In 2017, the capital of Kazakhstan Astana hosted the Expo 2017 World Exhibition focused on the “Future Energy”. It was one of the largest international events ever held in Kazakhstan which attracted around 3 million visitors and 100 countries with their national pavilions. The government of Kazakhstan invested great efforts and budgets to establish a spectacular exhibition complex.
The international nature of the Astana Expo 2017, the substantial degree of international and national media attention, and the numerous foreign representatives and visitors turned this “Mega Event” to a high-level target for criminals, terrorists. and groups of extremists aiming to generate public disorder.
Securing such an event poses a complex security challenge. On the one hand, there is a security need to inspect all entrants and secure, as much as possible, the facilities, employees and visitors, while on the other hand it is necessary to create an open event for masses of visitors who should be free, with great pleasure and convenience.
A local company Timir was appointed by the Government of Kazakhstan to design and install security and “low voltage” systems for all components of the exhibition. During the two years prior to the opening date, Timir hired J. Gordon Consulting Engineers Ltd. to assist in the design of the Integrated Security System that was implemented for the protection of this prestige event