The Super Bowl is one of the few sporting events to receive national security status in the United States, and to make sure the event goes off without a hitch, over 60 authoritative bodies, from local to federal, are involved. The City of Tampa has worked with real-time communications firm E-SPONDER for over a year to create a security plan that incorporates both onsite and remote teams that will track all activity in real-time via mapping, 3D displays, 2-way radio and real-time communications.
Using enterprise IT firm Infusion Development’s Falcon Eye technology, real-time mapping will be viewed on Microsoft’s multi-touch Surface display, and incorporate Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D maps. Microsoft Surface will allow the security detail to zoom and pan maps, not only in the stadium area, but throughout Tampa, allowing the team to proactively prevent any problems.
You can see how it works in the video below.
Right now Microsoft Surface is only available to commercial consumers, and costs either $12, 500 for a single unit, or $15, 000 for the unit, 5 seats, and support. The company expects Surface to be available for individual purchase in 2 to 4 years, but I’m not sure too many people will have the that kind of cash to fork out for it. Better bring the price down a bit Microsoft.