Olimpiada Rio 2016

Olympic Games: New Federal Police Measures Involve Helicopters and Balloons

The Brazilian Federal Police has enforced at least three new safety measures for the Olympics in Rio.

These measures are based on the ongoing collection of images and information in an attempt to prevent violent acts, including terrorism. In the event of an attack, the measures will allow for a more focused investigation.

As part of the safety plan, the government is also working with the concept of "saturation", ostensively spreading men and military and police cars through the streets.

Acquired and operated by consultants from the forensic experts at the National Institute of Criminology (INC) under the leadership of the Federal Police in Brasília, the image collection system utilizes balloons, fixed cameras and camera-equipped helicopters.

The "big data" analysis, technology jargon used to refer to the formation of large data banks, could identify the routes of vehicles and individuals as well as any third party contact before an attack.

The balloon project, known as wide-area persistent surveillance aerostats (AMPGA), includes 4 static units installed 200 meters up in the air, each one equipped with 13 cameras. Every balloon covers an area of 20 square km. Together, they cover about 80 percent of the area designated for the Olympic Games.

Another measure, called PSEI (Facility Electronic Security Project), utilizes 2,000 high resolution cameras that will monitor the Olympic Village and all of the sites where the sporting events will take place.

A third measure involves the collection of images and involves a system composed of 8 Federal Police, Civil Police and Military Police helicopters from Rio.

Translated by SUGHEY RAMIREZ

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