In just two years the best soccer players in the world will migrate to Brazil for the highly anticipated 2014 World Cup. The mega-event is expected to bring thousands of soccer enthusiasts from around the world. For years Brazil has boasted the best players in the game – (Pele, Garrincha, Ronaldo, Ronaldhino, and Kaká) – but come 2014 they’re hoping to boast a security plan that works.

Brazil’s Justice Minister José Eduardo has promised, “the 2014 World Cup will be a very safe event.” But how do they plan to deliver on this promise in a country where anti-terror laws don’t exist – meaning suspects can not be deemed terrorists. Ever since 9/11 it is crucial for mega-event security-planners to understand that sub-national or private groups have the ability to produce threats on a scale that was previous thought to be reserved for an entire nation-state. According to Olympic security expert, Peter Ryan, security planners for events of this magnitude must consider scenarios, “that would sound bizarre and outlandish to non-security experts.” 9/11 forces them to focus on the fact that  “if terrorists could mount an attack like that, we would have to plan for every contingency,” they must, “think the un-thinkable.”

So what is Brazil’s plan to think the un-thinkable? José Ricardo Botelho, head of the Special Secretariat for the Security of Large Events, feels the key is integration and detection, “the country does not need to create anything new, but just to integrate its existing tools.” Brazil is actively training 53,000 public safety professionals in three categories: experts, multipliers, and operators. There will also be assistance from the armed Forces and Civil Defense. Not to mention that Brazil has already sent documents to the United States, Germany, England, Holland, South Africa, Poland, and Argentina requesting information about terrorists, “troublemakers” and hooligans. The hope, says Boetlho, is to create an interdiction between Brazil and potential problems before they have a chance to start, “We want to work proactively rather than defensively; hence the importance of technology. We are linking everything so that when a person fitting this profile applies for a visa, for example, we will already have the first barrier in place. But in the case of a country for which an entry visa is not required, when the person gets to our borders he or she will not be allowed into Brazil. But what if he or she does? We are working with state-of-the-are equipment to identify these people. We do not want them among us.”

What equipment is the Boetlho speaking of?

He is talking about the Ex-Eye – Robo-Cop style glasses with a built in facial-recognition software. They will be issued to Brazil’s military police. The cameras will be able to recognize 400 facial images per second and immediately detect criminals. These images will be sent to a database that will be able to store up to 13 million mugshots at a time. The small camera mounted on the glasses will be able to identify 46,000 points on a human face so there’s small chance of confusion. In addition to this he also has Anti-bomb groups monitoring all work, up to delivery, in order to ensure that there are no explosives, drugs or other contraband hidden inside of pillars or foundations.

As you can imagine acquiring security equipment such as the Ex-Eye can get expensive. The estimated security budget for the 2014 World Cup is $1.7 billion. Just 12 years ago, the 2000 Sydney games security expenditures cost over $1.5 billion less. Why the rapid increase? The cost of security is climbing so dramatically for the exact reason Ryan mentioned earlier. It is now common knowledge that any terrorist group trying to make a statement can do so on colossal levels. So although $1.7 billion may sound like a lot of money, it’s a minimal price to pay when thousands of lives are at stake.

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

CSECO in Brazil

Cambell/Harris Security Equipment Company knows all about the security efforts in place for the 2014 World Cup and recently visited Brazil to showcase their CT-30 Contraband Team Detection Kit which includes their famous K910B Buster Contraband Detector. Headed by CEO Tony Harris, CSECO has been actively fighting to eradicate the supply of illegal drugs that damage communities and diminish the loss of life from transport of dirty bombs, explosives, and illegal weapons since 1984.

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