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Cassidian aiding Ryder Cup policing
September 28, 2010

  • Cassidian provides cutting edge 3D mapping technology to allow Gwent Police to have the most effective operational picture of the Ryder Cup site Technology can provide officers with a 'helicopter view' of resources to allow them to respond effectively to emergencies Cassidian was formerly known as EADS Defence & Security

September 2010 - Gwent Police will be one the first UK police forces to use cutting edge 3D mapping technology to help them co-ordinate the policing operation of the Ryder Cup.

Developed by Cassidian, formerly known as EADS Defence & Security, the technology will provide senior officers with a 3D model/map of the Celtic Manor - the venue for this historic sporting event - and allow them to track their officers as avatars.

Up to 200 Gwent officers will be deployed to the golf course at the Newport-based Celtic Manor where a team of top golfers from Europe will pit their wits against a team from the United States. This year's event will be held from October 1-3.

The exact movement of officers will be tracked and plotted as information on the 3D map. The tracking information will be refreshed at regular intervals to enable senior officers to get an accurate picture of the location of those who are co-ordinating the security efforts on the ground.

Paul Thomas, Business Development Manager from Cassidian explained that in the past, officers used a traditional 2D map. This provided a limited picture of the location and whereabouts of the officers involved in an operation.

"With 3D mapping we can provide the force with a graphical view of the location of their officers that is more accurate than ever before," he said.

"This means that if there is an incident that requires back-up or support, they can determine exactly who is closest - enabling them to respond in a more co-ordinated and strategic way."

Cassidian has considerable experience working with the police and other blue light services on cutting edge technology solutions designed to improve operational effectiveness and maximise resources.

Superintendent Nigel Russell who is heading up the Ryder Cup Police operation commented:

"For major events such as this it's vitally important that the Policing operation is flexible and prepared for any contingency. This technology will help those directing officers on the ground to ensure that appropriate Policing resources are deployed as and when they are needed."

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