Baltimore port security work goes to Adesta

A collection of technology'low-light cameras, fiber-optic links and video analytics'will be brought together to protect the Port of Baltimore in a new technology project.

Adesta LLC, an Omaha, Neb., systems integrator, began a $5.5 million contract with the Maryland Port Administration to design and install the security system at the port.

The project will include the installation of a remote video surveillance system as well as enhancements to terminal perimeter security. The expected completion date for the project is fall 2006.

The system will provide the port with perimeter security and includes a communications and electronic security network. The perimeter security measures include closed circuit television, video analytics by VistaScape Security Systems Corp. and force protection for all terminals at the port.

Real-time intrusion detection technology and thermal and low-light cameras will allow security personnel to monitor fences, terminals, gates, and piers in order to respond to suspicious activities. The communications network will be a wide-area network with both wireless and fiber-optic links to connect the public terminals.

Besides safeguarding the cargo that flows in and out of the port, the system also will provide expanded safety and security for employees, visitors and nearby citizens.

These upgrades will help the port meet the guidelines set forth by the Maritime Transportation Security Act.

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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