- CAIT Main
- Infrastructure Areas
- Program Sites
- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
- FMP - Freight and Maritime Program
- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
LPS In Depth
In a global marketplace, safe, secure, and uninterrupted operation of our ports is vital to a robust and stable economy.
LPS seeks to improve port safety and security through modeling the complexities of cargo vessel traffic and container inspection processes, developing workable solutions, and supporting their implementation. LPS is a cooperative venture between Rutgers’ CAIT and DIMACS.
Growing consumption of petroleum products worldwide has resulted in the proliferation of vessels carrying oil, chemicals, and gases into our harbors. Meeting our society’s surging demand for commodities and finished goods places a heavy responsibility on local authorities to secure both infrastructure and the public.
Disruption of port operations—whether from terrorist actions or natural disasters—not only affects our quality of life, but also can have devastating global economic impacts by impeding or even halting international supply chains. To keep the myriad of goods and services we need flowing freely, the risks inherent in port operations need to be understood, and effective strategies must be developed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from high-consequence events.
The port complex of New York and New Jersey is the third largest in the country, annually processing millions of cargo containers and bulk products we use every day. The Delaware River and Bay area has a large number of oil and chemical industrial terminals and power facilties.
LPS's proximity to both the port complexes of NY/NJ and the Delaware River and Bay area positions it ideally for research and collaboration in these areas. LPS is a member of the Area Maritime Security Committees in both Sector Delaware (Philadelphia) and Sector New York (New York City/Staten Island).
LPS takes advantage of its central New Jersey location, using the area’s infrastructure as an in situ laboratory for research, education, and training projects that concentrate on the logistics involved in:
- Port security and operations
- Vessel traffic management
- Handling of dangerous cargo vessels
- Waterway/canal maritime traffic
- Preparedness and recovery from high-consequence events at ports and in the surrounding areas
- Security inspection processes of containerized cargo
- Cargo information/communication systems
- Surface and underwater maritime domain awareness
- Bridge and tunnel security
- Modeling and evaluation of field operations
- Deployment of new maritime and navigational technologies