Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister was Editor of IFSEC Global from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam is also a former Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
August 15, 2017

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ThruVis thermal camera screened up to 50 people every three minutes at Hyde Park music event

Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to a pioneering thermal-based camera.

Digital Barriers, which specialises in military-grade technology, also provided its ThruVis thermal screening cameras for the ‘One Love’ Manchester concert, which took place at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on 4 June in the wake of the Manchester MEN bombings. ThruVis protected 50,000 visitors as well as staff and artists including Liam Gallagher, Coldplay and Katy Perry.

Deployed at both events by G4S, ThruVis can detect non-metallic threats like explosives and ceramic knives as well as guns at distances exceeding 5 metres. As a thermal camera, it doesn’t require people to remove clothing or pass through the kind of ‘doorway’ seen with conventional airport scanners.

Deployed throughout British Summer Time (3-9 July) both at VIP entrances and public gates, ThruVis screened up to 1,000 people per hour – equating to 50 every three minutes – and 50,000 in total. The event was headlined by Kings of Leon, The Killers and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Digital Barriers reports a 98% satisfaction rating from visitors screened at Hyde Park.

“We used Digital Barriers’ ThruVis passive screening solution, to support our security arrangements at the event,” said G4S Director of Events Eric Alexander. “We recognise that new security innovations play an important role in strengthening our capability and increase the public’s confidence in the measures we use to keep them safe.”

Said Colin Evans, Chief Operating Officer at Digital Barriers: “The public expects enhanced security around high profile public events and would prefer this to be provided with minimal further inconvenience. We are confident ThruVis is the only security technology available today that meets this need and we are delighted to be working with G4S to make this important new capability widely available.”

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