West Sacramento Port Upgrades Video

security surveillance at ports

Two DNF Security video monitoring workstations, one at each guard gate, run the Ocularis Client. The network is used solely for the video system; a separate network is used for the port’s day-to-day business. Six-strand multi-mode fiber runs from the server to each network location. The use of fiber-optic cables enables network signals to be transmitted for longer distances than Ethernet cabling. A significant upgrade in the fiber network was undertaken to accommodate the video network; the fiber upgrade will also likely find additional uses in the future as the port grows.

During the original installation, OnSSI’s legacy NetGuard EVS was used as the client viewing software and the Ocularis Client was later installed after the project was complete. The operators like the virtual joystick for PTZ and the ability to browse recorded video based on time increments or activity. They also like that the screen layout is simpler and “flows much better,” according to Charlie Rossiter, WT&S technician. Port management can access the system remotely using the city’s IT network, but would only use it when looking for something specific.

The platform runs on standard IT servers and adheres to and supports recognized industry standards, including integration with a range of physical security and camera devices. Events can be investigated using instant review and digital PTZ during live monitoring. Targets can be detected automatically using video motion detection. All Phase Security’s officers can follow any moving targets with PTZ cameras.

Across the Sacramento River from the port, on remote sites, two mobile wireless surveillance trailers, run by solar power and diesel generators, each include a roughly 30-foot-tall mast on which three Sony PTZ cameras and one FLIR pan and tilt thermal imaging camera are mounted. Firetide HotPort 6000 wireless mesh nodes are used to transmit video signals from the surveillance trailers to the server. Battery backup and diesel generators ensure continuous power during the night. An upgrade is planned to provide solar panels large enough to allow the trailers to run solely on solar power.

The cameras across the river are used to view the opposite shore and access to the waterway. Offering views back at the physical facilities of the port, the cameras help to make sure no one is gaining unauthorized access. In case of a natural disaster or other emergency, the trailers could be redeployed to provide surveillance of other locations. The port also uses a Talk-A-Phone emergency broadcast system.


Protecting the wide open perimeter

The system secures the perimeter against any trespassers and ensures the integrity of the fence line. The port is located along a main roadway in West Sacramento, where vehicle, foot and bike traffic are common. If there are fishermen along the waterway, security looks to make sure they maintain a position away from the port docks. Video feeds also help security officers look for any activity in the port that is out of the ordinary or involves a restricted area. They can view traffic patterns at the port, and view work crews, contractors or vendors working inside the ports. Cameras view along the roadways of the port, along the docks and the waterway leading to the port.

Huntsinger affirmed that the Port of West Sacramento’s investment in building an infrastructure to accommodate an IP-based video system is worth it and will provide additional benefits in the future.