Independent Verification and Validation of Washington State Ferries' Wireless High Speed Data Project

The following Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V) report documents and presents the results of a study of the Washington State Ferries Prototype Wireless High Speed Data Network. The purpose of the study was to evaluate and determine if real-time security monitoring applications could be consistently available from shore during the vessels’ normal daily operations as well as in emergency situations. The Washington State Ferries Prototype Wireless High Speed Data network project aims to demonstrate new technologies that may provide real-time surveillance capabilities and records for law enforcement agencies in the event of an emergency. Research methodologies included full-scale monitoring tests in combination with data collection phases over multiple weeks. These results were applied to track and evaluate high-speed wireless connections from the ferries to shore. It is the specific intent of this study to determine if the prototype network provides reliable connectivity, and protection against radio eavesdropping, network-based viruses, worms, and traffic floods. The findings of the study were a result of multiple weeks of data collection from communication equipment placed on board the Washington State Ferry vessels. The intended audience of this report is government agencies wishing to implement secure high-speed mobile wireless data networks. The technical nature of the findings and recommendations in this report are intended to help technical teams make decisions regarding technology and implementation choices when building new wireless networks.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    CASE Associates Incorporated

    14674 SE Sunnyside Road #148
    Clackamas, OR  United States  97015

    ProStructure Consulting, LLC

    818 SW 3rd Avenue #287
    Portland, OR  United States  97214

    Federal Transit Administration

    Office of Research, Demonstration and Innovation
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Popovetsky, Irving
    • Psmythe, A Brandon
    • Pham, Amber
  • Publication Date: 2008-6-30


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Glossary; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 83p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01110155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FTA-WA-26-7001-2008.02, AD00013
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2008 4:20PM