METRANS

11-19 Multimodal Biometric Models for Improving the Productivity and Security of the Terminal Gates

Project Number

11-19

Project Summary

Multimodal Biometric Models for Improving the Productivity and Security of the Terminal Gates

Project Status

Complete

Year

2011

Topic Area

Goods Movement & International Trade

P.I. Name & Address

Professor, Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering; College of Engineering
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
ECS-530
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States
xiaolong.wu@csulb.edu

Co-P.I.

Professor and Chair, Computer Engineering and Computer Science; College of Engineering
California State University Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
ECS-542
Long Beach, CA 90840
United States
burkhard.englert@csulb.edu

Project Objective:
This research focuses on integrating multimodal biometric models into the Terminal Gate Appointment System (TGAS) for improving the efficiency and security of terminal gates at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports (POLA/POLB). The multimodal biometric system is proposed in response to ineffectiveness of the current terminal gate appointment system. An efficient distribution of truck movements across the gate is in urgent need to reduce both delays at the port and on the highway system. The proposed research project will investigate the feasibility and economics of the multimodal biometric models for the TGAS. There are many potential advantages of using biometric system for TGAS. In addition to its efficiency of reducing truck queuing time outside the gate and increasing the terminal throughput, it offers unparalleled accuracy and 24/7 up time in the most extreme weather condition to the terminal gate. Thus, the long-term solution to boost the gate productivity can be effectively achieved to accommodate future projected growth in demand at POLA/POLB without worry about limited physical expansion constraints and strict labor rules.

Task Descriptions:
(1) Research and evaluate various biometric systems
(2) Develop a multimodal biometric model for the terminal gate appointment system
(3) Complete performance (productivity and security) analysis for proposed conceptual multimodal biometric model
(4) Perform computer simulation for proposed conceptual multimodal biometric model
(5) Interview subject matter experts and field observations
(6) Gather hardware and material supply budgetary quotation for first-run cost estimate
(7) Prepare a draft of the final report to be submitted to METRANS and prepare a manuscript for publication

Milestones, Dates:
(1) August 2010 – September 2010
(2) October 2010 – December 2010
(3) January 2011 – February 2011
(4) March 2011 – April 2011
(5) May 2011 – June 2011
(6) May 2011 – June 2011
(7) June 2011 – July 2011

Total Budget:
$71,790

Student Involvement:
Two Graduate Students, 12 months

Relationship to Other Research Projects:
Related to AR 04-01, 06-04, AR 07-10, 09-01; part of port monitoring focus area

Technology Transfer Activities:
Project report will be posted soon

Potential Benefits of the Project:
Improve security at gates to ports, decrease queue times for trucks

TRB Keywords:
Freight Transportation, Operations and Traffic Management, Security and Emergencies, Terminals and Facilities

Primary Subject:
1p.1 To integrate multimodal biometric models into the Terminal Gate Appointment System (TGAS) for improving the efficiency and security of terminal gates at the Los Angeles/Long Beach ports (POLA/POLB).