Event security: Secure radios help foil football hooligans
Radio network helps coordinate police officers, firefighters and stadium security to avert disaster in this scenario
Put yourself in this scenario ...
A chilly spring breeze blows across the city. There's a buzz in the evening air. Football fans stream into the championship stadium, anticipating the 8:45 p.m. kick-off of the cup final.
The public security team is at full strength and on high alert. Something's up.
In the stadium control centre, a screen shows a camera feed of a small group of men drinking heavily near a car on a side street. A police team closes in and scans the men's ID cards and the vehicle's licence plate, sending the data via secure radio network to the control room.
One member of the group is a wanted hooligan. Police arrest him immediately.
Fifteen minutes into the match, an alert window pops up on the controller's screen. Following a controversial goal, a block of fans inside the stadium starts throwing fireworks.
There's real danger here.
The local dispatcher takes a radio call from a stadium security team member who reports that trouble is brewing. The dispatcher clicks his screen for instant access to the cameras. He sees that the situation is deteriorating fast.
Police officers will deal with the troublemakers, but the fireworks might also injure fans or start a fire. The city needs to coordinate police, firefighters and rescue workers for an emergency response.
They may even need to evacuate the stadium.
Leaping into action
City coordinators are working calmly at their stations when the call comes in. The room begins to buzz when the dispatcher enters "stadium alert" into the CAD system.
Coordinators can see the situation in real time from a giant, wall-mounted screen in the control room.
The dispatcher begins pulling an incident team together using the automatic resource proposal suggested by the CAD system. Discussions fly between the dispatcher and the police, fire and rescue coordinators.
Moving into position
For the police coordinator, the possibility of a stadium evacuation is first on his agenda.
He tells field officers to start setting up designated areas around the stadium. Everyone can see immediately what they need to do using the mapping applications on their vehicle PCs and radio displays.
Back in the control room, the police controller reviews footage from the stadium. He sends pictures of the hooligans to the nearest mobile units, who move in to pick the offenders up.
Inside the stadium, the hooligans have no place to hide. The police officers can identify them quickly and easily using images from the police controller.
Police swiftly arrest and remove the culprits.
Extinguishing the flames
The police controller can now see that the routes to the stadium are clear. Fire and rescue services can start to move in.
The fire coordinator has already mobilised firefighters and trucks. They use their navigation data which ensures they follow the best routes.
Outside, fire trucks start arriving. They locate the nearest hydrants using their built-in mapping systems. Firefighters extinguish the few small flames the fireworks have started before they have a chance to take hold.
Within a few minutes, the situation is under control. The genuine sports fans can continue watching the match, where the action is really heating up.
Thanks to the rapid, coordinated response by emergency services, TV reports that night focus on the drama on the field. Only a few make passing mention of "minor incidents" at the stadium.
As the fans disperse and make their way home, the city starts to relax.
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