In major sporting events of contemporary times, the safety of athletes, officials and spectators is of the essence and measures are put in place to check the activities of unscrupulous sects, who often times can’t really define their goals. Brazil President Dima Rousseff had already announced that security will be reinforced along the 10,000 miles of the country’s borders in preparation for the Confederation Cup. About 20,000 troops are expected to be redeployed to reinforce security in the region.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles, Africa’s representatives at next month’s Confederation Cup will come up against robots at the event following recent announcement by Brazilian government that some security robots acquired to improve safety during the World Cup will be ready for the June tournament.
According to the company iRobot, Brazil signed a $7.2 million contract, which will include the supply of small unmanned ground vehicles that should provide surveillance, bomb removal and other law- enforcement missions. And in preparation for a hitch- free line up of worldwide events (Confederation Cup, World Cup and the 2016 Rio Olympics), iRobot were to supply 30 robots by the end of the year, along with spares and other support gear. Last week the government confirmed that some of the robots will already be in operation in the six cities hosting Confederation Cup matches. Brazil has never had to deal with terrorist attacks in the past. Notwithstanding, security at sporting events has been placed under the microscope after the recent Boston Marathon bombings, though, Brazilian officials have said they will not make significant changes to the country’s security plans because of the incident in the United States. Among the equipments being purchased by Brazil are a type of multi- use robot “that has proven useful for a variety of law enforcement applications, including the inspection of potentially dangerous areas and objects, the removal of suspicious devices and the detection of chemical and explosive agents,” iRobot listed. The customizable robots weigh about sixty pounds. They are operated remotely with a small control unit that essentially is a ruggedized laptop with a game- style controller, the company said. “The purpose of these robots is to keep operators and other people safe while an investigation is being conducted,” iRobot told The Associated Press in an email. The company claimed to have “delivered more than 5,000 robots to military and civil defence forces worldwide. The 2014 World Cup will be the first in Brazil since 1950, while the 2016 Olympics in Rio will be the first in South America and the host country plans to have between 3,000 and 5,000 soldiers in each of the 12 host cities. The Brazilian Air Force earlier this year said it invested nearly $25 million to purchase two Israeli- made drones to help provide public safety. It already have two of the unmanned planes since 2001. The air force said it will also have a new radar system in place. Brazil shares border with ten countries in South America. Drug trafficking and the illegal entrance of goods are the major criminal activities in the South American nation.