Digital Barriers ThruVis helped keep people safe at UK benefit concert

Digital Barriers ThruVis helped keep people safe at UK benefit concert
ThruVis received special praise from security providers and concert-goers after helping to keep people safe at the One Love Manchester benefit concert. Digital Barriers' unique people-screening technology, which detects items concealed under clothing including non-metallics such as ceramic knives or explosives, was deployed by G4S for the tribute event at the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground on Sunday June 4.

The event raised £2 million for the victims and families tragically affected by a terror attack at an Ariana Grande show less than a fortnight earlier. G4S events managing director, Eric Alexander said: “We used Digital Barriers' ThruVis passive screening solution, to support our security arrangements at the event.

"We recognize that new security innovations play an important role in strengthening our capability and increase the public's confidence in the measures we use to keep them safe.

“This was a very moving and poignant event and our focus was on playing our part to create a safe, family friendly atmosphere for all those attending.

“It was a challenging event to prepare for with limited time available ahead of the concert and large numbers of people expected.

"Our teams responded brilliantly and in particular our security and stewarding staff, who entered into the spirit of the event while tirelessly working to ensure the highest level of security to reassure the public.

"They worked very closely with the police, venue and event organisers to play our part in making the event a success.

With 600 security guards deployed at short notice, G4S was applauded for its role in securing the 50,000 crowd, who were also entertained by high-profile performers including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and Take That.

In addition to searching people and their belongings on entry to the venue, G4S safeguarded strategic entrances by deploying Digital Barriers' ThruVis people-screening technology, which provides a "virtual pat down" for security teams by detecting large, high-threat objects such as weapons or explosives.

The event, which was broadcast live and watched by millions, saw concert goers take to social media to show their support for security personnel at the benefit.

One Twitter user, @_SarahHenry, said: “Can’t praise Greater Manchester Police and G4S enough for their efforts at #OneLoveManchester. Each and every one of you made me feel so safe.”

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