Israeli companies ramp up Brazil World Cup security

Brazilian officials are relying on two firms to give a ‘big picture’ on security during the month-long soccer fest

A NICE Situator in action (Photo credit: Courtesy)
A NICE Situator in action (Photo credit: Courtesy)

Israeli companies are supplying Brazil with key security and management technology that officials are counting on to keep the peace during the World Cup soccer tournament, taking place from June 12 to July 13. Twenty four government agencies will be using the NICE Situator to coordinate security, manage thousands of cameras and sensors, and correlate data from behavioral analytics software, social media analysis, access control, and fire and intrusion detection systems. Meanwhile, officials at the new Arena Pantanal in Cuiabal plan to use a similar system produced by the RISCO Group.

Just as at any other mass event, managing safety at the month-long World Cup will require attention, dexterity and nimble responses to issues as they arise, and before they get out of hand. With games set to take place at different venues in multiple stadiums, security officials need a way to effectively deploy personnel as needed. The Situator is designed to help them do that, Brazilian officials said.

NICE is supplying administrators in one of Brazil’s main cities with a system called the Situator, a software system that integrates hardware, including access control systems, video systems, perimeter intrusion sensors, location tracking (RFID, GPS), panic buttons, environmental sensors and communication devices, into one unified platform. The NICE system collects and analyzes data from all these sources, checking location, threat level, incident seriousness and other factors against a pre-configured database of possible incidents. Security personnel will have instant access to real-time video from hundreds of video cameras, should an incident occur.

When the system determines what kind of incident is taking place, such as a fire in the stands of a crowded stadium, the Situator will immediately produce a plan and coordinate forces to implement it. The system will tell police, firefighters and rescue workers how many staff are needed, where they need to go and what they need to do when they get there. With a coordinated plan, authorities will be able to step in immediately alleviate the problem. Instructions are beamed out to devices used by members of the teams.

The RISCO system is similar, designed for use in buildings and venues. Officials plan to utilize the RISCO access control solution, which is to be incorporated into the platform and centrally controlled from the Arena Pantanal’s main command and control room, to secure the hundreds of doors and turnstiles inside the arena and provide protection from unauthorized entry and counterfeit tickets. Inside the stadium, the Command and Control solution will enable officials to control other systems, including hundreds of security IP cameras deployed in the stadium and its surroundings, lighting systems, gates, and the PA system.

“We are honored to have been selected to provide the security solutions for the Arena Pantanal for the 2014 World Cup and thereafter,” said Michael Isakov, managing director of RISCO Security Management Solutions. “Our professional teams have been working together with the System Integrator, to ensure that all integrated systems work together seamlessly and efficiently to assure a successful and safe mega event.”

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