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2004 Athens Olympics Games

The Challenge

Post 9/11, with global terrorism fresh on everyone's minds, the security budget was set at $1.35 billion to ensure the very best in security technology and resources were deployed, to assuage the fears of attendees. There would be 10,625 athletes competing, 5,501 team officials from 201 countries, and this was the first year since the 1996 Summer Olympics that all countries with a National Olympic Committee would be in attendance. The spotlight of the world would be on this event, making it extremely attractive to terrorists.


The MER Solution

Mer met all of the Olympic Committee's standards, monitoring 63 sites with three levels of hierarchy, and providing the ability to view, monitor, and take control of every event and alert from the Command and Control Center. Mer was charged with the full responsibility of the project information management, including the security equipment, the installations, the interface to the software, and the related hardware. Mer's integrated security solutions handled all Athens 2004 Olympic venues, including but not limited to the Olympic Village, the City of Athens, the Hotels, 9 Greek Seaports and other facilities, a feat considered one of the largest and most comprehensive and most integrated surveillance projects ever implemented anywhere worldwide. They used their single-point access, robust software platform Secure-M for C4I.


Mer's Secure-M surveillance platform monitored:  

  Access Control Systems         Integrated LPR, VMD and Thermal Imaging

  CCTV Systems                      Communication and Data Networking

  City Surveillance                    Local Management Command and Control Centers

  Traffic Management Systems   Regional Management Command and Control Centers

  Perimeter Security Systems   National Management Command and Control Center


The Result

By any measure, the 2004 Athens Olympic Summer Games were a great success. While security concerns were cited as "somewhat to very important" by 66%    of those attendees surveyed at the Olympic Games, and 28% of respondents indicated that they personally knew of someone who did not attend the 2004 Olympic Games due to security concerns (Source: Tourism Review International, Volume 10, pp. 269-284), it was an enormous confidence builder worldwide that the games occurred without any security incidents.

"All systems are controlled by Mer developed Secure-M software, which was installed in sixty (60) Command and Control Centers. This software was arranged in three (3) levels of hierarchy; Locals, Regional and Central Command & Control centers, which are manned by the Greek authorities forces."

Paul Schissler
C4I Program Manager
SAIC Science Applications International Corporation