NEW YORK -- Carnival inked an agreement with Security
Identification Systems Corp. (Sisco) of Palm Gardens, Fla., to
install its automated personnel assisted security screening
(A-PASS) system aboard Carnival's 14 ships.
The agreement to install an advanced electronic security system
will add a new dimension to shipboard safety, as cruise fleets and
ship size expand rapidly and concern over shipboard security
Sisco will begin installing the system aboard Carnival ships
later this year and expects to complete installation within 18
months, said a Carnival spokeswoman.
A-PASS will enable Carnival to record the identities of all crew
and passengers through electronic photographs, and passenger photos
will be linked to a combination room key/shipboard credit card/ID
Both crew and passengers will swipe their cards at the ship's
gangway whenever boarding or leaving the vessel. Computer terminals
monitored by shipboard personnel will display the cardholder's
photo and other identifying information.
The system also tracks the cardholder's exact time of entry or
departure and enables the vessel to keep an exact record of who is
on board at any time.
The system "tremendously enhances our ability to track exits and
entries to the vessels in addition to speeding the re-boarding
process," said Bob Dickinson, Carnival's president.
A-PASS also enables the line to "easily and quickly transmit
passenger manifests electronically to its home office and federal
agencies," according to Carnival.
Federal monitoring of the cruise industry has reached an
all-time high following this summer's release by Carnival of
statistics showing that crew members were accused of sexual assault
in 108 instances over a five-year period ending last summer.