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.


“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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    About the Author


    Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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