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Magal-S3 to supply integrated security system for 2012 African Cup of Nations

African Cup of
Nations game
in 2010

Magal Security Systems, Ltd. announced on June 6 that it has signed a $35.5 million contract for a turnkey project to provide a fully integrated security system, covering multiple sites, for the African Cup of Nations Football Championship, which will be held in West Africa in January 2012.

The vulnerability of sporting games, as experienced by the Togo football team terror attack during the 2010 African Cup of Nations, was definitely on the minds of the organizers, said a Magal news release issued on June 6. Therefore, a holistic approach was adapted in which the Olympic arena will be protected, rather than only the gates, with a strong emphasis on the perimeters of each site.

The contract includes security coverage of a few football grounds, two stadiums and the Olympic villages.

The full solution will be networked and integrated into several command-and-control centers by Magal’s state-of-the-art Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) system, known as Fortis. A built-in hierarchical structure will enable control of several smaller centers by a main regional control center.

Several detection layers will protect the entire perimeter of each site. Barricade II, an innovative fence-mounted locating sensor, will be used as a main layer. In addition, multiple surveillance cameras supported by sophisticated intelligent video analytics (IVA) capabilities and hovering surveillance zeppelins will be deployed to enhance the organizers’ situational awareness. Various types of gates with access control, X-ray screening devices, intercom and public announcement systems will complement the full solution.

"This project is the largest in Magal's history and represents a highly significant business achievement and acceleration in the company's growth trajectory,” Eitan Livneh, president and CEO of Magal S3, said in the news release. “Securing major sporting events such as this represent a major opportunity for Magal S3 and further demonstrate its leadership in the security market worldwide and specifically in Africa."

"We are proud to have been chosen as the main contractor to implement the security and safety solution for this prestigious and globally recognized event. We will leverage our experience in providing similar solutions to customers in more than 80 countries in order to complete this demanding project within a tight timetable," Livneh concluded.



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