CIBER Awarded $2.3m Port Freeport Project

Monday, October 02, 2006
CIBER, Inc. announced its Federal Solutions Division has been awarded the Port Freeport, Texas, Waterside Perimeter Protection Project, valued at $2.3 million. Port Freeport chose CIBER's Harbor Management and Security (HMS) solution to fulfill its unique needs for a shared system for regional port users. The system delivers both a port security, port safety, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and a port management system, all rolled into one integrated solution.

The Port Freeport contract is significant in part because the port is adding large new liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities which will soon be in operation. Dow Chemical, BASF and other petrochemical companies operate facilities in the port, and they will benefit from the shared system CIBER will implement. Earlier this year, CIBER completed a similar integrated multi-mission maritime system for the Port of Lake Charles, La., the largest LNG port in the U.S. That system was the first of its kind that offered a shared, multi- mission, integrated technological and business approach to protecting a port region and providing a type of Maritime Domain Awareness for a large region comprising hundreds of users across dozens of local, state, federal and private organizations. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also implemented a national maritime security project using CIBER's HMS system in the last year. "Port Freeport's goal with the new port security system is to provide one integrated and shared regional system that capitalizes on our existing technologies," said Port Freeport's Security Manager Rick Benavidez. "The current video surveillance system and wireless network will be integrated with CIBER's new technologies, such as intelligent radar; three modes of secure command and control (C2) situational displays (for command centers, mobile patrol boats, and authorized web based external users), automatic identification system (AIS) base stations, patrol boat tracking, interoperable communications, and web services to form one shared regional common operating picture. All this, coupled with the many other data management and data/sensor fusion, alert distribution, and post incident replay and analysis features within our new HMS system from CIBER will be shared across local, state, and federal agencies in the port region." Benavidez added, "First responders, the port's public and private facilities, pilots, and other approved entities can benefit from information provided by the system, too. In the last two rounds of port security grants, the Department of Homeland Security has focused on Maritime Domain Awareness and waterside perimeter security. The HMS system meets and exceeds the objective outlined by DHS."

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