The economic importance of ports worldwide cannot be underestimated as thousands of valuable cargo flow in and out of ports every day. That is why for some countries a port is also referred to as the economic heart of the country. In recent years, port security has become increasingly important as ports are prone to terrorist attacks and other types of crime. From the beginning of the 21st century, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) imposed stricter regulations for sea-going vessels and port facilities, like terminals. In recent years these regulations have expanded an now impose:

  • Security of vessels and terminals.
  • Security of vital assets concerning the climate, economy, and population.
  • Security of cargo.

Without proper security measures terrorist attacks, theft, and vandalism could have a big negative impact on personnel and valuable cargo in the port, but more importantly, could have a devastating effect on the economy of a country. Sensurity takes into account these regulations and can provide specialized perimeter security solutions to ports and shipping terminals. Our advanced microwave detection systems have proven to meet unique needs of port facilities where protection over water, under heavy weather conditions, and without lighting will not impose any problems to the detection capability of our systems.

Case Study Amsterdam ferry terminal


The problem

A ferry terminal at Amsterdam Port was coping with small boats entering the terminal where not given permission. Therefore it was looking for a perimeter security solution over water where smaller unauthorized boats would trigger an alarm and larger permitted ferry boats would be able to enter the terminal without any problems.

Project requirements

The required solution was a perimeter intrusion detection system that could be deployed over water and would trigger an alarm when small boats entered the terminal but not when larger ferry boats would enter the terminal. Besides, the system had to be capable of ignoring tidal movement from passing boats, sea animals, and weather circumstances like fog to prevent false alarms from going off.

Our approach

First of all, we analysed the site from a Google Maps perspective where we measured the size of the water segment to be protected which was 98 meters. Once at the site, we collected data from surrounding sites, including the proposed installation site and developed a specific algorithm for the port. In this the algorithm had to: 1. Alarm when a small boat entered the terminal, 2. Not alarm when a large ferry boat would enter the terminal, 3. Not alarm as a cause of tidal movement, and 4. Not alarm as a result of passing sea animals.

Solution for the client

After taking into account the project requirements the most suitable product was ought to be our HALO microwave intrusion detection system. The system including a transmitter and receiver was deployed on the site and was the best fit for this application because competitive products like active infra-red or cctv could not withstand weather conditions and were not able to differentiate intrusion types.


The HALO system has proven to be the optimal solution for this type of application and authorities have opted to permanently install the system. Ever since, the system has proven to work excellent where weather conditions, water and sea animals do not impose any problems.