Wednesday, 19th September 2018
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Irish tech experts based in Waterford have teamed up with their European counterparts, industry and business to develop a new and secure truck navigation system which prevents large vehicles from being used in a terror attack.

"Terrorist attacks using vehicles are very hard to prevent but there are security measures that truck manufactures and cities could take. TransSec will focus on developing security solutions for trucks to avoid their usage as terrorist weapons" TSSG Research Unit Manager, Frances Cleary, explained.

The TransSec project includes leaders in the fields of telecoms and other wireless, high speed communications protocols at the Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) at Waterford Institute of Technology. The carefully selected, expert teams from across Europe are working together with a leading global truck manufacturer on the development of a new type of truck that is fitted with impregnable road transport and dangerous goods protection systems. The system will include precise vehicle positioning and navigation for on road use, including lane positioning, as well as off road use safeguards. It also includes vehicle movement monitoring for dangerous goods, with a critical area alarm and integration into the European wide emergency eCall system. TransSec will also provide vehicle communication security for critical information exchange as well as on board, pre crash environment detection of vulnerable objects, both on and off road.

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