International events like the Olympics, World Cup, or Grand Slam tennis tournaments present unique security challenges, as the risk associated with an attack at these events escalates from local to international impact. In preparation for global gatherings such as the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics – both to be hosted by Brazil – law enforcement agencies are faced with the tremendous task of securing the safety of hundreds of thousands of spectators in a variety of complex and challenging scenarios.
The scale of security measures required in these events is astounding. This year in London, the home of the 2012 Summer Olympics, more U.K. troops (approximately 13,500) will be deployed than are currently at war in Afghanistan, and the total physical security force has been estimated to end up anywhere between 24,000 and 49,000. Overall security costs are predicted to surge to $843 million this year, and even that is likely to be an underestimate – the final security budget of the 2004 Athens Olympics totaled more than $1.5 billion.
Sharing ideas, best practices, and lessons learned among public safety leaders is critical to developing the solutions we need to protect global citizens – which is one reason we’re looking forward to participating in the upcoming LAAD Public and Corporate Security International Exhibition, taking place April 10-12 in Rio de Janeiro.
LAAD is the premier event for the Latin America public and corporate security industry, bringing together Brazilian and international companies that specialize in providing equipment, services and technology for armed forces, police chiefs, special forces and corporate security managers to address the industry’s most important issues. Preparing national security forces for global events like the World Cup and the Olympics – and continuing to manage public safety throughout such large-scale events – will be among the critical topics discussed by LAAD’s attendees and panelists.
2012 marks the first time that Microsoft will attend the LAAD conference, and several of our national security partners will be with us there this year as well. Please visit us at Stand 09A, near the U.S. Pavilion, to see some really exciting demos and learn more about our unique public safety solutions. Joining us will be:
Advantage Factory: Advantage Factory is a Microsoft partner and winner of the 2010 Innovation Partner of the Year for their work in public safety. The company designed and developed Fusion Core Solution, a Microsoft intelligence management solution for intelligence, law enforcement and other public safety agencies, and has worked with customers throughout North America, the Caribbean and Latin America.
NC4: NC4 revolutionizes how government and businesses collect, manage, share and disseminate information to mitigate risks, manage incidents, and securely communicate and collaborate with one another. Their situational readiness solutions provide organizations with a common operating picture to support continuity of operations.
Modularis: Modularis will be there to share how they accelerate innovation in public safety by offering solid, cutting-edge solutions that deliver an unbeatable combination of power, flexibility and value. They will demo the Modularis Vehicle Platform (MVP) a highly flexible and connected in-vehicle video solution that delivers capabilities far beyond that of a simple DVR. MVP provides AVL, real-time video streaming and remote control capabilities, and integrates with in-vehicle systems such as lights, sirens, brakes, radar, LIDAR, GPS, license plate recognition, Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) and records management systems. In addition, they will also showcase their Modularis Criminal Investigation System (MCIS), a powerful and sophisticated case and evidence management solution built specifically for the unique needs of large criminal investigation agencies.
Twisted Pair: Twisted Pair, the recognized leader in critical communications, will be in attendance to highlight how WAVE® software empowers mobile workforces with critical communication applications for secure, real-time collaboration on any device, on any network and from any location. WAVE also extends Microsoft unified communications with embedded components for Microsoft Lync Server and Microsoft SharePoint Server, allowing users to participate in critical communications from their desktop experience.
Agentto: Agentto is a high-tech venture created by a unique blend of talent, competence and expertise as well as the contact with state-of-the-art technology, academic research, business environment, and real-life problems. They will be demoing their mobile application for personal safety, as well as the use of Kinect for public safety.
Finally, Microsoft's Global Security Operations Center experts will be on hand to demonstrate how Microsoft secures its 700+ buildings in 108 countries and more than 160,000 employees and contractors throughout the world, showcasing the way that technology products and solutions come together to protect the safety of critical infrastructure and people.
We look forward to seeing you at the event and talking more about the needs and creative uses of technology in the public safety community in Latin America and Brazil. Obrigado!
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