Performance Improvement Partners, Inc.




#4 Solution -- Functional Details

Blind VAULT Locking (BVL) System Tamperproofs

Cargo Containers to Ship High Value Goods Unnoticed

      A method for protecting high-value cargo shipments without providing a means for malevolent entities to single out, identify, track, or locate the shipment.   A Blind Vault Locking (BVL) system bolts the container doors from the inside, and an On-Board Identity Module (OBIM) controls and secures the BVL so that it cannot be unlocked until it is released by the OBIM, thereby preventing unauthorized access to the cargo.  Both the BVL and the OBIM are externally imperceptible when the container is closed.

      The OBIM, controlled by wireless signals, will only release the BVL when it receives a properly encoded and/or sequenced unlocking signal from a Security Management System (SMS).  The standard door-opening mechanism remains on the exterior of the container, so the container is indistinguishable from (the hundreds of thousands of) similar containers carrying lower-value cargo.

      A unique Master Number (MN) is assigned to each OBIM and is stored electronically by the OBIM.  The MN is used to associate the OBIM with the shipping papers (stored at the point of origin and/or forwarded separately to the destination) and/or with SMS stored shipping information.  A removable External Encoded Tag (EET) can also be provided which includes the MN.  Before shipping, the EET is removed and attached to the original shipping documents.  Upon delivery, the MN is read from the OBIM and confirmed by the SMS which sends an unlocking signal to the OBIM.

      For added security, a Composite On-Board identity (COBI) can be utilized with the OBIM as the lock or unlock code, either as the MN or as a separate unlocking code.  The COBI will include multiple identity signals.  The OBIM may require the signals to be  transmitted simultaneously, or in a specified sequence for unlock to occur.

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Key Solutions


Rapid Access    Tracking

 Vehicle  Control

On-Board Identity

Common Controller