Hazardous materials (HAZMAT) comprise explosives, flammables, oxidizing substances,
poisonous gases, and radioactive materials. By definition, they can be extremely
harmful to the environment and to human's health, since exposure to their toxic
ingredients may cause injury or even death.
Their effects are an apparently inevitable consequence of the industrial processes
dictated by the life style of our modern society. It follows that transporting these
materials, often in populated or environmentally sensitive areas, is also inevitable.
Reducing the potential negative impacts of transporting HAZMAT is an important task
faced by communities, governments, HAZMAT producers and shippers. Routing HAZMAT
wisely and designing safer networks for doing so are powerful means to achieve this
end. A fundamental requirement of route design and assignment is to minimize the
risk imposed by shipments traversing each link in a network.
The procedure for finding the route consists of:
Create buffers of specified widths (based on the type of chemical) for severe and
less intense areas to all links.
Generate all available paths between origin and destination and find the total population
coming in the buffer area by overlay.
Select the path which is having minimum population exposure.
Show the total population coming in each buffer.
Considering the complexities in developing, updating, managing and processing of
the transport network data, there is an urgent need to adopt new concepts of information
technology in design and development of information system for efficient transportation
Reltronics Technologies provides HAZMAT Tracking System which is a complete solution
to handle this kind of environment with the integration of GIS, GPS and RFID technologies.
This solution provides the hub technology for planning, deploying, operating, and
optimizing transportation systems. Solution provides for cheaper and faster data
collection tools and the availability of high-quality commercial data sets. Transportation
professionals can use HAZMAT Tracking System to integrate mapping analysis into
decision support for network planning and analysis, vehicle tracking and routing,
asset management, inventory tracking, route planning and analysis, and everything
Reltronics Technologies understand the importance of handling Hazardous materials
carefully without affecting surrounding environment. This leads to careful planning
and dividing each process to complement the system deployment, which in-turn provides
for efficient working of the entire system to meet the objectives set forth.
Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires cradle-to-grave tracking of all
This is difficult when the cradle (generator) is in one part of the country and
the grave (receiving facility) is in another.
Strict adherence to the statutory laws of state of origin and state of destination
is must in this case.
Current paper-based system does not allow for timely confirmation of disposition.
There is a need to provide more effective compliance monitoring.
Clear down level visibility should be provided and every movement of the hazardous
material transportation has to be tracked and well informed to the authorities who
are dealing with it.
Disaster management and recovery system should be on alert while transportation
work is being carried out, till it finishes.
Real time information to be furnished with on demand reports to all the stakeholders
at all levels.
GPS and GIS integration will provide tracking of movement of vehicles with respect
to its surroundings in the real time.
RFID is a commercially ready tracking technology which helps in down level visibility
and strict maintenance of security all through the transportation channel.
Using GIS, GPS with RFID to physically track shipments of hazardous waste across
the state and country strengthens environmental compliance.
HAZMAT Tracking System helps in increased coordination between environmental authorities
will facilitate increased security of these shipments.
Drums can be effectively tracked from the generator to the receiving facility.
Accurate, timely notification can be sent to governing authorities and provide down
level visibility when waste enters receiving state from the state of origin and
till it reaches the designated treatment storage or disposal (TSD) facility.
Verification study is being conducted under the Environmental Technology Verification
/ Environmental and Sustainable Technology Evaluation (ETV/ESTE) Program.
Various transportation scenarios will be performed to demonstrate the performance
of the HAZMAT tracking technology with the integrated GIS, GPS and RFID technologies.
Scenarios will be conducted by Reltronics Technologies in the state of origin. Once
the feasibility of the HAZMAT Tracking System is confirmed, a field test will be
Performance measures will include:
Tracking Vehicles and providing each vehicle’s information with its contents
at real time.
Tag read rate.
Tag read distance.
Interferences. (metal, liquids)
Ability to produce actionable data to enforcement and governing authorities.
Ease of use.
Physical tracking with Reltronics HAZMAT Tracking System will augment paper-based
manifest system and provide sustainable documentation for compliance.
HAZMAT Tracking System will provide near-real-time notification to governing officials
when hazardous waste enters the receiving state from the state of origin and till
it reaches the TSD facility.
HAZMAT Tracking System’s RFID-tagged material can streamline border crossings
by providing additional information to Customs.
HAZMAT Tracking System will increase environmental protection along the border zone,
reducing illegal dumping of hazardous waste.
GIS and GPS enabled HAZMAT Tracking System can track and inform even minute level
of details to governing officials at real time to carry out the required actions.
HAZMAT Tracking System makes effective Disaster management possible at the time
of crisis by reporting to the authorities at real time.
Provide end-to-end visibility of hazardous materials transportation and storage
Supply critical data to emergency responders.
Confirm hazardous waste reaches the proper TSD facility.
Increase security of hazardous waste shipments.
How Reltronics Technologies can assist :
Reltronics Technologies specializes in Security Software and Tracking Solutions. Appropriate
team members can be assigned who can provide expertise in manufacturing, deploying,
and monitoring Security Software & Tracking systems. The team can assist in integrating
systems which involve technologies such as radio frequency identification, GPS,
wireless technologies, critical condition monitoring, intrusion,
access control, RFID, data encryption, closed circuit television
(CCTV), and electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems. The experience that
Reltronics Technologies has garnered in deploying numerous security software systems, including
GPS and wireless based automated vehicle location systems, asset management systems,
record management systems, automated content management systems, and automated sensor
systems, can easily be translated to meet any requirement
in the Security Software and Tracking arena. Reltronics Technologies has and continues
to add value-added resellers (VARs), distributors, and dealers that
enable implementation of Security Software & Tracking Systems worldwide. For further
information, contact us at (585) 427-2550, Toll-free at (877) 283-7826, or via email