Government Security News January 2017 Digital Edition. Available on the GSN Magazine Website at www.gsnmagazine.com
Louisiana parish protects children in schools with real-time chemical detection technology By George Lane The RFLM (Regional Fence Line Monitor) chemical security network, funded by the State of Louisiana and the Pointe Coupe Parish Police Jury, was demonstrated December 2 at the Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff ’s Office Emergency Operations Center in Louisiana near Baton Rouge. The standoff sensor in RFLM detects and identifies chemicals in real-time from up to 3 miles away from any direction while identifying the source of the release with video surveillance, providing integrated situational awareness and CONOPS. The RFLM chemical security network consists of a fixed standoff chemical detector operating with a video camera, multiple portable chemical detectors, a fixed video camera, and chemical sensor data integrated with local meteorological data at the Pointe Coupe Parish “911” Center. The fixed standoff chemical detector uses an FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) sensor with a video camera. The RAPID (Remote Air Pollution Infrared Detector) chemical detector George Lane in RFLM is produced by Bruker Detection and detects and identifies chemical threats and risks from 3 miles away. Ground level video provides surveillance of RAP- ID as well as security and a PZT-enabled video camera operating on the 300-foot microwave communication tower provides wide area surveillance. Primary critical infrastructure and public health in Pointe Coupee Parish protected by the RFLM chemical security network include Valverda Elementary School, Livonia High School, and residents of the Town of Livonia and surrounding rural areas in Valverda, living adjacent to the Union Pacific Rail Yard, Union Pacific’s second largest rail yard in North America. RFLM uses local wind speed, direction, and concentration to provide location and time of impact of chemical releases. RFLM contacts local citizens and students, faculty, and staff in schools at risk to chemical releases, determining whether to evacuate or “shelter-in-place”. Group text messaging and social media enable real-time response to chemical releases. 6 Current Pointe Coupee Parish School “shelter-in-place” emergency response procedures call for duct tape to be used to completely seal windows and doors to stop chemical releases. However, if students remain in sealed rooms, Carbon dioxide buildup in rooms can become a major threat to health. To mitigate these effects, activated Carbon is added to air conditioner filters operating in “shelter in place” locations to provide protection during extended chemical threats and risks. The RFLM chemical security network was developed by Emergency Response Technology (ERT) and selected “Best Rail Yard Hazmat Monitoring and Detection” and “Best Integration of Cameras, Sensors, Communications for Rail Safety” by Government Security News (GSN) in 2016; (http://gsnmagazine.com/ node/46657?c=airport_aviation_security). ERT’s chemical security network designed for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge was selected as “Best Integrated Harbor Security Program” by GSN in 2015 (pages 58-59); www.yumpu. com/en/document/view/55008535/ the-gsn-2015-digital-yearbook-ofawards.
Operating beneath the I-10 Bridge in Baton Rouge, RAPID’s 3-mile standoff detection and identification range will provide chemical security for the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, the Port Allen lock of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, downtown Baton Rouge, the city of Port Allen, the Placid Refinery in Port Allen, the ExxonMobil refinery in Baton Rouge, and transportation of commerce on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR). ERT’s chemical security network designed for the Port of New Orleans was selected as “Best Integrated 3-mile 3-mile radius radius of of 3-mile radius of RAPID RAPID RAPID operating operating under under I-10 I-10 Bridge Bridge Harbor Security Program” by GSN in 2014. DHS has approved funds for a chemical security network using RAPIDs at the Port of New Orleans that will be operated by the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness. Operating beneath the Crescent City Connection Bridge over the LMR in New Orleans, the 3-mile range of RAPID standoff detection and identification will protect the Port of New Orleans, cruise ships and terminals at the port, trucks transporting commerce at the port, the New Orleans Public Belt rail line at the port, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at the “We’re powered by new challenges. Our experience has made us experts at providing total security solutions.” PHIL BARRETT 8 years • Power/Utility Business Development Our high standards help you meet yours. Providing superior perimeter security solutions is not just our mission. It’s personal. And that mission never stops. AMERISTARSECURITY.COM | 888-333-3422 7
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