FirstView System Will Manage Early Warning Chemical Warfare Detectors and CCTV Cameras Providing Real-Time Port Security
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 17, 2010 — Smiths Detection today announces the award of a contract for its FirstView® early warning chemical threat detection and video management system to be installed at the Port of Providence, R.I. Funded through a competitive Department of Homeland Security grant, the system will alert authorities to chemical hazards in the port area and provide real-time video and sensor data to first responders and emergency personnel.
It combines Smiths Detection’s chemical detection capabilities ( Centurion II) and FirstView video and sensor management software with Raytheon’s Athena command and control system to monitor traffic in Narragansett Bay. Using radar, Geographic Information System (GIS) systems and long-range video cameras, vessels can be remotely identified and tracked from the harbor entrance at Newport to the loading docks at the Port of Providence.
Jamie Edgar, Vice President, Smiths Detection, said: “Our system provides a true layered approach to maritime security. By integrating live video, data management and immediate warning capabilities with fixed sensors in critical areas, FirstView and Athena will help protect against intentional or accidental chemical incidents.”
Providence Mayor David Cicilline, whose city administration awarded the contract, said: “These chemical sensors will provide our emergency response personnel with critical information needed to accurately evaluate potential threats and mobilize quickly to protect the residents of our state. This state-of-the art technology, developed right here in Rhode Island, is also helping to retain jobs and put people to work.”
System data will be monitored by the Providence Emergency Management Agency. In the event of a chemical incident, authorities at the command center will be notified within seconds about chemical identification, concentration and approximate location in order to initiate response protocols.
Smiths Detection ( www.smithsdetection.com) designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has plants in eight U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group ( www.smiths.com), a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states. For more information on its U.S. operations: U.S. Fact Book.