The Intersection of Public/Private Partnership, Vision and Technology
The Houston Ship Channel, located in Houston, Texas, is part of the Port of Houston—one of the United States’ busiest seaports. When it comes to securing the Ship Channel, the stakes are high. The Houston Ship Channel is a vital national asset. The region includes 40 percent of U.S. chemical refining capacity and 14 percent of U.S. crude refining capacity. A shutdown of the refining and chemical industry in this region would impact the nation, region, state and local economies.
Over 150 private industrial companies operate within the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel. Many are also part of the Houston Ship Channel Security District (HSCSD), a unique public-private partnership whose mission is to improve security and safety for the facilities, employees and communities within and surrounding the Houston Ship Channel. The unique partnership enables members to collectively invest in the infrastructure and resources to secure the Ship Channel’s extensive waterside and landside facilities, supply chain and industries. HSCSD security initiatives are funded through a combination of federal grants and member assessments.
The result is a well-coordinated, system-wide approach to security that’s unprecedented in the industry. It’s a perfect example of how multiple public and private entities can come together to achieve impressive results through shared vision, collaboration, and technology. It’s a collaborative security model that other entities, within the government and private sectors, may want to emulate.
At the heart of the successful collaboration is the NICE Situator PSIM solution. Through its deployment of Situator, the Harris County Sheriff’s SMAG (the agency responsible for monitoring security at the Ship Channel) has been able to achieve greater situational awareness, improved interagency collaboration, and streamlined incident response.
I invite you to read more about this successful initiative in this feature article onSecurityInfoWatch.com.