Mombasa, East and Central Africa’s gateway port is building a Sh1.7 billion security system that will be in operation by March 2013.The state-of-the-art security system is being implemented by M/s Magal Security Systems of Israel.

The project was initiated two years ago as part of the port Mombasa long term conformity with the international Marine time Organization (IMO) standards and in compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.

The hi-tech security systems aim at safeguarding the port from emerging threats of terrorism and pirates. This comes in the wake of importers especially from neighboring countries threatening to withdraw due to rising insecurity.

By beefing up security, Kenya Ports Authority aims at securing trade and growth of Kenya’s economy. The port will be fitted with a closed circuit television (CCTV) with long range day and night surveillance cameras, static pan tilt zoom (PTZ) cameras plus other security elements.

An access control system, which is a biometric reader, will be installed at the gates with the gate equipment-ray and metal detector equipment will also be fitted at the entrances, perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) with 10km smart fence with a locating sensor.

The project is being funded jointly by the government of Kenya and the World Bank. It will also enhance sea surveillance as well as improve screening of containers to check against counterfeit goods, drugs and other illicit cargo.

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