Port of Houston Authority Further Enhances Security Capabilities With Orsus' Situator - a User-Friendly Situation Management Sys

HOUSTON, Texas , July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Orsus(R), the pioneer in the field of Situation Management, a new holistic approach to optimizing situation planning, response and analysis, has been awarded a contract for its Situator(TM) product suite with the Port of Houston Authority (PHA). The project will integrate hundreds of cameras and access points, plus other devices for the port authority's public terminals and enhance the PHA's capabilities with a more sophisticated and technologically advanced system.

The deployment of Situator is scheduled to begin in early August. Situator will be monitored 24 hours, seven days a week at the Port Coordination Center in Houston . A leader in its approach to security, the PHA is the first port authority to receive ISO 28000:2007 certification for its security management system.

Along with integrating hundreds of cameras and access points, Situator will bring together video management, video analytics, visitor management, police dispatch software and weather alert systems for the Port of Houston Authority. It will also enable the PHA to integrate with multiple internal and external communication systems, including Houston TranStar, a partnership of four government agencies to provide transportation management and emergency management services to the Greater Houston Region.

"Once we implement the Situator system, PHA will have enhanced capability for integrating our security technology," said Wade Battles , PHA Managing Director. "An added benefit of the new software is that it is more user-friendly."

Today, organizations are demanding a solution to the data overload resulting from many disparate new technologies, and seeking a unified operating picture for situational awareness, while still protecting investment in existing technology and systems. They seek to raise the efficiency of existing personnel and comply with emerging regulations and organizational procedures - without raising operational costs.

Situator(TM) is the solution for these demands. Situator is a comprehensive Situation Management software platform that delivers clarity and control to enterprise control rooms - enabling better coordination of the interaction between people, alerting sources, and responses.

The Port of Houston is made up of the Port of Houston Authority and 150 private industrial companies located along the 25-mile stretch of the Houston Shipping Channel. In 2007, more than 225 million tons of cargo passed through the Port of Houston .

With Orsus' Situator, the Port of Houston Authority can integrate incident reporting, simulate security-related events for training purposes and integrate system analysis tools to provide a comprehensive security approach. It enables the port authority to also improve risk management, minimize vulnerability and comply with security regulations governing port facilities.

"The Port of Houston is home to the second largest petrochemical complex in the world and ranked first in the United States for foreign waterborne tonnage and second in total tonnage, which makes it a priority for the most advanced security solutions," said Gal Oron, President Americas at Orsus. "Orsus has field-proven integrations with other ports and is pleased to be the solution provider of choice to meet the needs of the Port of Houston Authority."

Situator reduces potentially costly human error, makes it easy to establish and maintain compliance with industry and government regulations and dramatically improves the speed and effectiveness of incident response and recovery while actually reducing operating costs.

Situator is available and fully supported in North America and around the world through a network of security and safety integrators. For more information, or to request a Situator demo, please visit http://www.orsus.com or contact Orsus at info@orsus.com.

For a live demonstration of Situator, visit Orsus at the AAPA - Security Seminar and Expo, Hilton Americas , Houston, Texas , July 16-18 Booth #21.

About Orsus

Orsus(R) is a Situation Management pioneer. Situation Management is a new, holistic approach to optimizing situation planning, response and analysis. Situator(TM) is the first comprehensive Situation Management software platform to unify management of the entire Control Room Lifecycle for security, safety and emergency services where the risk of human error can lead to financial loss, injury and damage to public image. With successful implementation in a variety of industries and a reputation for innovative ideas and development Orsus possesses the knowledge, experience and determination to shape the future of Situation Management.

About the Port of Houston Authority

The Port of Houston Authority owns and operates the public facilities located along the Port of Houston , the 25-mile-long complex of diversified public and private facilities designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy lift cargo, and other types of cargo. Each year, more than 7,700 vessels call at the port, which ranks first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage and second in overall total tonnage. The port authority plays a vital role in ensuring navigational safety along the Houston Ship Channel, which has been instrumental in Houston's development as a center of international trade. The Barbours Cut Container Terminal and Central Maintenance Facility are the first of any U.S. port facilities to develop and implement an innovative Environmental Management System that meets the rigorous standards of ISO 14001. PHA is the first port authority in the world to receive ISO 28000:2007 certification for Port Police and the perimeter security operations at both the Barbours Cut and Bayport Terminals. Additionally, the port is an approved delivery point for Coffee "C" futures contracts traded on the New York Board of Trade's Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa Exchange.

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