Honeywell Provides Radar Security for Port of Miami
Waterside radar system provides situational awareness of the waterways surrounding the "Cruise Capital of the World”
Honeywell has successfully implemented a waterside radar system that
provides situational awareness of the waterways in the general areas
surrounding the Port of Miami, one of the United States' busiest
The Port installation makes use of radar arrays - installed by
Honeywell-certified supplier Adesta, LLC - to monitor ship traffic. The
Honeywell Radar Video Surveillance (RVS) system serves as the backbone of each
array and enables authorities to respond quickly to potential threats by
integrating waterside radar with Automatic Identification System (AIS), Global
Positioning System (GPS) and video data. The RVS software allows security
personnel to create rules for identifying potential threats, including defined
alarm zones, ship speed and direction, time of day and other operator
"The Implementation of the Radar Video Surveillance System and the
Automated Information System is another example of how the Port of Miami is
implementing cutting-edge technology to strengthen our ability to provide a
secure environment for both our cruise and cargo customers," said Bill
Johnson, Port of Miami director.
The solution quickly transmits radar and video display information to the
Port's control center through wireless and fiber optic networks. In the command
and control center, security personnel view the user interface on displays
where tracking and video information are displayed via a geospatial map,
providing the Port with situational awareness assessment of potential threats.
The solution also wirelessly transmits the information to patrol boat officers
who use laptops outfitted with the RVS software for onsite real-time target and
"Maritime security is one of the most scrutinized homeland security issues
today, and effectively securing a seaport is an extremely challenging task due
to the sheer size of the area," said Jeremy Howard, global account manager
for critical infrastructure protection, Honeywell. "By collaborating with
an integrator such as Adesta who has vast experience in this market and using
an integrated approach, Honeywell has provided a solution that quickly delivers
critical information that security personnel at the Port of Miami need to make
an informed decision when responding to a threat."
The Port of Miami, in Florida's Miami-Dade County, is known as both the Cruise
Capital of the World and the Cargo Gateway of the Americas. The Port
contributes more than $17 billion annually to the South Florida economy and
supports more than 176,000 jobs. In fiscal year 2008, more than 4.1 million
passengers traveled through the Port, and more than 7.4 million tons and
828,349 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of cargo passed through the
For more information, visit the Honeywell Radar Video Surveillance (RVS) website.
Photo courtesy of the Port of Miami.