Honeywell Provides Radar Security for Port of Miami


Honeywell has successfully integrated waterside radar technology to help secure the Port of Miami ship channels and enable authorities to respond to potential threats.

The Port of Miami, one of the United States’ busiest seaports, is known for its surplus of cruise ships and busy cargo gateways. The port has more than 7.4 million tons and nearly 830,000 units of cargo pass through the facility annually.

Honeywell-certified supplier Adesta LLC installed the radar arrays to allow authorities to monitor ship traffic. The Honeywell Radar Video Surveillance (RVS) system serves as the backbone of each array and enables authorities to respond quickly to potential threats by integrating waterside radar with Automatic Identification System (AIS), GPS and video data.

  The RVS software allows security personnel to create rules for identifying potential threats, including defined alarm zones, ship speed and direction, time of day and other operator inputs. Intruders detected by the radar system are depicted on the RVS graphical user interface and allow security personnel to use Honeywell’s ACUIX pan/tilt/zoom (p/t/z) cameras to assess and track the targets.

Honeywell’s solutions were integrated with the port’s legacy access control and ship scheduling systems in collaboration with the port’s IT division. The access control integration provides for the immediate notification of RVS alarms to the legacy central alarm monitoring system, while the AIS provides vessel arrival and departure information to the port’s legacy ship scheduling system.

“Maritime security is one of the most scrutinized homeland security issues today, and effectively securing a seaport is an extremely challenging task due to the sheer size of the area,” says Jeremy Howard, global account manager for critical infrastructure protection, Honeywell. “By collaborating with an integrator such as Adesta who has vast experience in this market and using an integrated approach, Honeywell has provided a solution that quickly delivers critical information that security personnel at the Port of Miami need to make an informed decision when responding to a threat.”

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