, NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 – During the inauguration of the world’s most powerful man, US President Donald Trump, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington as the world welcomed a new ‘global’ leader.
For people living in volatile situations all over the world, the question was, how do you ensure each and every person is safe from any harm?
But they did it without a single case of insecurity being recorded.
It is the same security system that was used to control the masses and to ensure no bad elements infiltrated Trump’s inauguration that has been adopted at the 62,000 square metre Two Rivers Mall, the largest mall in sub-Saharan Africa, outside of South Africa.
This is just “Two Good to be True.”
The system is exclusively at Two Rivers Mall and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Capital FM News crew visited the expansive mall in a bid to understand the new high tech system that saw some $10 million (Sh1 billion) spent on security alone.
This is meant to ensure every person who visits the mall does not only enjoy the serene environment, shop with style, but do it confidently knowing someone is watching over them.
The digital barrier system, known as the ThruVis TS4C is the world’s most advanced compact people screening camera system, with unparalleled imaging quality and the capability to detect concealed objects at four to 10 metres.
The system can be deployed in both fixed and mobile formats as well, and can be integrated within a wider security architecture ideal for public space protection.
“It has a large depth of field that allows continuous views and the ability to screen a person even when they are in motion,” the mall’s security boss, who did not want to be named and is a former military officer in the British Army, told Capital FM News.
“There is no way that a person can access the mall without going through this system.”
The security system has been strategically positioned in all parts of the mall, making sure every person accessing the precincts or even objects are thoroughly screened – no taking chances.
The system is capable of detecting objects concealed under clothing and can identify, say even a gun, in a crowded place.
According to the security boss, the system can detect metal or plastic weapons, explosives, liquids and currency – anything concealed under clothing at almost 100 per cent effectiveness.
“At Two Rivers you will not be physically screened. We value your space and privacy,” he said, a fact agreed by shoppers who spoke to Capital FM News.
“Two Rivers is probably one of the most secure malls in the world. Centum group invested heavily in security.”
The mall, which so far has received more than 150,000 visitors, decided to install the security system since it screens people swiftly and effectively without delays, that would cause a human traffic.
How does the system work?
The system has “Terahertz cameras that are completely passive.”
Just like any other video camera, they are harmless and do not receive any sensitive body detail.
The system is fitted with a software that helps security details manning it using a laptop, show a colour CCTV image of a person being screened.
If one doesn’t have any object, not even a belt, the security guard will see an entire red body, but anything else turns blue, with a clear outline.
It provides real-time screening, automatic alerts to the mall’s security control room while the software offers configurable recording functions…they can also take a snap of say a suspect for evidential purposes.
CCTV CAMERAS IN THE MALL
The mall has fitted over 500 state-of-the-art CCTV cameras which are closely monitored 24 hours a day by highly trained security guards and experts.
“They are all strategically positioned… some are not physically visible but one should be assured that someone is watching,” he said.
“The mall is a ‘monster’ (extremely huge), and doesn’t require less of security investment.”
To put this into contrast, Kenya fitted it about 1,800 high-powered CCTV cameras in the first phase of the Integrated Command, Control and Communications Centre (iC3), that covered Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu cities – all of them highly populous.