Israeli firm plans to make 2016 Rio Games a ‘technology hotbed of Israeli security solutions’
An Israeli company has been awarded the tender to plan and coordinate the security concept for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion, the IsraelDefense magazine reported Wednesday.
International Security & Defence Systems (ISDS), a multi-national security company based in Nir Zvi, Israel with subsidiaries around the world, will act as a consultant as well as supply the security systems for the games.
“As seen in the media around the world, the security in Brazil is a challenge,” Ron Shafran, the vice president of ISDS, told IsraelDefense. “All teams are working on preparing the sector, from constructing a security concept to constructing the technological systems to be installed in the facilities of the competitions and all the logistical facilities, located in Rio and in four other regions throughout Brazil.”
The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held from August 5 to August 21, 2016 at 35 competition venues across Rio de Janeiro.
Shafran told IsraelDefense the company aims to “integrate Israeli and international technologies that address the specific issues – from intelligence to perimeter security, crowd control and so forth. It will be a technology hotbed of Israeli security solutions.”
ISDS has previously planned a number of mega events such as the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, the 2002 Winter Olympics in Beijing, and the 2010 FIFA Worldcup in South Africa. It also worked with the United Nations, the US Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the President of the United States.
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