Reston, VA -- September 18, 2006- ObjectVideo, the leader in intelligent video, announced today that the Port of Texas City has deployed ObjectVideo VEW on more than 40 surveillance cameras around its 22,000 foot perimeter to monitor and detect intrusions by people, vehicles and watercraft.
The port is bordered by the U.S. Texas City Harbor on its east side, and several chemical plants and oil refineries surround its northern and western sides. Additionally, an industrial ship canal borders the port on its southern side, separating the port facility itself from a chemical storage facility. The Texas City Terminal Railway Company provides an important land link to the port, handling over more than 25,000 car loads per year. The Port of Texas City's success as a privately owned port has been aided by its shareholders, Union Pacific and the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads, whose connections allow for expeditious interchange of their traffic.
ObjectVideo's intelligent video has enhanced this vital infrastructure's perimeter by providing technology that allows security personnel to monitor larger areas more efficiently and accurately.
"As a major port in the U.S. surrounded by chemical plants and oil refineries, we demand the most advanced in security technologies," said Jason Hayley, Manager of Port Security, Port of Texas City. "ObjectVideo's technology can distinguish between an everyday occurrence and a potential threat to provide us with actionable intelligence in real-time."
ObjectVideo features include enabling security personnel to set up rules in areas of interest, as in this case around the fence line and rail access gates. It runs all objects in a camera's view against these event-specific, pre-defined rules. When an object violates a rule, the software alerts operations personnel in real time by phone, pager, email or an alert console. This allows those personnel to effectively monitor dozens of cameras simultaneously.
"ObjectVideo is proud to protect the largest private port in the country," said Melchior Baltazar, Vice President, Critical Infrastructure Protection, ObjectVideo. "Port of Texas City is a great example of how ObjectVideo's software can be easily integrated to enhance existing security systems and increase the efficiency of security personnel."
About Port of Texas City
Founded in 1893, the Port of Texas City / Texas City Terminal Railway Company is the eighth largest port of 153 ports in the United States and the third largest in Texas with water borne tonnage exceeding 78 million net tons. The Texas City Terminal Railway Company provides an important land link to the port, handling over 25,000 car loads per year. The Port of Texas City's success as a privately owned port has been aided by its shareholders, The Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroads whose connections allow for expeditious interchange of their traffic. Port crews provide switching in the Texas City area, inside the Port and for all industries and businesses requiring rail services.