Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL), the Caribbean's leading multi-purpose port at the Port of Kingston, recently installed a state-of-the-art security observation system that enables around-the-clock monitoring of the entire facility. The comprehensive, web-based system has already been integral to the apprehension of persons attempting to engage in illegal activity.
"We are putting in place the people, equipment and systems to make KWL the finest port terminal of the Western Hemisphere and this must include our security systems," stated Grantley Stephenson, chairman and CEO of KWL. "Efficiency, security and safety are the watchwords for excellence in this industry and the new monitoring system that includes some thirty (30) closed-circuit television (CCTV's) cameras assists us in achieving higher standards in all areas," adds the KWL chairman.
The web-based CCTV system is so thorough that it can seamlessly track and record the movements and activities of persons from their point of entrance anywhere on the terminal's perimeter through to any section or department of the KWL, in both covered and uncovered areas.
"We are capturing the images that we can use to capture criminals," says Captain John Ulett, managing director of Security Administrators Limited (SAL), KWL's security services subsidiary. He notes that the CCTV system captures clear images that are being monitored real-time and are also being recorded for playback and for use as evidence.
"New legislation permits electronic evidence in Jamaica's courts, so this new system not only identified wrongdoers but also helped to convict them," explains Captain Ulett. He revealed that additional CCTV cameras will soon be installed and that the new technology is being complemented by advanced methods of selecting and training of security personnel, including psychometric testing, "to ensure" he adds, "that the terminal has not only the appropriate technology but also the right people for its protection".
SAL has established itself as the regional leader in the industry in terms of implementation of the international ship and port facility Security Code and also training port facility security officers in other Caribbean territories and are operators and regional distributors of ROV machines.
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