By Vladimir Shelepov

Date: 30.09.2021

As of today, NCC Middle East is launching a technical blog where its experts will share their knowledge and experience with the professional community.  Upcoming plans include articles on e-Government, smart city, special security technologies, intelligent video surveillance.

We have decided to start with a short note about one of the “flagship” areas of our work, which is related to ensuring the security for international mass events. 

Expo 2020 opens tomorrow, and it is the first event of this scale in the region. Postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, long-awaited for Dubai, the UAE and, perhaps, the whole World. 

Despite the fact that Dubai is one of the safest places in the world, we should not underestimate the threats accompanying such events.  Therefore, at Expo 2020, like at any similar event, all the necessary security measures will be taken. 

Typically, when ensuring the security of such events, a set of technical means for the inspection of people and vehicles, as well as perimeter security systems, intelligent video surveillance systems, access control and management systems are used.

Recently, various temperature monitoring systems, indicators of dangerous biological agents, and systems for remote screening of people with wearables have been added to them.

The rapid development of drones has led to the use of countermeasures against unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – systems for detecting, suppressing, and monitoring UAVs.

The Event Management System class systems play a crucial role, enabling a rapid response to incidents that occur.

However, the key element of the system is the integration of its various components to achieve effective security management.

We will find out how things will go with the security of Expo 2020 very soon.

Based on my personal experience in preparing and holding international mass events, I can say that the first week will be the most exciting for the organizers. Theory and training are very important, but real life always makes its own adjustments.  


“Dubai has accumulated considerable experience in hosting various mass events, but Expo 2020 will be a unique experience.  It is very important to maintain concentration over a long period of time, and it is a challenge to keep the event at a high level for half a year.  I wish Dubai to cope with this challenge with dignity, and the guests of the Emirate to enjoy their visit to the Expo.”