chapter  7
12 Pages

Protecting America’s Biggest Sporting Spectacle

ByJonathan D. Breul

Protecting New York City, with its eight million residents, crowded streets and high profile, was an even larger chore. An ecosystem of law enforcement, federal agencies, industry partners, smartphones, tablets, and more was built around one of the biggest events of the year. In information technology, Big Data is defined as a collection of data sets so large and complex that it becomes difficult to process using on-hand database management tools or traditional data processing applications. Planning for the Super Bowl commences years in advance with site visits, consultations, and observations at prior Super Bowl venues. The US Coast Guard helped local authorities secure canals and rivers that pass next to the stadium complex. "The idea is to collaborate among lots and lots of agencies and partners," said Anthony Beverina, president of public safety and commercial business at Haystax Technology, which provided threat-detection technology and cloud services. The expertise evaluators bring to addressing issues of public management is critical.