Super Bowl Security

Sunday, February 04, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
As football fans across America gear up for Super Bowl Sunday coaches and players can concentrate on the game, as an Israeli-developed security system will take care of potential threats to those traveling to South Florida through the Miami International Airport.

Rafi Ron, CEO of New Age Security Solutions in Rockville, Maryland and former director of security at Ben-Gurion Airport and the Israel Airports Authority, developed Behavior Pattern Recognition in response to find a solution to racial profiling.

The system detects behavioral cues, catching security personnel’s attention.

“In many cases, civilian employees do not have the confidence to report most covertly suspicious behavior,” Ron said. “We are arming them to report the behavior, report it correctly and to the right department.”

Police officers in the US regularly train 1,600 aviation department employees. There is also optional training every Tuesday and Thursday for the 30,000 employees in other departments who choose to partake.

“Unlike the very well-protected Ben-Gurion Airport, environments in airports across the United States are very different,” Ron said. “Due to American legalities and cultural sensitivities, security officers cannot interview all passengers.” US law prohibits questioning without reasonable suspicion. Yet, Florida will be ready for as the Chicago Bears take on the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLI.

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