New Alarm Means Safer Waste Transport.
The Advanced Surveillance Technology team, at Los Alamos, had already developed the Guardian system. The Guardian can "reason" and learn to track anomalies from a transport path or a set pattern of behavior for personnel and material in nuclear material facilities. It was quick and inexpensive to adapt it for WIPP staff, according to experts at the lab. Guardian links with the satellite tracking system, and as soon as it recognizes a stop, communication failure or route deviation, it sounds alarms and posts message windows on the computer screens for the CMR operators. However, the system can be set for certaln lengths of time if an unplanned stop due to poor road conditions or bad weather is needed.
"We realized that, without advanced surveillance experience, we could deploy a Guardian-based system to provide route assurance for WIPP quickly and effectively, and so far it's successfully tracked seven shipments," said Sharon Seitz, a technical staff member on the project.
Los Alamos is working on an enhanced version of Guardian that could be implemented on all shipments tracked by the Energy Department's National Transportation Program-Albuquerque.
Guardian also is in use in the Energy Department's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, where it remotely monitors a capacitor bank room, and in the Applied Monitoring and Transparency Laboratory as part of a protorype system to monitor nuclear weapons dismantlement.
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|Title Annotation:||toxic disposal made better|
|Author:||Baker, A. Duffy|
|Date:||Mar 1, 2001|
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