A 438 m² room, with 56 integrated monitors and 300 professionals working 24/7 over different shifts. This is the structure operating in the operations area of the National Integrated Command and Control Centre (CICCN), located at the headquarters of the Federal Traffic Police in Brasilia. The centre’s role is to coordinate and follow up security actions during the World Cup. It was put in operation this Friday (23.05).
Subordinated to the Extraordinary Secretariat for the Security of Big Events of the Ministry of Justice (SESGE/MJ), CICCN is the core of a structure spread out through the 12 host cities. In each host city, a Regional Integrated Command and Control Centre is in operation. Rio de Janeiro is also home to the Alternative Integrated Command and Control Centre, on duty in case there is a failure at the other. In addition, Brasilia is the location where the International Police Cooperation Centre will be operated from.
CICCN has been in operation since 13 June 2012, linked up with the regional centres in states that hosted Confederations Cup matches: Bahia, Ceará, Federal District, Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro. The big screen made up by the 56 integrated monitors is connected to cameras, maps and communication tools in the 12 World Cup host cities and training venues. Information is forwarded by 27 mobile command and control centres and 36 elevated observation decks. Communication with the other centres is done through a computer system and links especially developed for this activity.
Multidisciplinary teams are at work in the centres. Among public security operators working at the centre there are members from the Civil, Military and Federal Police forces, as well as Federal Traffic Police, in addition to employees of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency, Ministry of Defence and traffic agencies. Professionals from the ambulance service (SAMU), the National Force and Fire Brigade are also on duty.
From the R$ 27.7 million invested in CICCN’s premises, R$ 10.4 million were used in building the vault, designed to ensure protection to the systems, information and computer equipment. The container is resistant to fire, smoke, gas, flooding, shots from firearms and electromagnetic interference. The centre also has two generators capable of supplying energy to the place for 20 hours in the case of a power outage.
In order to develop the National Integrated Command and Control Centre, the federal government found inspiration on models used in other countries. The team in charge of the project conduced technical visits to Mexico City, London, Madrid, New York, where similar structures have been installed. “Our project’s differential is that it does not involve just one town, but 12 capital cities and provides for coordination among them", explains the Extraordinary Secretariat for the Security of Big Events (SESGE), from the Ministry of Justice Andrei Rodrigues.
The high investment will not be in vain. The CICCN and the regional centres will remain in operation, rendering services to the Brazilian population after the World Cup. The first will be under the charge of the federal government, but to what end it will be put has yet to be decided. The other centres will be under the charge of state security secretariats, plus the Federal District. According to information provided by SESGE, cities where command and control centres are in operation have experienced a reduction in response time by the police or emergency services.