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“Big Brother” program for stadium hooligans, resumed after a one-year pandemic break

The Ministry of Internal Affairs, through the relevant directorate, awarded, at the end of last month, part of a contract for the acquisition of a mobile system for real-time management of participant flows, to which is added a software for the mobile management system in case, related to a year and a half old project, called “Strengthening the capacity of central public administration authorities to optimize the management processes of organizing and conducting major sporting events in Romania.” The project, launched in November 2011, was put up for auction in June last year, in the context in which the European Football Championship 2020 was rescheduled. And after, at the end of last month, there was a risk that UEFA would condition Romania to allow the organization of matches in Bucharest by the presence of spectators, within 30% of the capacity of the arenas, the authorities quickly mobilized and bought part of ” special purpose machines ”.

Since July 23, 2020, the Ministry of Internal Affairs has uploaded to the Electronic Public Procurement System the announcement that it wants to purchase products and services to identify people participating in major sporting events in Bucharest. But the specifications underlying this acquisition were developed and approved on November 8, 2019, bearing the signatures of Secretary of State Raed Arafat, the Inspector General of the Romanian Gendarmerie, General Florea Constantin, and other factors from the Ministry of Interior, announcing the organization of an open tender in this regard.

According to the contract notice, the award criterion for this contract was the best value for money, of which the financial component was 60 percent, and the technical proposal and the additional guarantee, only 40 percent.

Things stopped abruptly, but after the summer of last year, the bidding procedure was resumed only in March of this year. And, on March 30, the Ministry of Internal Affairs announced that it had completed the acquisition, concluding contract no. 600390/2021 in the amount of 1,182,000 lei without VAT (1,406,580 lei) with a profile company – SC Flame Data Technologies SRL, from Ilfov County.

According to the data provided by the National Office of the Trade Register, the winning company was established on March 20, 2015, under the name of SC Frontal Technologies SRL, having as object of activity the wholesale of computers, peripherals and software, being founded by a namely Sebastian Bănică, as sole partner and administrator. Currently, the sole shareholder of the company is Gray Canyon Invest Establishment in Liechtenstein.

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Late championship

Coincidentally or not, the acquisition takes place in the context in which, on 31 March, UEFA decided, at a meeting of the executive committee, to leave it to the local authorities to decide on the number of spectators allowed to enter the stadiums to participate in the EURO 2020 final tournament matches this summer. This, after UEFA also announced that it was very possible to ask the organizers to accept the participation in stadiums of 30% of the capacity of the sports arenas.

It is important that, following a visit organized by the UEFA delegation to Bucharest, the Ministry of Youth and Sports confirmed that 12,500 spectators will be accepted in the stands at each of the matches that will be played on the National Arena.

As it is already known, the Romanian capital will host three matches in Group C and a fourth in the round of 16, with matches scheduled between Austria and Northern Macedonia (on June 13, at 19.00), between Ukraine and Macedonia. North (on June 17, from 16.00), between Ukraine and Austria (on June 21, from 19.00), to which is added the match from the eighth that will oppose the winner of Group F and the team ranked third in a from groups A, B or C, on June 28, 2021, starting with 22.00.

The project was to cost 23.7 million lei

Initially, the specifications developed in November 2019, ie before the Covid-19 pandemic, stated that the period in which the sustainability of the MIA project and, implicitly, of the products purchased within it had to be ensured had to be five years. And the total initial value of the project amounted to 23,739,319 lei, of which 83.98 percent was non-reimbursable financing from funds provided by the European Union, and 16,016 percent was co-financing from the state budget. The project implementation period was, at that time, set at 17 months.

Professional check on a Ford Transit and a Dacia Duster, belonging to the Gendarmerie

At the moment when the Ministry of Interior decided to carry out this project, it invoked an international context marked by the evolution (escalation) of risks and threats during the manifestations that took place in the public space and that involved crowds.

The specifications showed that, in 2020, Bucharest municipal was to host football matches in the final tournament of the European Championship, and these events were estimated to be attended by an impressive number of people.

As such, the contracting authority intended to purchase a mobile system for real-time management of participant flows, which is an integrated set of image capture, consisting of hardware and software, to be arranged on relay vehicles and to ensure the transmission of data to a command center.

The software licenses were to be installed on the work server, located in the analysis center, while the hardware equipment must allow the capture of images and the transmission of data to it, thus providing facilities for identification by facial recognition, both in real time and and post-event, of persons “against whom measures are applied to prohibit access to and participation in football sporting events or who are known to have anti-social behaviors and actions demonstrated during and in connection with public events and which may affect the conduct of sporting events major ”.

Specifically, it aimed to purchase a mobile system, which represents a hardware and vehicle design component, including equipment for capturing images, equipment for transmitting video streams to cars, equipment for transmitting video streams between cars, equipment to be installed the software application, through the mobile management system and which allows the analysis of the received images, to which is added an equipment and services for arranging the cars equipped by the Romanian Gendarmerie. These are a Ford Transit Custom and a Dacia Duster, both manufactured in 2018.

What the facial identification system looks like, how it works and how fast

The purchaser argued that in order to prevent risks, threats and vulnerabilities to the security of participants and spectators in the UEFA EURO 2020 sports competition, it was necessary to purchase this system to be used by public order and security gendarmerie devices in order to detect persons whose presence in crowded areas could generate potential risks.

More precisely, the required package contains two PTZ type video cameras with Infrared or laser illuminator, two professional “Bodycam” type cameras, with fixed lens and focusing distance of 3.6 millimeters, six professional Handhold type cameras ”With zoom lens, two video transmission kits, eight RTPS encoders, named converters, two routers, an IP transmission system set, a graphics server, a rack and two UPS units.

Contracted facial recognition software must be compatible with any model of video or photo camera, be able to analyze images from PTZ cameras, return real-time identification of persons within two seconds of the image being captured by the cameras, and allows new people to be added to the database without interrupting real-time analysis.

Furthermore, applications must be capable of detecting and recognizing the face regardless of the sex, race or age of the person, allow the detection of at least 20 faces of persons per frame simultaneously, and, for a database of eight million faces , the system must return the identification result within 0.2 seconds. The software must also have the ability to recognize people with partially covered faces (at that time no one thought that the face mask would become a mandatory accessory in open public spaces), but to be able to identify people and if there were different changes in appearance, such as beard, mustache or different hairstyle.



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