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Super Surveillance

Whether your profession is football or security, there’s no larger stage than the Super Bowl. In an industry exclusive, SSI goes behind the scenes of Super Bowl XLIV to analyze the security plan for the big game.

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“The stadium is going to have intensive security checks as fans enter. Women can bring in their purses but there are no umbrellas, no backpacks, etc.,” says Villalobos, who worked with the NFL on previous Super Bowls in Miami. “All delivery trucks will be thoroughly searched and their drivers screened.”

That truck screening area will be equipped with three Sony cameras to capture license plates and an overview of the parking area.

“We are going to set up a command bus in the Public Safety Village this year,” says Villalobos. “The fire department is setting up a compound for agencies providing assistance to the fire and police departments.”

Ultimately, some instances of drunk and disorderly conduct, fights, theft and the like have to be anticipated in and around a scene such as the Super Bowl. However, the enacted measures should keep them to a minimum and lessen their severity. Beyond that, it is of the utmost importance to be on high alert and ready to swing into immediate action should greater threats arise.

“Obviously, we are doing a lot of this to prevent any type of terrorist act. We are on the watch for anything that could possibly endanger the fans,” says Villalobos. “MDPD looks forward to putting the technology into practice at one of the largest security events in the world.”

Although they will not get to spike a football after scoring a touchdown, hoist a trophy high above their heads or shout “I’m going to Disney World!” the security team of Aware Digital, Sony and MDPD will nevertheless share in all the glory thanks to their own super security triumph.

Super Bowl Fast Facts

  • Green Bay defeated Kansas City 35-10 in the first Super Bowl in 1967
  • New Orleans and Miami have hosted the most (nine)
  • Pittsburgh has won the most (six)
  • Longest winning streak is two (held by seven teams, Pittsburgh twice)
  • Minnesota, Buffalo and Denver have lost the most (four)
  • Mike Ditka, Tom Flores and Tony Dungy have all won as a players and coaches
  • In 1981, Oakland’s Rod Martin set a record with three interceptions
  • In 1989, San Francisco receiver Jerry Rice had 11 catches for 215 yards
  • In 2000, St. Louis QB Kurt Warner passed for a record 414 yards
  • In 2009, Pittsburgh’s James Harrison had the longest run with a 100-yard interception

    Super Bowl XLIV Equipment List

    Manufacturer Description

    BridgeWage Communications

    AR80 millimeter wave radio




    Occularis video management software






    SNT—RS3U encoder chassis


    SNT-EX154 encoder blades


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    Scott Goldfine
    Scott joined SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION in October 1998 and has distinguished himself by producing award-winning, exemplary work. His editorial achievements have included blockbuster articles featuring major industry executives, such as Tyco Electronic Products Group Managing Director Gerry Head; Protection One President/CEO Richard Ginsburg; former Brink’s Home Security President/CEO Peter Michel; GE Interlogix President/CEO Ken Boyda; Bosch Security Systems President/CEO Peter Ribinski; and former SecurityLink President/CEO Jim Covert. Scott, who is an NTS Certified alarm technician, has become a respected and in-demand speaker at security industry events, including presentations at the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Annual Meeting; California Alarm Association (CAA) Summer and Winter Conferences; PSA Security Network Conference; International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC); and Security Industry Association (SIA) Forum. Scott often acts as an ambassador to mainstream media and is a participant in several industry associations. His previous experience as a cable-TV technician/installer and running his own audio company -- along with a lifelong fascination with electronics and computers -- prepared Scott well for his current position. Since graduating in 1986 with honors from California State University, Northridge with a degree in Radio-Television- Film, his professional endeavors have encompassed magazines, radio, TV, film, records, teletext, books, the Internet and more. In 2005, Scott captured the prestigious Western Publisher Maggie Award for Best Interview/Profile Trade for "9/11 Hero Tells Tale of Loses, Lessons," his October 2004 interview with former FDNY Commander Richard Picciotto, the last man to escape the Ground Zero destruction alive.
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