Press Release Article


Date: Sep 20, 2012
Press Release Number: 129-2012

Unique Technology Will Improve Both Security at the Port and the Environment

The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today agreed to partner with Sustainable Terminal Services, Inc. – a consortium of terminal operators in the Port of New York and New Jersey – to bring Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to the port. The RFID system will allow the Port Authority and its terminal operators to clearly identify each vehicle serving the port facilities.

The RFID system will supplement security programs already in place that allow the Port Authority and its terminal operators to know the content of containers coming to and from the port and the identities and backgrounds of the people transporting and handling the cargo. The RFID will require each truck serving the port to be identified through its VIN number and other characteristics to allow port officials to know if it may pose a security risk.

The RFID system also will allow the agency to ensure 100 percent compliance with its Truck Replacement Program, which removes older, dirtier trucks from the road. Currently, the program is monitored by random Port Authority Police Department checks as trucks exit terminal facilities. While this method has identified approximately 400 violations since March 2011, the RFID system will reduce delays and cut costs, while stopping violators prior to their gaining access to the port.

The agency expects the system to be in place by the second quarter of 2013. Once the system is online, all trucks seeking access to the port will be required to have a RFID tag installed.

“Securing our port facilities – the largest on the East Coast – and all our facilities has been the single most important issue for the Port Authority over the past year,” said Port Authority Chairman David Samson. “We have focused our energies, working with the Chertoff Group, on hardening our facilities to improve security for our constituents. This technology will free up police resources and it will also help to reduce the environmental impact of our port commerce by ensuring compliance with our clean truck initiatives.”

“RFID technology is a cost effective and reliable method to seamlessly monitor the approximately 16,000 trucks that access our marine terminals each day,” said Port Authority Vice-Chairman Rechler. “This system will provide a secure and effective way of identifying the trucks that request access to secure areas of our marine terminal facilities.”

“This is an important component of our comprehensive port security program,” said Port Authority Executive Director Pat Foye. “We know what is in the boxes going in and out of the port, we know who is handling the boxes, and now we will know vital information about the trucks serving our port on a daily basis.”

“The Port of New York and New Jersey is the busiest on the East Coast and one of the busiest in the world,” said Deputy Executive Director Bill Baroni. “We take the safety and security of our ports and the region with the utmost seriousness, and this is another level of security.”

The Port Authority and Sustainable Terminal Services, Inc. are each investing $808,875 to implement the RFID system. The remainder of the funds will be provided through a federal grant.

CONTACT: Steve Coleman, 212-435-7777

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