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Posted on: December 1, 2020

Port implements new safety & security platform

Photo of platform displayed on TV screen

The Port of Palm Beach is now using a real-time comprehensive situational awareness platform from STRAX Intelligence Group.

“As the 18th busiest container Port in the country, my fellow Port Commisisoners and I understand the importance of investing in security upgrades. We want everyone working or visiting the Port to feel safe when they are here,” said Port of Palm Beach District Chairman Wayne M. Richards. 

The STRAX platform provides numerous features and benefits to the Port, its tenants, stakeholders and the public. 

“This system enhances the Port’s ability to effectively prevent, detect, respond and recover from acts of aggression, terror and/or natural disasters,” said Kenneth Hern, Senior Director of Port Operations and Security.  

Director of Security using platform

The platform allows Port security staff members to access, in real-time: 

  • Port camera feeds
  • vessel traffic movements
  • ShotSpotter
  • Emergency response plans for vessels and facilities
  • Weather alerts
  • aviation radar
  • Port hurricane plan
  • Text alerts
  • Panic alarms

“The intent is to give our law enforcement partners access to the system so they can see what’s happening in real-time at the local, state and federal level, in case of an emergency. This in turn will lead to faster response times and increase safety to the community,” Hern said. 

Upon full implementation, the Port will share access to the system with United States Coast Guard Sector Miami, United States Customs and Border Protection, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the City of Riviera Beach. The agencies will also be able to receive text emergency alerts and emails through STRAX Platform. 

Photo of STRAX platform

Scott Adams, CEO and Co-Founder of STRAX Intelligence Group says, “We look forward to working with the Port of Palm Beach to deliver solutions that meet their current security requirements while also providing them with a platform that offers advanced technology to adapt and expand to meet their future needs.” 

The Port of Palm Beach District Board of Commissioners approved the adoption of STRAX in the October Regular Board meeting. The platform is partially funded by a Florida Department of Transportation Port security grant. 

This state of the art technology is a positive step in making our seaport safer,” said Port Executive Director Manuel Almira. 

The Port of Palm Beach is the first seaport in the U.S. to implement the STRAX system. 

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