Unisys announced a contract with the Brazil Special Secretariat of Port Development and Modernization (SEP) to assist the agency in a key initiative aimed at enhancing operations, security and information exchange across the country's logistics operations and maritime ports.
The consulting contract, funded by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), is for Brazil's Intelligent Cargo and Intelligent Network Port Logistics Chain project, which will assess how enhanced business processes, technologies and best practices can be used to improve the security and efficiency of the country's port and logistics operations. The project represents a first step towards creating a single window for the sharing of data across Brazil's logistics chains.
Unisys will examine the Brazilian trade environment and movement of cargo transported within the country, recommending advanced integrated solutions designed to share information among multiple stakeholders, mitigate logistics chain vulnerabilities and improve the efficiency of the country's ports.
Specifically, Unisys will provide SEP with a comprehensive analysis of current domestic and international best practices and technologies for import and export operations, as well as a roadmap for implementation of an integrated solution to enable Brazil to enhance supply chain security while facilitating the flow of legitimate cargo and improving the sharing and dissemination of data. This effort will help SEP to understand requirements for transitioning to the paperless port system that will enable public and private sector organizations to share information across the entire logistics chain.
This project will guide SEP in accomplishing the dual objectives of promoting modern processes that facilitate the free flow of legitimate goods and safeguarding personnel, facilities, ships and cargo against illicit trade, crime and possible acts of terrorism.
Unisys brings to the project experience with some of the most sophisticated cargo monitoring, tracking and security technologies, including RFID, electronic seals and container security devices. Unisys will also draw on its experience with end-to-end maritime supply chain and port security projects in the U.S. and globally.
In addition, Unisys will draw upon past work with numerous maritime and port logistics projects in Brazil, including operation safe commerce, a program to fund business initiatives to improve security for container cargo moving internationally, and the secure corridor project to deploy and test container security devices.
"Governments around the world are looking for ways to increase the efficiency and security of their port operations and supply chains, and they are increasingly looking to integrated solutions with a small footprint, to address these challenges," said Bob Bratt, Managing Partner, Homeland Security, Unisys Federal Systems. "Brazil's Intelligent Cargo and Intelligent Network Port Logistics Chain Initiative exemplifies this approach. Unisys will apply its customer and maritime security expertise to help SEP analyze current operations, identify technology solutions, leverage international best practices and develop a roadmap to drive toward more secure and efficient port and logistics chain operations."