Port Manatee

Bringing security and efficiency to a world-class seaport

Located at the entrance to Tampa Bay along Florida’s Gulf Coast, Port Manatee is one of the state’s largest and fastest growing deep water seaports. Each year, approximately 8 million tons of cargo passes through Port Manatee on its way into and out of the Southeast.

With smart integration and innovative digital tools, Siemens helps one of Florida’s fastest growing ports be more secure and efficient.

  • Robust integrated access control system meets new security regulations and improves port operations

  • Combined access control and command and control solution helps port officials track movement of goods throughout the port

  • Positions Port Manatee for future growth by increasing automation and establishing business-focused workflows

With smart integration and innovative digital tools, Siemens helps one of Florida’s fastest growing ports be more secure and efficient.

The Initial Situation

Bringing security and efficiency to a world-class seaport

The Customer Challenges

Since 9/11, security expenses have grown at an accelerated rate – with the burden falling mainly on the port’s budget. With its ability to create that one-to-one match between port users and cargo, Port Manatee has greater transparency into who is using what service and can recoup more of their own costs.

The Siemens Solution


Port Manatee has advanced over $10 million in security-related project in recent years. Among the most important initiatives was implementation of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) system. Mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act, the TWIC program provides secure credentials for all workers needing to access secure areas of maritime facilities, such as Port Manatee.

When it came time to implement TWIC, Port Manatee was looking to do more than just meet the minimum requirements of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The port’s management team saw this as an opportunity to implement a robust and integrated access control system.

One of the main challenges for Port Manatee was implementing a single solution flexible enough to address the wide range of activities at the port. The ideal system would help port officials track the movement of goods throughout the port, and establish workflows to manage different commodity types and make sure the right cargo was moved in and out properly.

Siemens brought to the table not only industry-leading security technologies, but also extensive experience with deep water seaports. The solutions provided by Siemens combined two key technologies — the SiPass access control system and the Vantage PSIM solution for command and control.

With SiPass, Port Manatee has the access control solution it needs to meet TWIC requirements, raising the level of protection at Port Manatee without impacting the flow of traffic. Siemens Vantage provides a single interface to manage access control and other systems, such as video surveillance and lighting.

Leveraging SiPass and Vantage, Port Manatee has been able to streamline its processes and increase efficiency. More port visitors can be monitored via surveillance instead of costly one-on-one escorts. At one port entrance a fully-automated plaza operation has been enabled, allowing Port Manatee to increase throughput without adding staff. The new integrated system also establishes greater accountability among port employees and users.


"The Siemens system is built around compliance. From the time they come in and tell us what they’re doing, we can track them." - David St. Pierre, Director of Seaport Security Port Manatee


Siemens integrated access control system ensures the 8 million tons of cargo can pass securely and efficiently through Port Manatee each year.




A better way to work

Siemens engineers went beyond integrating security equipment into Vantage. Working with port officials, they developed workflows within Vantage and integrated systems critical to those processes, such as refrigeration systems for perishable items. With SiPass and Vantage, port staff can utilize automation and workflows to better track and manage visitors and port users. The port can do more with less. And, with intelligent workflows established, port operations are completed more efficiently.

Securing the bottom line

Since 9/11, security expenses have grown at an accelerated rate – with the burden falling mainly on the port’s budget. With its ability to create that one-to-one match between port users and cargo, Port Manatee has greater transparency into who is using what service and can recoup more of their own costs.

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