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Scoring One For Security

By Megan Gates

In addition, the integration allows the emergency evacuation system to be integrated into the communication system within the stadium. The communication system is not only used to announce plays within the match, but also to com­municate emergency information in a crisis.

Another key part of Maracanã’s secu­rity is the access control system that restricts areas of the stadium reserved for stadium staff, FIFA personnel, and athletes. This system is from Lenel and is equipped with 165 doors that require badges—25 of which require fingerprint authentication to access rooms with higher levels of security—all of which are run over the IP system. It’s also tied into the intrusion detection system, which has 127 different sensors throughout Maracanã to alert security staff to a breach.

Prosegur also installed an access control system from SKIDATA for visitor areas. It has more than 190 turnstiles as well as handheld readers that staff members use to scan tickets. The system is also designed to operate online and offline, allowing people to enter and exit Maracanã even if the stadium loses power.

A year before each World Cup, FIFA traditionally requires the host country to hold the Confederation Cup to test its ability to handle the number of people expected to attend the event and to make sure that the facilities are up to scratch. Complying with the standard, Brazil hosted the Confederation Cup in June 2013 and, while its team took home the grand prize, Maracanã’s security still needed some work.

Approximately 70,000 people at­tended the final of the cup at Maracanã, and after operating all of its systems with a test crowd, Croso said Prosegur had to make some final updates to the security system. “We had to better calibrate the communication efforts, and the system, perhaps including an additional switch here and there to make sure that things were working perfectly,” he explains.

This included analyzing the traffic flow in the network. Prosegur improved the configuration of the policies for quality of service to enhance the performance of the wireless area network (WAN). The WAN was also expanded to administrative areas of the stadium, and some of the field loudspeaker locations for the PA system were also moved for “ideal coverage,” Croso says.

In addition to communication sys­tems changes, Prosegur also added cameras to cover some of the “sensitive areas where the original cameras did not provide ideal visualization” and relocated some of the turnstiles that ticketholders will pass through, after studying how fans entered the stadium for the Confederation Cup, Croso explains.

Prosegur also tested each of the subsystems to make sure they were functioning properly. “It was good to understand where the integration perhaps required some smoothing out,” Croso says. “We passed the test, and regardless of the requirements, we might do some additional calibration. But it was very useful to make sure that we’re ready for more games, more events, which will take place in July 2014.”

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