This area includes the number-one commercial and military out-load port in
A vast traffic-monitoring network has been deployed here to ensure that all vessels (civilian, military and commercial) can safely navigate the waters with minimal interference such as collisions or other stoppage. The new surveillance system also monitors the many petroleum refineries that line the channel. Backed by a
"Milestone truly is the best IP video open platform on the market. It integrates with all of the cameras seamlessly and provides the sheriff's department with more high definition images for significantly better views of the waterway than their previous system. We now have camera 'eyes' located on an array of tall locations in challenging environments. Our solution design includes live mobile video on tablets and smartphones to dispatchers and personnel on watercraft," says
Vessels range in size from small tugboats to huge tanker ships hauling hundreds of tons of oil and other commodities. When an incident is called in to port security, authorities must assess the situation and respond immediately. Milestone Xprotect provides the user interface where reported incidents are checked in the video to determine if the port must close to resolve a situation or can continue operating. Closing the port for any amount of time is an expensive procedure, so having virtual eyes on the scene is imperative to optimal operations.
The previously installed system no longer met the port's needs and was only viewable and navigable in one control station building.
The Milestone solution consolidates the 24-hour monitored cameras into one centrally managed solution, viewable by all administrators in their respective offices, in the main monitoring station and on mobile devices. With high-level national security implications, live camera views and the ability to quickly check recorded video is essential to the port's operational standards for efficiency. Every second between an incident report and confirmation of the validity of the report is crucial to the response process.
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"If we pick up a radar blip that's not transmitting an identification signal, it is imperative to identify that blip before it enters the port," explains
Cameras line the river and port entrance, placed in strategic locations from the roofs of buildings to the top of the
"We've adapted to the ease of application, connectivity and versatility of the Milestone interface very quickly - it's so easy to use," says
The port is a vital, active entity, responsible for millions of dollars in assets and manpower. If an incident is reported to the
"This is a high-traffic waterway and with a limited width, there are bound to be close calls and incidents," says Measells. "It's good to have more eyes on each vessel." When an incident is reported, officials must immediately confirm the report. Then the proper authorities are contacted and ground or water personnel deployed as needed. The sheriff's department jurisdiction covers the entire 55 miles of critical infrastructure.
"If I get a report of an incident, I'll pull Milestone Mobile up on my tablet or phone to assess the situation," says Deputy Chief
"We can move from evaluation of a report to initiating a response in a matter of minutes, if not seconds," Moore adds. "There's time and money there. Once we confirm, all responders' mindsets are immediately shifted into response."
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