Raytheon received a contract from the city of Providence, Rhode Island, to strengthen surveillance in its port by integrating chemical-detection sensors into the existing security system.
Working with emergency management and environmental agencies, and using cameras and sensors provided by Smiths detection, Raytheon's Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) will install equipment and integrate immediate warning capabilities to alert and protect communities from accidental and intentional chemical hazards.
"This detection equipment will improve situational awareness by providing keen insight to critical threats in the Port of Providence," said Karen Kalil Brown, VP of National & Theater Security Programs for Raytheon IDS. "The work is part of a Rhode Island initiative called Rhode Island Common Operating Picture, which enables decision-makers to evaluate, deter and respond to threats more efficiently."
A network of sensors from the southern entrance of Narragansett Bay to the Port of Providence 25 miles north feeds information into the Providence Emergency Management Agency's Operations Center, using Raytheon technology called Athena as the common operating picture platform. The Athena technology integrates information from radars and cameras, providing authorities with a picture of events as they are happening. The new sensors will be integrated into this system.