If you are one of those people who hates the physical frisking security check when gaining entrance to institutions, then Two Rivers Mall is the place for you.
The mall, East and Central Africa’s biggest, has adopted a high-tech security system similar to the one used during President Donald Trump’s inauguration.
The system which is exclusively used at the mall and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport saw some $10 million (Sh1 billion) spent on security alone, reports Capital FM News.
Known as the ThruVis TS4C, the digital barrier system, 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.
It 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.”
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.
The system uses Terahertz cameras that are completely passive. Like any other video camera, they are harmless and do not receive any sensitive body detail.
It is fitted with a software that helps security details manning it using a laptop, show a colour CCTV image of a person being screened.
Without any object, not even a belt, the system will show an entire red body, but anything else turns blue, with a clear outline.
It provides real-time screening and automatic alerts to the mall’s security control room while the software offers configurable recording functions which can take a snap of a suspect for evidential purposes.
The entire mall is also fitted with 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,” said the security boss.
It also has over 60 uniformed and civilian-clothed armed police officers and over 800 highly trained security guards.
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Additional Reporting by Capital FM News.