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Developing a Concept of Operations for an Innovative System for Measuring Wait Times at Land Ports of Entry Juan Villa - Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Abstract

Border wait times at land ports of entry represent an important measurement of port performance, trade, and regional competitiveness. A reliable and systematic method of measuring border wait times is needed in order to make better construction, planning, and operations decisions at land ports of entry (POEs). As technologies become more pervasive and more functional, there is a need to enhance the systems to take advantage of emerging technologies. A Concept of Operations (ConOps) document developed under this project systematically captures the current and future needs of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other stakeholders at the ports in order to develop a high-level system design. The project identifies technologies that have implementation potential through a technical and market assessment, with the selected technologies undergoing preliminary testing at TTI’s Proving Ground Research Facility Riverside Campus. The selected technologies and enhancements based on the ConOps will be further tested and deployed in subsequent phases at land POEs to demonstrate system functionality.