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May 7, 2003

Oakland awards $4.75 million security contract
The Port of Oakland has awarded a $4.75 million maritime security enhancement contract to Florida-based ADT Security Services, Inc., a unit of Tyco Fire & Security.The contract is being funded through a 2002 seaport security grant from theTransportation Security Administration.

ADT will install an integrated security system using advanced technology to assist the port in its overall security assessment and improvement program.

The contract calls for a comprehensive system design: automated access control, video surveillance, perimeter intrusion detection, as well as an integrated communications infrastructure. The design is 100 percent complete for two of the marine terminals and installation is scheduled to begin immediately.

Working with another Tyco International unit, Earth Tech, Inc., ADT engineered the communications infrastructure using encrypted wireless technologies. A wireless network eliminated the need for 31 miles of trenching and attendant interruptions of terminal operations thus saving millions of dollars in labor and expense.

"By value engineering the project, ADT and Earth Tech created a solution that fit the Port's budget and still allows it to accomplish security goals consistent with federal Homeland Security initiatives," said Mike Snyder, president of ADT Security Services, Inc.

"We are committed to the use of innovative wireless technologies to help us improve our security operations in a fiscally responsible manner," said Jerry Bridges, director of the Port's Maritime Division.

The integrated security management technology will provide terminal operators for the 10 port terminals included in the contract with firewalled, password-protected command and control capabilities through a web-enabled remote management system. This creates the ability to rapidly share video and data with local, state and federal enforcement agencies that have police jurisdiction over the Port of Oakland, including the U.S. Coast Guard, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and local law enforcement agencies (California Highway Patrol, Alameda County Sheriff's Department, and the Oakland Police Department).

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