Surveillance systems and 60 agencies handling security concerns ahead of Super Bowl 50

Surveillance systems and 60 agencies handling security concerns ahead of Super Bowl 50

The Washington Times

 

All eyes will be on Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara for this weekend's Super Bowl, but football fans won't be the only ones attentively watching the big game:

 

National security concerns worsened by recent terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino has prompted 60 different federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to descend on the San Francisco Bay Area, and they're bringing surveillance gear too sensitive to even talk about.

 

While the Department of Homeland Security has ultimately been tasked with coordinating operations at the game as it has in years prior, the DHS will be assisted at Super Bowl 50 by the FBI, DEA, TSA, Secret Service, Coast Guard and dozens of other agencies, WIRED reported on Sunday.

 

Unlike previous locales that have hosted the game, however, the Bay Area already is home to an established, state-of-the-art surveillance infrastructure, the likes of which is will be augmented by equipment that will aim to ensure authorities are aware of all activity in the area, suspicious or otherwise.

 

Super Bowl aside, regional law enforcement already has access to an arsenal of spy gear that includes a network of thousands of cameras, license-plate readers, cell-phone surveillance systems and software capable of monitoring social media for suspicious activity, WIRED reported.

 

Read the full story at the Washington Times.