ELECTRONICS IN PORT SECURITY--MARINE OIL TERMINALS

With the increase of both tanker traffic at this terminal and a world wide increase of terrorist activity, the need for a full-time security system at Continental Oil Company's (Conoco) Wilmington, Ca., terminal and storage facility became apparent. Due to cost and other Factors, a "manned guard shack" principle had to be adandoned. Electronics proved to be the answer. The "heart" of the security system are two high resolution closed circuit television cameras, specially modified for infra-red sensitivity. The cameras and access gate are controlled by a Conoco employee from a central operations room in the terminal compound. A video tape recorder, operating in time lapse mode, keeps a complete record of activity along with the exact time and date. This electronic security system has proved to have several advantages over the "guard at the gate" type security system. Two of these advantages are: A. The system can operate 24 hrs. per day, 7 days per week, which was before economically impossible due to the cost of guard service in the L.A. area. B. The system is monitored by a Conoco employee, who can also monitor other terminal and pipeline operations from the operations room. Presented are total system description and operational guide.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Symposium Papers presented at RTCM Assembly Meeting April 17-20, 1978, Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Canada. With the participation of International Association of Great Lakes Ports. Volume I, WARC 79 and Satellites and Advanced Systems.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    /Federal Communications Commission
    Washington, DC  United States  20554
  • Authors:
    • Vaiana, P J
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184768
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No 1.H
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1979 12:00AM