Security at events can prove to be a logistical nightmare, especially in a large spectacle such as the current football World Cup in Brazil. However, technology has been playing a significant part in reducing the problems associated with having a sizable gathering of people in one location at any given time.
An integrated management center, using physical security information management (PSIM) software, has been implemented for the World Cup to enable situational awareness as well as manage law and order. This center will also house specially-trained security operators with instant access to real-time videos from hundreds of cameras spread all across the country, especially near stadiums and large public gathering spaces. The center will also work in conjunction with local authorities as well as 24 government agencies.
Additionally, an automated response plan will be put in place, which will hasten both the decision-making process as well as the incident response time—if and when a problematic situation occurs.
The security-centric solution works by making use of “big data” to gather, manage and analyze thousands of hours of live video footage. Through market intelligence and on-field research, the system will check for emerging patterns, behavioral analytics as well as trend recognition.
The center will also have to be prepared for any situation, which can range from shooting incidents to hazardous chemical spills to even severe weather conditions. For example, in the event of a gun shooting incident, a detection sensor would automatically display video from the closest cameras, which would be shown on an operator’s display, instructing the operator to dispatch the closest units based on their GIS locations and simultaneously pushing the video out to the mobile devices of the law enforcement officials.
However, it is not simply the World Cup where this technology will be put to use. Once the event is over, a comprehensive, city-wide solution will be enforced, integrating multiple video surveillance systems connected to hundreds of cameras and sensors. Thus, the technology can also be used in and around public spaces as well as within other significant locations such as banks and financial institutions, hotels, public transportation hubs and city centers.
Further, this solution will analyze social media benchmarks and access control and intrusion detection systems. It will also consider the implications of the technology for incident and security management within certain organizations.
Using this and other technological innovations, the World Cup has so far has been incident-free. Though it remains to be seen how the city-wide operations will run, for now the world can concentrate simply on the football.
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