Unprecedented Israeli achievement: ISDS was selected to manage and coordinate the security of the Rio 2016 Olympics. It is the first time an Israeli company will serve in this capacity in an Olympic event. The deal value is estimated at 2.2. Billion dollars.
ISDS' operations regarding the Olympic Games will range from consulting to supplying systems. "The challenge is great", says Ron Shafran, Vice President of the company, to IsraelDefense. "As seen in the media around the world, the security in Brazil is a challenge but we are already with teams in Israel as well as in Brazil and Europe.
"All teams are working on preparing the sector, from constructing a security concept to constructing the technological systems to be installed in the facilities of the competitions and all the logistical facilities, located in Rio and in four other regions throughout Brazil.
"The games begin on August 5, 2016 and will continue until December 2016, that including the Special Olympics", added Ron Shafran.
According to Shafran, this is a rare opportunity to provide a platform for Israeli companies to take part in securing the games. "We very much want to take this platform and integrate Israeli and international technologies that address the specific issues – from intelligence to perimeter security, crowd control and so forth. It will be a technology hotbed of Israeli security solutions.
"We will emphasize on small companies with big solutions, in order to give them the platform to present their capabilities and serve as a showcase to the world, facing a very significant customer it is hard to enter to".
ISDS' company name appears on the official website of the Rio 2016 Olympics as one of the sponsors of the event, along with the names of multinational companies such as Symantec, EMC and more.
An extensive interview on the subject, with ISDS CEO Leo Glaser and Ron Shafran will be published in the upcoming issue of IsraelDefense magazine, to be published in November.