In an effort to bolster security and monitoring capabilities at the US Open Championship golf tournament, Pittsburgh-area security and emergency response personnel will deploy ThreatViewer™, an integrated security product from Augusta Systems®. ThreatViewer provides remote monitoring capabilities in military, industrial and homeland security efforts.
“Sporting events and other high-profile entertainment venues draw large crowds and, therefore, require stepped-up security measures. These measures include deploying advanced monitoring technologies, like ThreatViewer. ThreatViewer will provide us with additional security enhancements, such as the capability of seeing in all directions at once from a single location,” said Chief Robert Full, emergency management coordinator for Allegheny County and chairman of the Pennsylvania Region 13 Task Force, a regional anti-terrorism and emergency response consortium consisting of 13 counties in western Pennsylvania and the City of Pittsburgh.
Full’s group is coordinating public security efforts for the 2007 US Open Championship, held this week at Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, near Pittsburgh. The event will draw thousands of spectators, news outlets and golf’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and others.
“ThreatViewer provides a flexible security option for the US Open. It can be placed wherever it is most needed to collect, process and transmit data to security personnel,” said Patrick Esposito, president and chief operating officer of Augusta Systems, Inc.
The US Open deployment is the second major sporting event to utilize ThreatViewer. It was deployed during 2006 Major League Baseball All-Star Game events.
“Events like the U.S. Open and baseball’s All-Star game highlight the need for advanced technologies. The threats to the public are evolving and security operations are evolving as well. In fact, sporting events and other mobile deployments are become the proving grounds for some of the most advanced security technologies. By deploying ThreatViewer along with Allegheny County’s mobile command centre at the U.S. Open, we are working to ensure that the best technologies are put to use to protect our citizens and visitors to the region,” added Allegheny County chief executive Dan Onorato.
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