'A serious failure of security and stewarding'

It is believed that a Wembley spokesperson said “no one got into the stadium without a ticket”. It is said that there was no visible police presence in the stadium. Stewards were left to try to contain the situation initially in preventing more ticketless people getting in to the ground.



The reality is that there were thousands more inside the stadium than the official figure of 67,000, which was even commentated upon by TV presenters live during the game.


So why weren’t the key elements implemented to help prevent this situation happening? Technology is moving forward at pace, and when integrated with tried and tested physical and manned operations, help is available to hand.


Major events can be an ideal target for terrorist as well as undesirables; this was highlighted in Paris in 2015, and the Manchester Arena attack in 2017, which, whilst not a sporting event, had similar security issues. That has led to the instigation of Martyn’s Law (The Protect Duty) which has recently concluded its consultation in Parliament in July this year.


At AFSS Ltd and our partners Tensor Plc and Suprema, we specialise in integrated security, providing the client with a holistic tailored security solution which is designed specifically to integrate with their operational procedures and daily demands.



Covid-19 has impacted the world like no other virus, and now with sport venues having to change the way they bring supporters back to the game safely, and with no two venues operational needs being the same, the task is both challenging and exciting. Now is the time to evaluate your current operational methods and make the right changes for the future,


Using leading fusion technology matching visual and infrared face recognition with the option to integrate with thermal detection, it provides fast and accurate measurement, enhancing security access control allowing you to know who is in and around your premises giving both audio and visual alerts with optional alarms to all selected departments.


The facial recognition technology is simply the best there is. It’s designed specifically for fast, discrete identification/registration of known/unknown individuals, whether in a large crowd at a stadium, arena or festival or in public places such as airports, train stations, shopping centres or urban areas.


The system dynamically compares images of individuals from incoming video streams against those stored in a predefined list and immediately alerts the appropriate people when a positive match occurs.


The technology yields a very good level of performance even when there are partial occlusions of the face; the use of glasses, scarves or caps, changes of facial expression and moderate rotations of the face. Moreover, it does not allow users to be impersonated using photographs.


Our Facial Recognition CCTV system is easily integrated with existing ID management products and enables administrators to create Whitelists/ Blacklists for specific areas. People are easily and quickly enrolled from one or more photographs and/or video clips, negating the need for a subject to be physically enrolled.


Optimised for GPU computing architectures, the Facial Recognition system is 40 times faster than traditional systems (up to 150 fps), and works with very high-resolution video streams – up to 150 fps with high resolution IP cameras. It analyses multiple cameras simultaneously and fully supports runtime alarm management, is highly tuneable (control based on time-frames, sequentially, etc.) and even allows alarms to be exported to common formats (PDF, Excel) and remote devices (mobile, PDA, tablet, security control centre).



The “Protect Duty” law (Martyn’s Law) has been in consultation with Government since February which closed early July this year after 18 weeks.


The Protect Duty delivers on a manifesto commitment to improve safety and security to ensure people are as protected as possible when visiting public venues, retail areas and other publicly open spaces.


Our combined integrated solution from fusion technology for individual access control acceptance or denial provides facial recognition for searching individuals at speeds of 500,000 faces per second, watch-lists for known terrorists and hooligans etc, CCTV monitoring and integration into a sole solution with HVM capabilities, providing total control at your fingertips.


No one security element can provide the secure ring around a venue; it’s all part of an integrated solution, individually selected for each individual need, event and operational demands.


For more information contact, Steve Moody: Tel: +44 (0)1767 318 620 Email: steve.moody@asset-frontline.co.uk





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