FREEPORT, Texas - Oct. 2, 2006 - CIBER, Inc. (NYSE: CBR) today announced its Federal Solutions Division has been awarded the Port Freeport, Texas, Waterside Perimeter Protection Project, valued at $2.3 million. Port Freeport chose CIBER's Harbor Management and Security (HMS) solution to fulfill its unique needs for a shared system for regional port users. The system delivers both a port security, port safety, Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) and a port management system, all rolled into one integrated solution.
"CIBER's Harbor Management Security (HMS) system was chosen over the other competitors because of its unique design and approach," said Al Durel, Port Freeport's Director of Operations. "The system can do as much for Port Freeport's business operations and management of the port as it does to improve both safety and security within the port. We felt CIBER's system was far above the others we evaluated because of its unique multi-mission capabilities and integrated design. It is the only system we have seen that gives us a state-of-the-art shared regional waterside perimeter security solution for the region's facilities in one integrated system. The system simultaneously provides us the technology and business process improvements to keep up with the significant growth in Port Freeport's commerce."
The Port Freeport contract is significant in part because the port is adding large new liquid natural gas (LNG) facilities which will soon be in operation. Dow Chemical, BASF and other petrochemical companies operate facilities in the port, and they will benefit from the shared system CIBER will implement.
Earlier this year, CIBER completed a similar integrated multi-mission maritime system for the Port of Lake Charles, La., the largest LNG port in the U.S. That system was the first of its kind that offered a shared, multi-mission, integrated technological and business approach to protecting a port region and providing a type of Maritime Domain Awareness for a large region comprising hundreds of users across dozens of local, state, federal and private organizations.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also implemented a national maritime security project using CIBER's HMS system in the last year.
"Port Freeport's goal with the new port security system is to provide one integrated and shared regional system that capitalizes on our existing technologies," said Port Freeport's Security Manager Rick Benavidez. "The current video surveillance system and wireless network will be integrated with CIBER's new technologies, such as intelligent radar; three modes of secure command and control (C2) situational displays (for command centers, mobile patrol boats, and authorized web based external users), automatic identification system (AIS) base stations, patrol boat tracking, interoperable communications, and web services to form one shared regional common operating picture. All this, coupled with the many other data management and data / sensor fusion, alert distribution, and post incident replay and analysis features within our new HMS system from CIBER will be shared across local, state, and federal agencies in the port region."
Benavidez added, "First responders, the port's public and private facilities, pilots, and other approved entities can benefit from information provided by the system, too. In the last two rounds of port security grants, the Department of Homeland Security has focused on Maritime Domain Awareness and waterside perimeter security. The HMS system meets and exceeds the objective outlined by DHS."
"CIBER prides itself on dedicating our people and resources to contribute to enhancing our nation's port security. At the same time, we provide a mature, integrated design that leverages the same technology to make a single port or groups of ports more competitive and to ready these ports for the huge growth in commercial activity all ports will be experiencing in the coming decades," said Wally Birdseye, President of CIBER's Federal Solutions Division. "We are proud to have been selected over so many high-powered competitors for this project and will stand by Port Freeport as a partner to make their vision a reality."
Port Freeport is the 13th largest port in the U.S. in foreign cargo tonnage, and 23rd in the U.S. in total tonnage, accommodating 33.9 million tons of cargo per year. It employs more than 11,000 people and has an economic impact on the region of more than $9 billion annually.
About CIBER, Inc.
CIBER, Inc. (NYSE: CBR) is a pure-play international system integration consultancy with superior value-priced services for both private and government sector clients and a dedicated Maritime Systems Practice and team. CIBER's global delivery services are offered on a project or strategic staffing basis, in both custom and enterprise resource planning (ERP) package environments, and across all technology platforms, operating systems and infrastructures. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo., the company now serves client businesses from over 60 U.S. offices, 20 European offices and 4 offices in Asia. Operating in 18 countries, with 8,000 employees and annual revenue of nearly $1 billion, CIBER and its IT specialists continuously build and upgrade clients' systems to "competitive advantage status." CIBER is included in the Russell 2000 Index and the S&P Small Cap 600 Index. CIBER, ALWAYS ABLE. www.ciber.com