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Digifort Technology innovative at the service of operational agility at Brazil’s great Port – The Port of Santos

Enviado por marcelino - 18/12/2013 - Cases, Notícias, Uncategorized

Port of Santos Customs inaugurates the Central de Operações e Vigilância – COV (Operations and Surveillance Center). Pioneering in security and integration at customs precincts, the equipment was designed with technology from Digifort and connectivity from ConsulData

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By Marcelino Silva – marcelino@mscommidia.com.br.

Photos: Marcelino Silva / MSCom Mídia – www.mscommidia.com.br.

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Officials attended the launch of the VOC

September 6, 2012 established a new landmark in the port segment, with the publication of ordinances 228, 229 and 230 by the Federal Revenue Office (FRO). They approve and publish a new port security, control and surveillance model at the Port of Santos, Latin America’s largest. The instruments determine that all customs precincts must deliver at the customs headquarters building, located at the Santos (SP) Historical Center, real time images from their CCTV (closed-circuit television), OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and precision scanners. All of them have to provide a data communication link, computer and video monitor for local supervision by part of Customs agents.

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The ordinances will come into effect in January 2014. In light of this, the terminals have autonomously begun to follow the norms, individually delivering their systems at the set locality. This has given rise to a new operational demand. What would ease the actions by part of federal agents, has actually presented a model that could compromise their activities. In the same room, there would be several systems running software’s, computers and different screens, affecting the verification, control and speed of information. To solve such scenario, the Port of Santos Customs Operations and Surveillance Center (COV) was established, bringing together, in its initial phase, 20 customs precincts by means of integrated technology.

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With support from Customs, technical consulting from the Associação Brasileira de Terminais e Recintos Alfandegados – ABTRA (Brazilian Association of Terminals and Customs Precincts), Digifort software and data connectivity from the integrator ConsulData, the COV was inaugurated in November 19, 2013 after going through consulting, infrastructure and implementation phases during 2013. Representatives from the Armed Forces, business people and public authorities were present at the event which marked the beginning of operations. “We are happy by the effort made by our collaborators, after almost one year of hard work and dedication to the project. We invested R$ 1 million in favor of the federal authority and the security at the Port of Santos”, highlights Antonio Carlos Cristiano, ABTRA’s director.

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Panel with twelve monitors allows the visualization of port areas

According to Richard Neubarth, Division chief of the Port of Santos Surveillance and Customs Control, the COV provides greater agility in the verification of unlawfulness throughout the entire Santos port complex. “Part of the work being done on the field will now be internally done, with the aid of real time cutting edge technology. In this inaugural phase, we already have approximately 1500 cameras working and ten deep-penetration scanners under our supervision. The loading and unloading supervisor and access to the dock areas under federal jurisdiction has gained precision, agility and immediate coverage”.

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For Cleiton Alves dos Santos, Customs chief inspector, besides improving the working conditions for the federal agents, the COV benefits the entire port chain, under the administrative and operational points of view. “We are at the continent’s largest port, comprised by an immense structure. We now have greater control since it is all available for verification in file or in real time. We can view several terminals simultaneously, even if they are distant from each other. In case of suspicion, we can identify the case from a distance and take immediate action. Our server increases productivity, while the customs broker shortens the time needed to release the cargo”.

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Infrastructure With ConsulData’s solutions, in partnership with Digifort, COV’s technology is comprised of a server and twelve 42″ monitors, respecting international standards. This enables the visualization of the images in mosaic and virtual matrix, regardless of the software used by the precincts. “Near 100% of the port terminals in Santos are already using Digifort to monitor their operations. Even so, we convert images from other systems within COV, easing Customs operations in one single platform, since their auditors have already approved the facilities and resources of the new software”, says Carlos Eduardo Bonilha, Digifort’s executive director.

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Besides satisfying the ordinances and provide competitiveness to the port, the project was conceived with technical elasticity, allowing for the increase of users and precincts on the systems. “We work in the design of PIX (Point of Network Interconnection) with modern equipment, made possible by our Data Center’s structure (ConsulData Cloud) and connectivity by radio link, private links and fiber optics. We were able to satisfy the broadband demands and video traffic with the high performance required by the system. With all of this, instead of contacting several terminals, the Revenue Service will hold ABTRA as the single point of communication in regards to COV”, explains Guilherme Passos de Souza, ConsulData’s operations and strategy director.

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Richard demonstrates the system in operation at the opening event

As per the ordinances and the established flow for COV, the precincts are responsible for storing the images (backup and storage) and making them available in real time to Customs. In specific cases, the federal agent requests an image to ABTRA and the entity provides it in a safe and quick fashion with the corresponding terminal. “In dealing with technology, customs bonding, and port security, this is a pioneer project in Brazil. With the indispensable collaboration from our technical staff, support from Customs and the technological partnership with the integrator ConsulData and Digifort software, we were able to create a reference model for the entire country”, celebrates Vander Serra Abreu, ABTRA’s IT manager.

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More information on ABTRA and ConsulData at www.abtra.com.br and www.consuldata.com.br.

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Digifort It is the first Brazilian “IP Surveillance” and digital image storage software. Known in the market as an IP Surveillance System, the product carries advanced resources, equipment and technological solutions for the sectors of digital intelligence, corporate surveillance and urban security. It has over 12 thousand customers worldwide, 200 integrated manufacturers and 3500 licensed camera models. Presently, its platform is continuously developed in Brazil, commercialized in over 100 countries and translated into several languages, making the software one of the best in international market evaluations. More information is available at www.digifort.com.br.

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See photos from this article at the gallery below.

Photos: Marcelino Silva / MSCom Mídia – www.mscommidia.com.br.

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