Adesta Selected by Maryland Port Administration to Secure Port of Baltimore

Adesta to install video surveillance system and perimeter security technology


OMAHA, Neb. -- Adesta, LLC, an Omaha, Neb.-based security systems integrator, today announced that it has executed a $5.5 million contract with the Maryland Port Administration to design and install a sophisticated security system at the Port of Baltimore. The wide-ranging project will include the installation of a remote video surveillance system as well as enhancements to terminal perimeter security. The expected completion date for the project is fall 2006.

The system will provide the Port with total perimeter security and includes a fully scalable communications and electronic security network. The perimeter security measures include closed circuit television, video analytics by VistaScape Security Systems, and force protection for all terminals located at the Port. Real time intrusion detection technology and thermal and low light cameras will allow security personnel to monitor fences, terminals, gates, and piers in order to quickly respond to suspicious activities. The communications network will be a robust wide area network with both wireless and fiber optic links to connect the public terminals. The wide area network will have significant capacity to support expansion of the security system and other applications requiring port wide communications.

"Adesta is pleased to add the Port of Baltimore to the long list of critical infrastructure that we have secured over the past several years," said Bob Sommerfeld, President of Adesta. "We will use the experience and knowledge we have gained providing both electronic and physical security solutions for other major ports and U.S. government facilities worldwide to assist with the protection of the Port of Baltimore."

The system installed by Adesta will increase the effectiveness of the Port security staff and ensure continued efficient and safe Port operations. Besides safeguarding the cargo that flows in and out of the Port, the system will also provide expanded safety and security for employees, visitors, and the citizens of Baltimore. These upgrades will help the Port of Baltimore meet the guidelines set forth by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). As a member of the Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Coast Guard implements these government regulations geared towards ports and other waterways as a result 9/11.

"We are extremely pleased that Adesta was awarded the contract to upgrade security at Maryland's Port of Baltimore," said Maryland Port Administration Executive Director F. Brooks Royster, III. "Adesta's installation of the new remote video surveillance system and enhanced perimeter security will only add to our Port's reputation as a leader not only in maritime commerce, but maritime security as well."

Adesta is a leader in securing facilities and infrastructure in the United States and around the world. With customers such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Port of Corpus Christi and nationally recognized pharmaceutical manufacturers and software developers, Adesta works in niche markets that highlight their competencies. Working on projects large and small, Adesta implements sophisticated systems that include cutting edge technologies to help protect people and places. The company is online at adestagroup.com.