Israel at the World Cup: Security Instead of Soccer

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A construction worker in an almost-completed stadium in Brazil.Credit: Reuters

Israelis may not be playing soccer in Brazil during the World Cup, but Israeli technology will be there – running the security at one of the new stadiums, Globes reports.

The Israeli company Risco Group reported this week that it had completed the implementation of a command and control system and other advanced security systems at the Arena Patanal soccer stadium in the city of Cuiabá.

The stadium, which was built for the World Cup, will seat 44,000 spectators.
The command and control program will enable operators to control access to so-called "sterile areas," such as the VIP and press boxes, broadcast points, and locker rooms, as well as controlling many other safety and security features.

Risco stated that the stadium’s operations crew will be able to control 300 areas inside and outside of the stadium at once from the command and control room.
The company's systems will also control the stadium's entrances, including hundreds of doors, gates, and turnstiles, and identify people who try to sneak into the stadium using forged tickets.

“Our teams were involved throughout the project in Cuiabá - from planning to implementation. We are now conducting supplementary services to ensure that all the integrated systems work efficiently together - to ensure the success of the project in the required timeframe,” said RISCO Brazil country manager Eytan Dikstein.

In business since the late 1970s, the RISCO Group is not often mentioned in the Israeli media. More than 95% of its production is for export, primarily to Europe. Founded and owned by Moshe Alkelai, the company has a development center in Rishon Lezion and a production center in Kiryat Gat.

RISCO is not the only Israeli company providing technology for the World Cup. Elbit Systems is providing two Hermes 900 drones to patrol the skies during the tournament.

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