Port Everglades Selects DVTel's Advanced Video and Data Management Platform for Security Upgrade

DVTel Inc., Security Industry Association award-winning market leader in delivering integrated IP security solutions for surveillance and monitoring, announced that Broward County's Port Everglades has chosen the DVTel Intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC) platform as the cornerstone of its system-wide security management upgrade.

More than 5,800 ships call at Port Everglades annually, and the Port is one of South Florida's strongest economic engines with annual operating revenues of approximately $100 million and total waterborne commerce exceeding 23 million tons in liquid, break bulk and containerized cargoes. Port Everglades' growing containerized cargo business establishes it among the nation's top seaports as well as a major petroleum storage and distribution hub.

Upon completion of the first phase of the upgrade project, the system will comprise more than 200 fixed and PTZ cameras monitoring port entry and exit points and providing surveillance of the port perimeter, as well as waterside activities. The project represents collaboration and integration among systems provided by Lenel, ObjectVideo, StorageTek, FLIR, and Bosch. Security One Systems, Inc., the largest privately owned systems integrator in the Southeast U.S., was chosen to provide, install, and integrate all the systems.

The original security upgrade plan called for a decentralized design with digital video recorders (DVRs) spread out among 15 separate "node rooms." Tony Belotto, CPP, Special Projects Director for Security One Systems recommended that the Port utilize DVTel's software-based solution and unique architecture to centralize all equipment in a state-of-the-art Security Operations Center, simplifying management and oversight; eliminating the need for substantial amounts of hardware; and substantially reducing the overall project cost. And because all cameras are on the Port's one-gigabyte network, DVTel's Virtual Matrix technology enables security personnel to call up any camera on any monitor at anytime.

"DVTel is the next generation technology," said Mel Becena, Security Administrator for Port Everglades. "It's a true network-based system, so there's no need to place DVRs throughout the port complex. DVTel's integration with ObjectVideo as well as other systems will give us the performance we need to meet today's heightened security threats, while improving our productivity-all at a significant savings over our original design."

Eli Gorovici, DVTel CEO, commented, "DVTel's innovative, software-based architecture gives Port Everglades the freedom to locate equipment where they need it and the freedom to integrate systems together to create the performance and efficiencies that are essential for improved security capabilities at our nation's ports. Mel and his team now have eyes all over the port's more than 2,000 acres. They can sit in a central location and efficiently monitor and intelligently respond to threats from anywhere in the port complex."