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Port Security

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a part of the Department of Homeland Security.  As part of TSA's effort to secure the transportation ports of the United States, a program was undertaken to significantly enhance and expand the security camera system at the Port of Corpus Christi.  Bath Engineering Corporation was retained to provide electrical, instrumentation, and communications systems designs for the following series of projects having a total construction value of over $20 million.

Security Command Center:  This is a new building that houses the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department.   It operates on a 24/7 basis.  The telecom room contains all the electronic equipment that is required to distribute, decode, process, and analyze the video content.   Video feeds from over a hundred strategically placed security cameras are content analyzed and displayed on a seamless 10 cube integrated matrix DLP wall display system that serves as the operator interface.

Inner Harbor Security Cameras:  The nine mile inner harbor is monitored by cameras with intelligent video motion detection. All critical oil docks and military strategic cargo docks have been equipped with high mast lighting that serves as a deterrent to unwanted activity.

Access Control: Access control and video surveillance were installed at numerous buildings and 9 strategic gates and guard house locations throughout the Port's Inner Harbor. 

Harbor Island Cruise Ship Terminal:  Video cameras were strategically placed to provide 24/7 perimeter monitoring of the cruise terminal area.   Thermal cameras were installed that provide nighttime coverage of the entrance to Corpus Christi Ship Channel from the Gulf of Mexico.

Vessel Tracking Information System: A Vessel Tracking Information System (VTIS) was designed which includes shore-based frequency diverse circular polarized THERMA radar, an Automated Identification System (AIS) vessel transponder, an enhanced VHF system and Thermal Imaging video cameras.  Data is transmitted via a combination of dedicated fiber  and leased telco broadband.

Fiber Optic Cable: Nine miles of fiber optic cable were installed along a Union Pacific railroad right of way. This fiber was designed to be the signal transmission backbone for the Ports interconnection of their security system from remote locations as well as serving possible future Port Industries Clients.  This project had to overcome several design constraints involving contaminated soils and wetlands area.