Modern technology helps tighten up event security

August 2006 CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring

As the world reflects on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the UK, it is time to reflect on how far we have really moved to protect our clients when live events are planned. In the case of live events, obviously efficient weapon detection units installed at entrances to stadia, buildings and arenas are essential. It cannot be stressed just how important it is for security staff to be properly trained and to take their job seriously. Anyone who has recently travelled through any US airports will know what real security is all about. The security staff members are extremely conscientious about their jobs. Unfortunately anyone who has been vetted by a local security guard using a handheld detector will immediately know the difference. It is enough to send a cold chill through your spine when you see that no one is stopped, even though the detector beeps constantly.

Most people were astounded at the speed in which the perpetrators were identified and traced in the UK. The modern technology that provided video pictures of train and bus passengers as well as passers-by in the street were a major key element in the crime detection process. There is no question that pictures of people entering an event can assist in any future investigation should there be an incident.

Although terrorism is at the forefront of everyone's mind, traditional problems which include pickpocket gangs and violence are more likely to be the problem. In an environment such as competitive international soccer, crowd violence could become commonplace in many countries. Some countries even fence-in sections of the grandstands to protect both players and supporters.

Video Domain has developed two different products to assist with event security. The first is the award-winning MemoCam range designed for just such applications. Units are available that can snap up to 200 000 individual pictures in a miniature unit that contains the built-in DVR and camera. The unit can be set up to take an individual picture of each and every person entering the stadium or event as they pass through the weapon detection units. A quick download procedure and the pictures are ready to be e-mailed around the world or checked on local databases.

The second system is the Neteye remote video monitoring system. These portable CCTV systems can be set up wherever the security head wants live monitoring. Using the GSM network, these temporary systems are quick and easy to install.

The award winning MemoCam range, which won security industry awards at both Ifsec and SIA, as well as the Neteye systems are available from Emergency Reaction Services.

For more information contact Nadine Maram, Emergency Reaction Services, +27 (0) 11 234 6000, info@ersos.co.za, www.emergencyreaction.com



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