February 3rd, 2014, Buffalo Grove, IL. . . When the final seconds of the Super Bowl play clock had ticked away, the Seattle Seahawks emerged victorious, walking away with a
43 - 8 win and the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy. Their Super Bowl dreams had come true and they could finally breathe a collective sigh of relief.
Amidst a sea of sports fans swarming MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the Seahawks were not the only ones exhaling. For the scads of security personnel charged with ensuring the safety of NFL players, fans and the many other people behind the scenes at the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, the real win was in pulling off the mega sporting event without incident.
Private security detail for Super Bowl XLVIII was overseen by S.A.F.E. (Security, Athletic Facilities & Events) Management, a specifically tailored crowd management company that specializes in stadium, facility, and special event management. S.A.F.E. is the primary private security provider for the Super Bowl campus which includes MetLife Stadium, the Izod Center, and the Meadowlands Racetrack. Although most of the firms/vendors are NJ-based, some large, global companies versed in providing security for major events also worked to ensure football's biggest Game Day was a safe one. Among them were a couple of our own industry champions - Fluidmesh Networks and Mobile Pro Systems (MPS).
As Steve Dunker, VP of Business Development for Minnesota-based Mobile Pro Systems explains, "We started working with the New Jersey State Police Department last year. They commanded our video surveillance trailers for special events, emergency management applications and the like to allow them to put surveillance units where they needed them most."
And with good reason. A Mobile Pro system combines detection technologies with vision analytics to provide alerts on-site and /or remote to notify security personal as soon as there is unauthorized entry into a protected area. Their Mobile Pro surveillance solutions enable rapid deployment of remote mobile camera systems into the field for instant monitoring to provide covert monitoring of possible illegal or terrorist activities.
Wireless mesh networks are MPS' standard for wirelessly linking mobile units together or as a backhaul to an Internet source. It's highly reliable and cost effective and can be used in a Mesh, Point to Point, or a Point to Multipoint configuration. They turned to industry leader Fluidmesh Networks for this to lock in the win for a secure Super Bowl.
The combination of 20 Commander 3400 MPS Video Surveillance Trailers, which feature a mobile power platform and an on-demand generator - coupled with numerous MPS HopBox-GS units (portable gateway servers) and equipped with FM1200 VOLOs, Fluidmesh latest generation 2x2 MIMO radios running Prodigy 2.0 proprietary MPLS wireless protocol and capable of creating point-to-point, point-to-multipoint, and mesh networks - were deployed around the stadium and other key event areas.
These mobile surveillance units were deployed at Super Bowl Week events prior to the game as well as during the game by New Jersey State Police with assistance, support and network configuration from MPS and local technology providers.