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High technology stadium protection at Counter Terror Expo

Counter Terror Expo : 20 November, 2008  (Technical Article)
Counter Terror Expo in London will showcase the latest event protection technology to be used at the 2012 Olympic Games
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The ubiquitous pat down may soon become a thing of the past as new technology emerges in the stadium security arena. This is the likely outcome from plans to make the 2012 Olympic Games the most secure in the history of the Olympiad.
Security for the 2012 Olympic Games and the technology behind it will feature extensively at the forthcoming Counter Terror Expo, to be held at the QEII Conference Centre, London, February 10-11, 2009.

Biometric fingerprint and iris scan technologies are likely to stand alongside state-of-the-art sensing solutions and high-end closed circuit television monitoring as the backbone to an all encompassing security architecture designed to deter those who would wish to cause harm at the Olympics.

Of all of the technologies likely to be utilised to ensure the security of the Games, advanced remote sensing is the solution that could deliver a step change in how sport and venue security is accomplished in the future. These passive and non-contact devices offer security staff the ability to screen people at various stand-off distances up to 25 metres away for concealed metallic and non-metallic objects.
The capability of such remote sensing solutions is such that images of concealed explosives, liquids, weapons, plastics, ceramics and narcotics, can be readily rendered regardless of whether the target subject is still or moving, thus making them ideal for sport and venue security.

Advanced remote sensing has already been utilised at other high profile events including the 2007 America's Cup, which was held in Spain.

The challenge for the 2012 Olympic planners is not only to secure the Games, but to ensure that lessons are learned that will benefit future UK sporting or other events.

This doesn't mean that every venue will feature the levels of security afforded the Olympic locations in the years to come. Commonsense dictates that a balanced approach to security is taken, in which a realistic risk assessment is supported by effective intelligence and a degree of physical protection, that safeguards people and property as part of the security mix.

It does mean that many of the new innovative technological solutions deployed to turn the 2012 Olympic Games into the Fortress Olympics may be coming to stadia near you soon.

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