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Making Large Scale Events, from the Presidential Inauguration to the Boston Marathon, Manageable for Security Teams

May 2, 2018

Most people enjoy taking part in large events such as: parades, concerts, races, etc.  And much more often than not, those events are taken in with limited to no issues with the vast majority of people having a great time. However, what those patrons see on the surface is a small fraction of what is really going on in order to keep everyone at the event safe.

 

Security teams work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure they have a complete handle on the situation.  This involves an incredible amount of pre-planning and putting systems in place to give teams the most complete operational picture possible.  Imagine for instance, the Presidential Inauguration where 1 million people are in attendance.  How are security teams managing that?  One tool they used extensively was the Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK) to digitally plan and to maintain situational awareness during the event.  A Fox News video is linked to the bottom of this page displaying ATAK’s use during the Inauguration.

 

Security for events becomes more complicated when attendees are not stationary, like at a major marathon.  In these scenarios, digitally planning the route and integrating it into one’s security plan becomes incredibly useful to maintain command and control.   Below are several screen shots of the LA Marathon digitally planned in ATAK.

 

Successfully securing large scale events will always be a challenge, but there are tools out there to make that challenge more manageable.

 

ATAK at 2017 Presidential Inauguration

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