The countdown is underway! Fans are gearing up for the highly anticipated event, and the numerous organizations collaborating to ensure its success are preparing too. From stadium security teams to city departments, local and federal police agencies, and first responders, everyone is focused on keeping everyone safe without compromising the guest experience. The challenge lies in allowing massive crowds to move freely while discreetly monitoring the entire city.
Advanced technologies play a crucial role in enhancing situational awareness for security teams and police agencies. This enables operators to swiftly identify and address threats without fans even noticing. Here are a few examples:
- Team Collaboration: Multiple sites can be monitored from a central control room, and systems can be securely shared with outside agencies. This ensures that every team is on the same page, enhancing response efficiency.
- Ground Surveillance: Security teams utilize a combination of cameras with HD clarity, wide dynamic range, and 360-degree views. They can easily add more temporary cameras to expand coverage, enhancing visibility.
- Total Coverage: Unifying systems like video surveillance, access control, intrusion, and intercom provide teams with a better understanding of their environment. This integrated approach facilitates faster decision-making, contributing to overall security.
In a recent article about securing the event, insights were shared into the dynamic strategies employed to ensure the safety and security of Super Bowl events, reflecting the continuous evolution of security measures. Mark Petito, a consultant for Aecon Global Security Consultants, provides valuable perspectives, stating, ‘NFL stadiums and your major theme parks all have these advanced walkthrough systems. And it’s not just technology, but how we approach security now. You’ll have plain-clothes operatives running around the venue, outside the screening areas, looking for people hiding things or plotting things. And obviously, the camera systems are very advanced. It won’t be cameras just rolling into a feed – they’re going to be actively watched by somebody. If something happens at the stadium, they’re going to see it real time.”