Boeing has activated its Watchstander Integrated Security Solutions network along the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pa. to help first responders detect threats to infrastructure, the company announced Wednesday.
“Boeing Watchstander allows us to fully integrate land and maritime awareness with emergency response to ensure our key resources are secured, monitored and protected,” said Delaware County council chairman Tom McGarrigle.
The system provides 24-hour surveillance, detection, identification and recognition using an advanced suite of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance sensors and systems.
Boeing designed, tested and installed the system under a $4.4 million contract. The company is also responsible for training law enforcement and emergency service personnel for its use.
“We’re proud to partner with the Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Office of Emergency Services and other regional stakeholders to address critical infrastructure protection challenges with innovative and affordable solutions that can be adapted to a variety of environments,” said Mike Hettmann, director of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and force protection for Boeing electronic & mission systems.
The Watchstander enables local, state and regional law enforcement personnel and first responders to share information for real-time situational awareness on a 14-mile stretch of the Delaware River, including the Commodore Barry Bridge, Marcus Hook and Hog Island.
“There are more than 10 critical resources in this area that need the top-level security that Watchstander provides, including refineries that supply almost 80 percent of the petroleum needs for the northeastern United States,” McGarrigle added.