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Andrew T. Gillies is Director of Communications at the Center for Audit Quality, an affiliate of the American Institute of CPAs, in Washington, DC. Based in Washington since 2002, he has also worked in editorial and communications roles at the Investment Company Institute, the World Bank, Forbes, and Vault.com. His policy-themed writing has focused on aerospace and defense, energy and environment, transportation, and financial services.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Motorola's Cargo Call

Washington continues to grapple with how best to protect the flow of commerce from terrorism. This week, U.S. Customs and Border Protection hosts a symposium on the matter, an event following up on the Department of Homeland Security's "Cargo Security Summit" a month ago. There, outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge declared cargo security to be "a linchpin issue."

That makes it a ripe business opportunity, too. In Ridge's audience at the December meeting lurked reps from Boeing, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Science Applications International and Unisys.

Also in that crowd was another company to keep an eye on: Motorola. A year ago, the Schaumberg, Ill.-based company launched Secure Asset Solutions, an outfit aiming to help businesses use satellite, cellular and short-range radio technologies to keep track of valuable goods, such as cars and cargo containers.

Full story at Forbes.com