Smiths Detection Provides Threat Detection and VMS for US Port

Smiths Detection was awarded a contract for its chemical threat detection and VMS to be installed at the Port of Providence, Rhode Island 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 and 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, VP of 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, management software and control system 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.
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