Israeli technology keeping Rio safe: Palsan and Spectronics

23 August, 2016

Working to maintain security during the 2016 Rio Olympics, police forces in Brazil are using an armored vehicle made by Plasan. The vehicle are equipped with fire detection and surpression systems by yet another Israeli company – Sectrex

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Working to maintain security during the 2016 Rio Olympics, police forces in Brazil are using an armored vehicle made by Plasan. The vehicle are equipped with fire detection and surpression systems by yet another Israeli company – Sectrex

Plasan's Guarder armored vehicle helping to secure the 2016 Rio Olympics.  It is equipped with advanced multi-functional technological capabilities to keep the Rio Olympics safe. (PRNewsFoto/Plasan)
Plasan’s Guarder armored vehicle helping to secure the 2016 Rio Olympics (Plasan)

Now that the Olympic Games have come to a successful conclusion, it is easy to forget just how worried everybody was just a few weeks ago. Many experts warned of the dangers of a terror attack or large scale civilian unrest in Rio. The Brazilian police did not take these treats lightly, and carried out unprecedented security effort during the games, which helped the festivities run smoothly and securely. During the operation, Brazilian police forces made use of an advanced Israeli made armored personal carrier (APC), Palsan’s “Guarder”.

The 4×4 vehicle can carry a payload of up to 3,500 kilograms in a spacious composite-steel hull with STANAG 3 armored protection. In Brazil, the Guarder is currently being used by the special weapons and tactics team (SWAT) of the police department of Sao Paolo. The “Guarder” makes it possible for a driver, commander and 22 fully-equipped troops to quickly and safely traverse any terrain. Sao Paolo police officers report that the vehicles are typically used for large-scale policing and rescue operations. It was mentioned that officers appreciate the ability of the vehicle’s strong cameras, which can capture optical and thermal images, which provide better information to the commanders. Above all, the vehicle provides more security, both for the operators and for the public, who feel more secure in the presence of the huge vehicle.

“We’re proud to see our vehicle used by police forces in Brazil as they work to keep the Rio Olympics safe and secure,” saidDani Ziv, CEO of Plasan. “From the beginning, we knew that the Guarder is the perfect armored vehicle for this mission. We’re all honored to be participating, in this way, in the Rio Olympics, helping to keep the peace at this amazing event.”

A state of the art fire extinguishing system by Spectrex

Palsan’s “Guarder” is equipped with the SAFE automatic fire detection and suppression system by Israeli Spectrex. The system deploys advanced optical detectors, providing the fast response time, high false alarm immunity, alongside homogeneous and efficient suppression agent dispersion, helping to protect security forces and their vehicles. Spectrex was recently sold to American engineering giant Emerson in a $99 million deal. The company’s patented optical UV/IR and IR3 Flame Detectors and SAFE systems are integrated in over 30,000 vehicles and are approved by US Army, NATO forces and other leading armies.

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