GC2018: FLIR appointed as official video security provider

Update: 4:37PM US-HEADQUARTERED FLIR Systems Inc is the official Video Security Provider of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018).

FLIR will provide surveillance equipment, including security cameras and video management software (VMS), to help national and local law enforcement provide safety and security at the 4-15 April Games.   

A statement from the games media secretariat said that in preparation for GC2018, FLIR had delivered a suite of visible and thermal security cameras, including fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras. 

It stated that in many cases, the cameras would be equipped with embedded video analytics, the cameras would detect threats and stream live information to allow rapid response to security events at Games venues.

To protect this high-profile international event, it has been confirmed that FLIR would also provide a mix of thermal imaging cameras that operated day and night, through light fog or smoke, ensuring continual observation and accurate detection capabilities. 

It has been confirmed that FLIR would provide more than 300 cameras and video management software to increase security surveillance at the Games village and city perimeter protection. 

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chairperson Peter Beattie AC said public safety was their number one priority and they were determined to ensure all athletes and spectators were able to enjoy GC2018.

“The Games are a major sporting event – not a security event – and importantly for fans, we are using a number of products, like those being delivered by FLIR, to provide a safe and secure environment while still allowing for efficient access to venues for spectators, athletes and officials in an unobtrusive manner,” Beattie said.

“We have acquired the largest number of sponsors for any Commonwealth Games and I’m pleased to welcome FLIR to the GC2018 Sponsor Family.”

In the same statement, FLIR Commercial Business Unit president Travis Merrill said FLIR was honoured to be selected as the official supplier of video security for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“FLIR products will provide wide area, 24/7 surveillance to ensure the protection of the Gold Coast community, guests, and athletes. Our end-to-end suite of security solutions supports the comprehensive plan for a safe and successful Commonwealth Games,” Mr Merrill said.

“We look forward to playing a role in this celebration of humanity, equality, and destiny,” he said.

FLIR Systems is the world’s largest commercial company specialising in the design and production of thermal imaging cameras, components, and imaging sensors.

The company makes thermal cameras and components for a wide variety of commercial and government applications

It is based in Wilsonville, Oregon, United States and was founded in 1978.