Cruise to Compliance With Traka /Other/Trakacom/USA/Images/Blog%20Images/Cruise-Ships2.jpg Access Control Security For Cruise Ships What do you get when you put a hotel inside of an airport? From a security standpoint, a cruise ship. Cruise ships need to incorporate the same security measures as a hotel to keep guests and public areas safe and secure, along with measures similar to an airport in keeping track of boarding passes, baggage and thousands of travelers. It is reported that on average 12-15 million passengers board cruise ships in America each year, and the right processes must be in place in order to provide them a safe journey. In 2010 President Obama passed the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act, which mandated tighter controls on keys and stateroom access for cruise ships to improve guest safety. Regarding key controls, the act states: Section 3507(a)(1)(C) requires that for any vessel, the keel of which is laid after July 27, 2010, each passenger stateroom and crew cabin must be equipped with security latches and time-sensitive key technology. Section 3507(f) requires vessel owners to establish procedures for identifying crewmembers who have access to passenger staterooms and for limiting that access. The proposed regulation requires an addendum or memo listing all crewmembers with stateroom access as well as procedures and restrictions to stateroom access. Traka Is Here to Help Traka has been helping many of the world's largest cruise lines reliably and effectively comply with these standards for many years, while bringing total visibility, better control, and improved processes around the use of keys and access badges on board. Our solutions offer cruise ships the opportunity to secure, store and regulate keys and access badges to help keep guests and employees safe. Traka key cabinets record every key and user transaction, providing a complete audit trail and allowing administrators to monitor all user activity. Each employee is uniquely identified through PIN, access badge or biometrics to ensure no unauthorized users have access to important keys. Centralized activity reporting with email notifications and alarms can instantly alert administrators or managers should a key not be returned on time. Keys can be allocated to specific users at specific times, and custom access rules, such as double or triple authorizations, can be set as needed. Benefit From The Ease of Integrations An integration with Fidelio or A-PASS through our API can provide an added layer of protection, essentially preventing staff from leaving the ship when a key is in his/her possession. This is especially detrimental in the cruise industry, as a costly rekey is mandated should a critical key be taken off board. With passengers and crew boarding and disembarking at every port, the same security procedures must be followed each time. That means as many as 4,000 passengers and crew having to go past a baggage x-ray, an archway metal detector, body checks, and a swipe card reader. Integrations can help with the management of complex security processes. By using an existing third-party database, ships can set up users and access permissions, instantly change individual user permissions based on employment roles, or even suspend all user access in the event of a security breach. Custom automated rules can generate actions, notifications or access restrictions based on the status of important keys, keeping them secure and accounted for. To learn why Traka is trusted by some of the world’s biggest cruise lines, and to find out how Traka can promote safety, security and accountability on your ships, contact us today!