and updated regularly because old-style cards can
easily be cloned or copied. “Another thing to be aware
of is which vehicles are entering the stadium,” she adds.
“We’re looking at license plate recognition combined
with access control technology because the vehicle is a
huge problem on its own, so combining the technology
is important. We also need to figure out who has access
and where, because of incidences when people enter
stadium by doors that might not be used regularly.
Stopped and searched
Metal detectors have played a big role in stadium
security and a new generation provides guest
screening at the outer perimeter of sites to prevent
active bombers and/or shooters entering the facility.
“This area is where there’s a lower concentration of
spectators, with the focus on the detection of masscasualty
weapons and other large mass-casualty
metallic threats,” says Luca Cacioli, CEO at CEIA
USA, a division of metal detector manufacturer
CEIA. “Models such as our 02PN20-LFA screens
individuals and their personal belongings
automatically without the need for the divesting of
personal items or bag inspection.”
Public event security screening needs to be simple,
fast and highly effective every time. “We consider
how to achieve maximum throughput of individuals
given by the lowest nuisance alarm rate NAR
because we do not want security personnel distracted
by false alarms for non-threat items,” says Cacioli.
“Walk-through metal detectors in particular can
provide faster guest screening than by using handheld
devices. And unlike other solutions that rely
on user interpretation, metal detectors provide a
quick yes or no alarm or answer.
“In addition, thanks to up to 60 pinpointing zone
locations for its walk-through metal detectors, the
security team can also know where the threat item
is located on the guest to speed up secondary
screening,” he adds.
As well as the technology, Cacioli highlights
training as a major tool that has benefited stadium
and security staff: “CEIA USA provides full
operational and technical training support by
certified personnel either at the company’s facility
or at the customer location.”
There is, after all, no point having the tools if you
don’t have instructions on how to use them –
especially when the safety of thousands is at stake. n
(Above) More advanced metal
detectors can quickly screen
visitors at a venue without the
need for a bag search
A STEP TO QATAR
Almost every aspect of the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be new,
including location, time of year played, and cost (at an estimated
US$220bn, it dwarfs the US$11.6bn spent in Brazil in 2014.
The approach to security seems to rely on collaborations
between existing agencies and organisations. The Qatar 2022
team has sought guidance from International Police Organisation
(Interpol) the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) and
the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The deal with
NATO saw the Emir of Qatar and the Secretary-General of NATO
sign an agreement on military and security cooperation and
promote international peace and security – something that is
seen as a challenge in that part of the world.
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