G4S and Digital Barriers announce strategic technology partnership for event security

G4S has entered into a strategic partnership with technology specialist Digital Barriers which will see G4S deploy the company’s ThruVis solution at major UK events in order to protect against the threat from concealed weapons and explosives.

G4S will use ThruVis to provide enhanced security at public and private events to detect potential threats concealed under clothing without disrupting the flow of people. ThruVis is a highly sensitive camera that’s mobile, discreet and rapidly deployable. It has been used effectively by Government agencies around the world and is now being made available in the wider event space for the first time.

Speaking about the strategic partnership, Eric Alexander (managing director at G4S Events) commented: “G4S is embracing cutting edge-technology and working with industry partners such as Digital Barriers in order to provide solutions that protect members of the public from sophisticated and covert threats. G4S is supporting this technology as a unique way in which to secure event venues, significantly enhancing traditional security measures such as metal detectors and baggage checks.”

Alexander continued: “ThruVis provides a higher level of protection and deterrence while reducing queue times and improving the visitor experience. As it’s a passive camera, it does so without any issues of safety or privacy. Given recent events, we see this as an inevitable additional security measure that will rapidly become commonplace.”

G4S secures millions of people every year at prestigious events including the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the Open Golf Championship at St Andrew’s and British Summer Time in Hyde Park, as well as securing events at many larger venues including the ExCeL and The O2 in London’s Docklands.

Zak Doffman, CEO of Digital Barriers, stated: “Our partnership with G4S will help to secure public spaces and event venues globally, providing an additional layer of security that’s not currently in place today. ThruVis has already been used around the world by Government agencies to protect members of the public from acts of terrorism. Now, we hope to extend this to help protect the public from attacks on so-called ‘soft target’ locations.”

Electronic monitoring of offenders

G4S is also supporting the Scottish Government’s recent decision to widen the electronic monitoring of offenders.

An Expert Working Group has recommended an enhanced use of technology to help reduce the prison population and better support the rehabilitation of offenders. This is now to be explored in a series of demonstration projects.

G4S backs Cabinet Secretary for Justice Michael Matheson’s recommendation to explore broadening the use of electronic monitoring in the Scottish Justice System in order to promote the community rehabilitation of offenders and realise fewer short-term prison sentences.

David Byrne, managing director for Monitoring Technologies and Services at G4S, said: “The Scottish Government’s announcement shows that Scotland is leading the way in considering the effective and broader use of electronic monitoring to better support the rehabilitation of offenders. It’s clear that short-term prison sentences are not an effective way of reducing re-offending.”

Byrne added: “Scotland’s progressive work in this area is paving the way internationally for a more effective use of technology to help reduce the prison population and support the reintegration of offenders into local communities.”

Angela Smith, service director for G4S Monitoring Technologies and Services (Scotland), and who was a member of the Expert Working Group, observed: “Electronic monitoring is very flexible and can be used in Scotland to help reduce re-offending and make our communities safer. Its use ensures that those in the criminal justice system continue to contribute towards society. We welcome this decision and will work to support the Scottish Government in gathering further evidence.”

The Scottish Government launched a consultation in September 2013 that looked at the future direction of electronic monitoring in Scotland and an Expert Working Group was set up to produce a report on the matter. Michael Matheson accepts all of the report’s recommendations and, as stated, has committed to a series of demonstration projects designed to test the enhanced use of electronic monitoring to include Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in addition to the technology that’s already in use in Scotland (ie Radio Frequency technology).

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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