October 12, 2009
2012 Olympic Site To Employ Biometric Scanners
Biometric scanners will protect the site of the 2012 Olympics in order to keep terrorists from being able to carry out an attack during the event.
The Observer reported Sunday that officials are installing new scanners that are capable of hand and iris recognition for workers at the 2012 Olympic games in London.
"Ensuring the construction phase of the Games is safe and secure is a key part of our preparations for London 2012," Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said.
"We are using cutting-edge technology to make sure that as activity on the site increases the workforce and infrastructure continue to be protected without affecting progress."
Jowell said the new security measures were necessary, based on the UK's "years of experience in both tackling terrorism and hosting major sporting and cultural events."
The scanners will be able to process up to 5,000 people each hour, the Observer reported. Currently there are about 4,500 workers on-site, but that is likely to double by the end of 2010 during the "big build."
"As the big build accelerates, we are phasing in robust plans to ensure the security and safety of both the Olympic Park workforce and the surrounding communities," said a spokesman for the Olympic Delivery Agency.
"Enhanced access controls utilizing the latest technology will enable properly authorized, equipped and trained workers to enter and leave the Olympic Park as quickly and safely as possible."
According to the most up-to-date government figures, about 136 suspected illegal immigrants were arrested at the site between April and December last year.
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