Israeli Firm Lands $2.2b Security Deal for Rio Olympics

Israelis will serve as a consultant and supply security systems, reports IsraelDefense. Security in Brazil is a 'challenge,' says VP.

Rio Olympic stadium
The Joao Havelange Olympic Stadium undergoing renovation to stage athletic competitions during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Aug. 6, 2014. Reuters

An Israeli company has been selected to coordinate security for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion, military magazine IsraelDefense reported Wednesday.

ISDS, a multinational security firm based in Nir Zvi, Israel, will serve as a consultant and supply security systems, according to IsraelDefense.

"As seen in the media around the world, the security in Brazil is a challenge," Ron Shafran, vice president of ISDS, told IsraelDefense. "All teams are working on preparing the sector, from constructing a security concept to constructing the technological systems to be installed in the facilities of the competitions and all the logistical facilities, located in Rio and in four other regions throughout Brazil."

The games run from August 5, 2016, through December, including the Paralympics, Shafran noted.

Shafran said he and his company want to "integrate Israeli and international technologies that address the specific issues – from intelligence to perimeter security, crowd control and so forth. It will be a technology hotbed of Israeli security solutions."

The official Rio 2016 Olympics website lists ISDS as one of its official suppliers, along with Israeli concert ticket firm Eventim, Nielsen, Nike and IT security company Symantec.