TWIC Enhanced Physical/Perimeter Security

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) received a federal Port Security Grant to fund enhanced Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) compliance at its terminal access points and upgrade perimeter security features. Working with JAXPORT’s security team, RS&H reviewed the existing status of security operations and supporting infrastructure at the Blount Island Marine and Talleyrand Marine Terminals, then developed a scope of work designed to ensure that access points were hardened to TWIC-level compliance. RS&H also provided construction administration services.

The system includes TWIC enrollment and authentication (Codebench) along with physical access control system controllers by AMAG Technology, TWIC card readers (biometric and standard), closed-circuit cameras, and intercom substations, which comply with TWIC requirements and are prescribed by the Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and United States Coast Guard. In addition, the project includes migration of existing credential information and integration with the port’s existing physical security information management system.

RS&H designed a new underground duct bank and fiber-optic infrastructure on JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal to eliminate an outdated and failing wireless system. These enhancements will improve reliability and provide much-needed redundancy with JAXPORT’s existing closed-circuit security cameras and mass notification system.

RS&H completed the design in a short time frame with multiple technologies and systems in use. The team leveraged its experience with the technology to provide a design and scope to meet project demands with minimal disruption.

Project Details

Description Transportation
Ports & Marine
Location Jacksonville, FL
Client/Owner Jacksonville Port Authority
Construction Value $1.84M


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