—Protecting valuable assets that are not in fixed locations but rather are capable of being relocated from place to place is an endeavor that has a wide variety of applications. Assets could be military in nature, such as personnel or equipment, or civilian, which could encompass anything from cargo shipments to moving from one home to another. In cases where any of these assets find themselves under threat of attack, one would of course prefer to have sufficient protective resources to provide a reasonable level of security for the asset(s) at all times. However, there can be many cases where such protection is not possible. It may be too costly to provide constant protection. Or, it may be that an asset has a mandatory relocation time, and there are simply too few available resources to provide complete protection. It could even be the case that a portion of the available resources are required to protect an even more valuable asset elsewhere. This paper presents a methodology for optimizing the protection of an asset when it needs to be relocated and there are insufficient resources to provide protection at all points along its journey.
—Agent-based simulation, game theory, mixed strategies, mobile asset protection.
The authors are with the Department of Engineering Systems at the Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL 32901 USA (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org).
Cite: Barry Webster, William Arrasmith, and Lok Acharya, "Optimizing Mobile Asset Protection in Areas Where Protective Resources Are Limited," International Journal of Modeling and Optimization vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 15-21, 2016.