Thursday, May 27, 2010

CSX, Florida unveil SecureNOW partnership

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CSX Transportation Thursday announced that it has entered into a rail security partnership with the State of Florida that represents a model CSX hopes to use with other states it serves.

Entitled SecureNOW, the partnership formalizes and enhances CSX’s commitment to Florida to share information, resources, and strategies to better protect communities in which the company operates.

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The SecureNOW partnership provides Florida security officials with access to CSX’s Network Operations Workstation (NOW) system. This secure online system, developed and used by CSX, allows security and law enforcement officials to independently track the location of CSXT trains and the contents of rail cars in a nearly real-time environment.

“We're pleased to be the first railroad and private corporation to formalize a security partnership with the Florida Fusion Center,” said CSXT Vice President of Public Safety and Environment Skip Elliott. “This partnership allows CSXT and Florida officials to effectively and seamlessly share information and work side by side to safeguard the communities that we serve.”

SecureNOW becomes another resource in the Florida FusionCenter in Tallahassee, the state capital, where state, federal, and local agencies work together to evaluate and act upon potential security threats, CSX said. The fusion center further enhances law enforcement and homeland security efforts.

“CSXT and the State of Florida are committed tosecuring our citizens, visitors and critical infrastructure,” said TomMcInerney, director of Investigations and Forensic Services with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which oversees the Fusion Center. “This partnership is a model for a collaborative public-private security initiative that we hope to replicate with other industries to better serve our communities.”