor-Based Services to capture, manage, analyze and respond to any movement or other change of the chemicals. NASA Dryden applies the real-time information in HMMS database to make informed decisions about the transportation and storage of hazardous materials, and provides automatic alerts — text messaging, voice alerts and e-mails — to professionals in security, safety, health and environment to warn them of any changes with the chemicals. ChemSecure utilizes data captured by Intermec 750 mobile computers, IP3 RFID mobile readers and fixed RFID readers, temperature sensors, and Patlite visual response devices to ensure that managers always have access to critical chemical information. For example, security professionals are notified if unauthorized access attempts are made to obtain highly hazardous materials, and environmental professionals are alerted when the storage limit of a hazardous chemical locker is close to exceeding capacity.

Improved Safety & Security
In addition to helping organizations significantly reduce hazardous materials management costs and errors, the ChemSecure program includes many additional capabilities that enhance safety and security measures such as:

“The ChemSecure pilot is a great example of how organizations can leverage connecting the physical world to the information world to improve operations, enhance business processes and reduce costs,” said Allyson Fryhoff, vice president of Oracle Sensor-Based Services. “RFID and other sensor-based technologies can present many new challenges regarding information management. It’s imperative that organizations have the appropriate information infrastructure in place to meet these demands.”

NASA Dryden is planning a second phase of the ChemSecure project that will provide enhanced features for scrutinizing all vehicles entering and leaving unguarded access points and for maintaining full inventory management throughout the facility, extending the homeland security element of this project. Additionally, the sensor-based technology will track all climate-controlled chemicals in restricted environments.

Oracle Sensor-Based Services
Oracle Sensor-Based Services are a comprehensive set of capabilities to capture, manage, analyze, access and respond to data from sensors such as RFID, location and temperature. Based on Oracle Database 10g, Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Enterprise Manager 10g and Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, Oracle Sensor-Based Services enable companies to quickly and easily integrate sensor-based information into their enterprise systems. Oracle’s solution includes a number of flexible deployment options that allow companies to start small and grow by leveraging their investment in Oracle technology, including the EPC Compliance Enabler, an RFID/EPC pilot kit, and integrated support in Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Application Server 10g.

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