Volpe Center Honored with 2008 Innovations in American Government Award
The Volpe Center's Global Maritime Domain Awareness Program has been recognized with a prestigious 2008 Innovations in American Government Award by the Harvard Kennedy School's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. The award was presented to the Volpe Center team for its efforts in enhancing levels of safety and economic stability on the global seas. To view a PBS documentary of this year's award recipients, led by the Volpe Center, go to http://video.yahoo.com/watch/3707629/10197487
The Maritime Safety and Security Information System (MSSIS) was developed in 2007 by the Volpe Center of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Research and Innovative Technology Administration. Volpe Center staff continually update and improve MSSIS to provide an unprecedented level of visibility into transit and port activity.
The movements of more than 10,000 vessels from over 50 nations are tracked and updated in real time. The program will receive $100,000 toward dissemination and replication across the country.