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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has deployed the Oracle® Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition (Oracle BI Suite EE) to support its Web portal for tracking intelligence on the movement of hazardous materials (hazmat)), integrating data from several agencies within DOT and the U.S. Coast Guard into a single online database.
New DOT Hazmat Tracking- 3/31/2009
The software supports DOT’s Hazardous Intelligence Portal (HIP), which is under the management of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and brings together information from the Federal Aviation Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at DOT, as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. With the Oracle platform, DOT is able to combine 26 data sources into a common system that allows officials to view the most up-to-date information on what is being transported, by whom and whether incidents have occurred. Users can examine information on an estimated 500,000 hazmat carriers, manufacturers and shippers. In addition, dashboards enable DOT to more quickly present information and prioritize resources.
Ultimately, the portal allows users from multiple modes of transportation (air, railroad, motor carrier and waterways) to have a holistic view of activities and the first 360-degree view of transportation companies across the agencies. DOT’s goal is to prevent serious incidents and better allocate scarce federal resources to problem areas to mitigate risk.
In the future, DOT hopes to integrate additional data sources from other agencies under the DHS, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, the organization is working to tie in Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) data, improve data governance and expand the PHMSA profile. GIS will enable DOT to display an excellent visual representation of its inspection, registration, incident, penalty and other hazmat location data. The agency can use these baselines for complex analysis and modeling including managing scarce resources, creating ranking models with "what-if" capabilities and ultimately saving costs, time and lives. DOT worked with Guident Technologies on the implementation.
"With Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition we are able to direct limited resources toward events posing the greatest risk to citizens and allow officials to identify repeat offenders and spot trends to prevent accidents," said Adrian Carter, program manager for HIP, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration.