Port of Houston

  • 03 Nov 2015 11:04

Managing The Critical Flow of people using TWIC™ at Port of Houston

The Port of Houston consists of the Port of Houston Authority (PHA) and 150+ private industrial companies along the 25-mile long Houston Ship Channel. The Port of Houston is solely responsible for the security of its terminals. The 150+ private owners have their own security plans, however, they closely figure into the security matrix for protection within the Port. Bill Crews, CPP is the Port Security & Emergency Operations Manager and works closely with the owners to maintain a consistent level of security throughout all terminals.

Managing Access
The PHA is split between the Barbour’s Cut region and Turning Basin region. Each region manages a portion of the port. AMAG Technology’s Symmetry Global Security Management software operates as two regions, however everyone gets enrolled in the Symmetry Central Card Handler regardless if a person is in Barbour’s Cut or Turning Basin. The Symmetry Central Card Handler provides a central place for all basic cardholder information. Once enrolled, the cards are pushed out to the region where they will be used.

Each card holder record that is part of the Port’s Symmetry Security Management System is managed by the Central Card Handler. What gives the system so much power and flexibility is that these access rights can be communicated quickly and easily to any card reader location.

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