Security Technology Executive

NOV-DEC 2016

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November/December 2015 • SECURITY TECHNOLOGY EXECUTIVE 23 data; collection of dynamic, open-source data; visualization date, pictures, maps, charts, etc.; and built-in process/incident models. The platform is a pull system for sharing bidirec- tional information from the operator's view- point. Reports and incident data can be dis- tributed to pre-identified users. Virtual Port is not a control platform; it is an informational tool for referencing, modeling and processing existing information. Goals and Objectives • To enhance maritime domain awareness capabilities of the Joint Command & Control Center • To provide a common operational picture of Port operations to support security, response, and business continuity. • To integrate with the existing CCTV system; incorporating feeds from all cameras in the port-wide camera system, allowing users to access a real time view of the locations. • To provide data to regional first responders (such as, Long Beach Police and Fire Depart- ments), giving them real time, onsite access to the Virtual Port software. The purpose of the Virtual Port Project was to develop an advanced domain awareness tool that focuses on creating a picture of what is happening in or impacting Port operations in real time. This information is utilized for creating a common operational picture for deployment of resources or re-directing of assets under the Port's control. The platform graphically represents information so that it can be easily understood by security control center operators. A collection of historical data, such as GIS based drawings, maps, "as builts", etc., is avail- able as static information on the platform. The GIS feature allows for modeling information for evacuation and business continuity purposes. This enables control center operators to direct maintenance crews and security staff to loca- tions where critical actions would be required. Examples of static information include power grids, water lines and their shut off valves, sur- veillance installation drawings, network con- figurations, etc. The third element of the platform is visual- ization, which includes embedding of still pic- tures and video clips of critical infra-structure for historical reference. The visual images can be matched to live feeds from the Port's cam- era systems. The final component is the data mining element. The Port's vision is to take shipping data from the Marine Exchange, Blue The Virtual Port system utilizes a map-centric situational awareness application to provide a user friendly screen to reach the various capability modules and data. It is simple to use and navigates through rich layers of information. The simplicity of design and web based development allows it to be accessed and utilized on mobile tablet devices (e.g. iPad). The platform continues to evolve in its development, providing the opportunity to include additional layers of data to optimize visualization of the Port.

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