Security clampdown for Forum
19 April 2004
BARCELONA – A high-tech security system is set to be installed at the Forum 2004 shorefront venue in Barcelona, festival organisers announced Monday.
Indra, which specialises in information systems, will implement the access controls and coordinate the entire accreditation process, besides installing the surveillance systems that will function during the 141-day event.
The contract includes a centralised system to manage and control all security measures, such as access control, intruder alerts, closed-circuit television, fire detection and technical alarms.
The system will also function with separate modules that work independently, to minimise the impact caused in the event of a technical breakdown.
The accreditation control system will identify staff, speakers and season pass holders; all accreditations will include a photograph, and the list of users will be checked against the police security network.
The Fórum Universal de las Culturas is scheduled to take place between 9 May and 26 September, and 5 million visitors are expected to visit the festival.
The event will be staffed by approximately 2,400 people.
In light of the 11 March attacks in Madrid, the organisation has decided to widen the security perimeter and increase police presence.
At least 2,100 permanent agents, many in plain clothes, will patrol the sea front and the Forum grounds.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news