Smiths Detection awarded R.I. port chemical threat detection contract

Officials with Smiths Detection recently announced that the company was awarded a contract to use its FirstView chemical threat detection and video management system at Port Of Providence, R.I.

The system, which was funded through a Department of Homeland Security grant, will alert chemical threats to authorities and will provide real-time video and sensor data, officials told Reuters.

The technology combines the company’s Centurion II chemical detection capabilities and FirstView video software with Raytheon’s Athena command center to monitor traffic in Narragansett Bay. Vessels can now be remotely identified and tracked from the harbor entrance at Newport to loading docks in the port.

“Our system provides a true layered approach to maritime security,” Jamie Edgar, Smiths Detection's vice-president, told Reuters. “By integrating live video, data management and immediate warning capabilities with fixed sensors in critical areas, FirstView and Athena will help protect against intentional or accidental chemical incidents.”

Providence Mayor David Cicilline, whose city administration awarded the contract, also praised the system.

“These chemical sensors will provide our emergency response personnel with critical information needed to accurately evaluate potential threats and mobilize quickly to protect the residents of our state,” Cicilline told Reuters. “This state-of-the art technology, developed right here in Rhode Island, is also helping to retain jobs and put people to work.