- Published on Tuesday, 26 February 2013 12:08
Delivering a safe and secure major sporting event is a complex and challenging task; with numerous competition venues spread over a range of sites, hosting thousands of athletes and spectators, all requiring an appropriate level of protection for the duration of the sporting schedule. Each venue demands bespoke security measures that not only physically secure the perimeter but are easily and effectively integrated, providing an extensive intelligence network which feeds the event’s command and control centres. Consideration, too, must be paid to the resilience of the security solution against a diversity of threats, from severe weather conditions to cyber-crime, vandalism and intrusion.
Specialising in the deployment of ‘smart’ solutions, secure communications and surveillance systems for the management of major events and critical infrastructures, the recent unification of Finmeccanica businesses –to form Selex ES – has highlighted the Group’s growing commitment to the civil security domain. Selex ES’ newly established Security and Smart Systems division is already actively dedicated in pursuing business in the security of civil infrastructures and major events, including support to Scotland’s ambitions to be a key player in future international sporting events, such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Youth Games.
Selex ES designs and delivers networked security solutions to safeguard territories, urban environments, critical national infrastructures, major events, and vulnerable areas. Its approach, driven by a focus on effective risk management, combines robust process, smart technology and engineering excellence.
Mike Bradshaw, UK lead for security & smart systems division, Selex ES, said: “Thanks to our consolidated experience, we recognise that the security of major events is not confined to the boundaries of sophisticated threats such as organised crime and terrorist attacks; natural disasters such as earthquakes and flooding are an ever present threat in the disruption of critical infrastructures and important events. We employ the latest technologies in our range of integrated security systems which are offered at every level for the security of citizens, land and infrastructure against threats from natural disasters and voluntary action.”
As part of the company’s continued support to the Department of Civil Protection in Italy, Selex ES played a significant role in disaster recovery following the 2009 L’Aquila earthquake, in establishing a mobile Management Command and Control Centre for aid operations. This included sourcing computer equipment and software dedicated to various functional areas of the Department of Civil Protection, restoring communications, integrating systems, and 24-hour technical support to all services. Beyond the technical contribution, Selex ES and parent company, Finmeccanica, established collection centres for clothing and food, and a solidarity fund providing financial assistance to those affected.
In parallel, Selex ES managed the safeguarding of the G8 Summit which not only required design, integration and implementation of the co-ordination centre and sub-systems, but the relocation of the entire integrated security solution and command centres from Le Maddalena, Sardinia, to L’Aquila, Abruzzo, just a few weeks prior to the event. Quoted at the time, Guido Bertolaso, head of the civil protection department, commented that the combination of technology and services delivered by Selex ES “provides exceptional support for the activities that are crucial for the success of the G8 meeting in L’Aquila”.
Continuing the success, Selex ES has been announced as the technology partner at Milan’s Expo 2015 for the Safe City and Main Operation Centre platform, supplying goods, services and infrastructure. In this, Selex ES will be designing and delivering an open architecture solution for the surveillance, protection, command and control of the exhibition site, pavilions and related infrastructures; and, building upon their cyber and information management expertise, delivering a network of secure communications and data exchange.
As a local employer in Scotland for more than 60 years, electronics and information technologies company Selex ES, currently provides jobs for over 2,000 people and work for in excess of 120 local suppliers. The company’s heritage dates back to GEC Marconi of Glasgow, which merged with Ferranti in 1990 and saw avionic operations shift to the already established Crewe Toll site in Edinburgh, where it remains today. In support of Scottish Enterprise and NDI, Selex ES recently joined a number of other major UK industry players committed to bringing £25bn of new opportunities to Scotland’s small businesses.