Rhode Island has received an $856,000 federal grant to improve port security.
The U.S Department of Homeland Security grant will pay for a wireless telecommunications network to improve security in Narragansett Bay.
The network would help the Coast Guard, state agencies and cities and towns to monitor the coast and quickly respond to threats.
Gov. Don Carcieri on Friday said Rhode Island's project will be used to demonstrate technology that may be used in other states.
The system will include video cameras, text messaging and voice communications linked to motion, biochemical and underwater sensors around the bay.
Rhode Island is one if 12 states to receive such grants.