Rapiscan joins London 2012

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The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced that Rapiscan Systems Limited UK has been appointed Official Security Equipment and Systems Supplier for London 2012, becoming a tier three sponsor as part of the deal " LOCOG's 38th domestic sponsor.

Under the agreement, Rapiscan Systems will provide over 2, 000 vehicle screening, people screening and baggage and parcel inspection systems to all Olympic venues, including the Olympic Village and events throughout London and the UK. The systems will be used to provide security and threat detection capabilities to safeguard athletes, visitors, employees and other workers at the Games. LOCOG commercial director Chris Townsend commented: " Keeping athletes, spectators and everyone involved safe at the Games is a vital part of our role and to do that we need a significant amount of equipment and expertise, which Rapiscan Systems will provide. We are very happy to welcome them to the London 2012 family and look forward to working with them between now and Games–time to ensure our Games are the best – and safest – they can be. " Ajay Mehra, president of Rapsican Systems, Ltd commented: " The importance of this award goes far beyond its commercial value. The confidence that LOCOG has demonstrated in Rapiscan demonstrates our leadership in security screening solutions. " Mehra continued: " Our security screening technology allows for both superior non–intrusive threat detection and extremely high throughput, so we will be able to not only improve security but also enhance visitor satisfaction. " Meanwhile, in other security–related news, the Qatar minister of state for internal affairs opened the 1st International Sports Security Conference in Doha (Qatar) that took place on 9–10 March 2011, by welcoming 150 VIPs in the worlds of sports and security to Qatar. The minister highlighted the importance of gathering in this conference for the first time key decision makers and experts in sportsand security to share their expertise over the world in Doha. The minister remarked on the key importance of security with a very clear statement: " There is no sports without security. " The conference was a great success in terms of attendance given the high–level of responsibility and expertise of the attendees. Participants hold key positions in international sports institutions, law enforcement agencies, and government/public sector, and private security companies. As Lord John Stevens, chair of the conference, said: " The people in this room together has in aggregation more than 3, 500 years of experience. If we cannot push forward the thinking and reach some conclusions, then who can? " There was very animated debate during the two days of the conference. The key takeaways included:a) The need for cooperation across agencies, sports, and geographiesb) The importance of international institutions and agencies that may act as a liaison between expertsc) The need for a relentless fight against integrity breaches (e. g. doping, illegal gambling, match fixing)d) The need for a flawless communication of the security aspects, both to international institutions when bidding for events, and to the general public to secure attendance for the evente) The need for a more fluent dialogue with the athletes regarding security.

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