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World Cup Security Will Include Bomb Disposal Robots and "Darth Vader" Police

04/09/2014 - 08h46

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MARCO ANTÔNIO MARTINS
FROM RIO

Remote controlled robots will dismantle bombs and remove the devices from hard to reach places. Masks that resemble villain Darth Vader from "Star Wars" will be used by police for protests.

These are some of the equipment that Federal and more than15 State governments purchased to ensure public safety during the World Cup.

Them and many others will be presented at the LAAD 2014 corporate security fair, which ends Thursday at Riocentro, in western Rio

A bit of science fiction films can be seen in each of the pieces of equipment already purchased for the World Cup.

The 5,000 protective masks purchased by Sesge (Special Secretariat for Big Events) by the Ministry of Justice, and the Military Police of Rio, Espírito Santo and Mato Grosso, were inspired by Darth Vader, according to its manufacturer, the American company Welser.

According to the company, the intention was to "create a psychological impact" on protesters who adopt the tactics of the "black bloc", common during the demonstrations in 2013. The equipment is able to withstand temperatures of up to 1,000°C against possible attacks by Molotov cocktails.

The mask also have an amplifier that modifies the user's voice and a display that, according to the manufacturer, ensures protection for police against impacts and even gunfire.

"These new technologies, like gas masks, allow law enforcement officials to act more efficiently in urban riots", said Antonio Carlos Magalhães, director of institutional relations for Condor/Welser.

Another issue that will be presented this week at the fair is the Israeli anti-bomb robot iRobot.

Sesge acquired 30 of them and distributed two to each of the 12 host cities of the World Cup, in addition to Espírito Santo, Sergipe and Alagoas.

The robot, a little over a meter and weighing about 6kg, can get into hard to reach places so that police can remove a bomb or other device that could endanger the lives of people.

The federal government also acquired and passed on safe-rooms to states that will host the Copa of the 12 Integrated Command and Control Centers, where databases are stored.

Translated by STEVE HUGHES

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