Baltimore’s War of 1812 anniversary overseen by imaging security system

Government Security News

Fri, 2012-07-13 01:15 PM

Baltimore Sailabration

Baltimore’s “Star-Spangled Sailabration,” which drew hundreds of thousands to the inner harbor of the city June 13-19 to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, employed long-range video surveillance technology from Integrated Signal Analysis (ISA).

According to ISA, one 80 megapixel WAVcam and a CommandBridge Regional Domain Awareness application offered safety and security personnel an unprecedented view of more than a 25-square-mile area of the harbor from north of Fort McHenry, west to the Hanover Street Bridge and southeast past the Francis Scott Key Bridge. With blue force tracking and the ability to correlate the video, AIS and radar tracks, first responders could see every boat in the harbor and knew its bearing and distance from the nearest fire boat or rescue vessel, said the company.

“While commanding one of the largest maritime events in Baltimore’s history and with thousands of boaters, military grey hulls, and tall ships in Baltimore’s inner harbor, CommandBridge, a component of the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network (MLEIN), coupled with the WAVcam imagery, gave us the technology to gain enhanced situational awareness, quickly identify vessels in distress, and provided strategic data to help Baltimore’s command team and first responders facilitate quick, coordinated and controlled emergency response,”  said Lt. Scott Brillman director of finance, public information and communications for the City of Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management.

“ISA is proud to have provided WAVcam’s visual situation awareness technology for the Maritime Law Enforcement Information Network during Maryland’s Star-Spangled Sailabration.  We were honored by the invitation to work with The Mariner Group and add WAVcam’s unique wide-area, high-resolution video to their CommandBridge capabilities for this important event,” said Stacy Kniffen, president of Innovative Signal Analysis, Inc.

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