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Weapon and explosive detection for public events

Digital Barriers : 14 October, 2016  (Application Story)
Digital Barriers signs contract with G4S for the supply of ThruVis weapon and explosive detection systems for event security
Weapon and explosive detection for public events

G4S has entered into a strategic partnership with Aim-listed technology specialist Digital Barriers, which will see G4S deploy the company’s ThruVis product at major UK events to protect against the threat from concealed weapons and explosives.

G4S will use ThruVis to provide enhanced security at public and private events to detect potential threats concealed under clothing without disrupting the flow of people. ThruVis is a highly sensitive camera that is mobile, discreet and rapidly deployable. It has been used effectively by government agencies around the world and is now being made available in the wider event space for the first time.

Eric Alexander, Managing Director, G4S Events commented: “G4S is embracing cutting edge-technology and working with industry partners such as Digital Barriers to provide solutions that protect the public from sophisticated and covert threats. G4S is supporting this technology as a unique way to secure event venues, significantly enhancing traditional security measures such as metal detectors and baggage checks.

“ThruVis provides a higher level of protection and deterrence whilst reducing queue times, improving the visitor experience, and because it’s a passive camera it does so without any issues of safety or privacy. Given recent events we see this as an inevitable additional security measure that will rapidly become commonplace.”

G4S secures millions of people annually at events including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Open championship at St Andrew’s and British Summer Time Hyde Park, as well as securing events at many large venues such as ExCeL and the O2.

Zak Doffman, Chief Executive Officer of Digital Barriers commented: "Our partnership with G4S will help to secure public spaces and event venues globally, providing an additional layer of security that is not in place today. ThruVis has already been used around the world by government agencies to protect the public from acts of terrorism, now we hope to extend this to help protect the public from attacks on so-called soft target locations."

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