Sea freight is one of the most cost-effective ways to move goods and materials around the world.

Maritime transport is essential to the global economy - at any one time over 90% of the world’s trade is by sea. Ports are the gateway to this vitally important international marketplace, making them a critical component of our global trade infrastructure.

Striking the right balance between efficiency, security, and safety is a daily challenge for port operators. This white paper examines the theory and practice of achieving this, including how to achieve a 360-degree view of all data and events, and effective ways to mitigate theft, goods tampering/smuggling, and deliberate attack.


Achieving situational awareness

An integrated approach to port surveillance provides an answer to this conundrum. Instead of looking to adopt different solutions for each individual element of port protection, intelligently integrated surveillance focuses on one goal - complete estate situational awareness.

Ports require a three-pronged approach to protection. A pyramid that incorporates measures to address efficiency, security, and safety.
This is achieved through adopting an open protocol surveillance command and control platform that allows video (analog, digital, and thermal cameras), intruder alarms, fire and gas detection, access control, critical asset tracking, and site management systems to be integrated, monitored, and managed within a single, unified environment.

In turn, this allows operators in a central control suite, whether concerned with efficiency, security, or safety, to achieve a 360-degree view of all data and events, and importantly, see how various, seemingly irrelevant events may relate to each other to signify potential or actual threat.

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