Johnson Controls Awarded $29M Project to Protect 2014 World Cup Stadiums

MILWAUKEE Johnson Controls (JCI) has earned a $29 million contract to design, supply and implement access control and video surveillance solutions and a communications network for 12 Brazilian soccer stadiums.

The Brazilian Ministry of Sports chose JCI in a competitive bid process. The company credits its strong knowledge in technology in helping it win the project.

“We scored the highest of all competitors in the systems technology category,” says Mario Filho, Brazil systems business, Building Efficiency, JCI. “We could point to events in helping secure major arenas, airports and other mission critical facilities throughout Latin America.”

The company designed a mass access control system with its South African partner DEX Security Solutions. The system will link the Web portal where soccer fans purchase tickets and register to attend games with local law enforcement databases. Each stadium will have entry turnstiles and readers to confirm the identities of those seeking access. 

JCI also will oversee the installation of nearly 1,700 cameras, video servers and video analytics at the stadiums. Officials will monitor the video from separate security stations designed and built by the integrator.

Some sites, which seat 20,000 to 60,000 fans, will host the 2013 Soccer Confederation Cup. Two of the stadiums will be venues for the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup. All security plans and concepts meet FIFA requirements.

The company expects to complete the project in a year.


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