Johnson Controls to Provide Advanced Security Solutions for Brazil's Soccer Stadiums

The Brazilian Ministry of Sports recently announced that Johnson Controls, provider of solutions that increase energy efficiency in buildings, has been chosen to design and install advanced, integrated security systems for 12 major soccer stadiums throughout the country.

The $29 million project will include the design, supply and implementation of mass access control designed to quickly pass large numbers of people, video surveillance, ticket systems and a communications network at stadiums used by Brazilian A and B Championship Leagues. Some of the sites, which seat from 20,000 up to 60,000 fans, will also host competition in the 2013 Soccer Confederation Cup. Two of the stadiums will be venues for main matches at the 2014 FIFA Soccer World Cup, also being held in Brazil.   

Alcino Reis Rocha, national secretary of Soccer and Defense of the Fans Rights for Brazil's Ministry of Sports, said Johnson Controls was selected in a competitive bid process during which the company showed a superior understanding of the technology required to complete the complex project.

“Johnson Controls scored the highest of all competitors in the systems technology category during the bidding process, provided a competitive price and could point to experience in helping secure major arenas, airports and other mission critical facilities throughout Latin America and around the world,” said Mario Filho, Brazil systems business, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls. 

Filho also said that the long-term strategic relationships Johnson Controls developed with vendors, agencies and organizations in Brazil and throughout the region were key to presenting a strong team solution and securing the contract.

The innovative access control system, designed with South African partner DEX Security Solutions, will link the web portal where soccer fans purchase tickets and register to attend games with local law enforcement databases.  The names of purchasers will be checked against those of known troublemakers and registered criminals who may be denied entry. Each stadium will have entry turnstiles and readers (barcode, proximity and biometric) to confirm the identities of those seeking access. 

Johnson Controls also will oversee the installation of nearly 1,700 surveillance cameras, video servers for recording and video analytics to help spot potential problems inside and outside the stadiums.  Officials at each stadium will monitor the video from separate security stations designed and built by Johnson Controls.

“This is another example of Johnson Control using its proven technology experience to provide our customer with an innovative solution designed to meet specific needs.” said Kevin Melton, vice president, systems Latin America, Building Efficiency, Johnson Controls.  “This project will help us and the Ministry of Sports to enhance the experience of Brazilian soccer fans attending games in these 12 stadiums.”

The stadium security plans and concepts meet the FIFA requirements for security at the 2014 World Cup.

Completion of the design and installation process is expected to take about a year.

In addition to the company’s expertise in building technology, security solutions, building integration, energy efficiency and sustainability, Johnson Controls has been recognized for its commitment to ethics and integrity by being listed in the Brazilian government’s Pro-Ethics Company Registration.  This listing recognizes companies for having developed concrete actions to promote ethics, integrity and prevent corruption.   Johnson Controls is one of only four companies to be named to the inaugural list.

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