Patriot One Technologies (PAT.T) recently sold its Patscan multisensor covert threat detection platform, including its security system, to re-seller and partner Ginter Electrical Contractors of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Major League Baseball franchise the Cincinnati Reds.
“We’re extremely excited to be deploying our PATSCAN Platform with Ginter Electrical and the Cincinnati Reds, Major League Baseball’s first professional team. Working with our reseller Ginter and the Reds’ security team has been a fantastic experience. Both organizations are focused on creating a safe venue without making it feel like a fortress so fans can enjoy the game of baseball,” said Martin Cronin, CEO of Patriot One.
The odds on ISIS choosing the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati as the starting location for their 2020 American jihad tour aren’t good, but if we’ve learned anything from 2018 it’s that more local, homegrown terrorism can appear anywhere.
Still, it’s a sad indictment that wherever humans gather in large concentrations there’s always the probability of violence. It may either be low or high, but it’s always there in the back of our minds. Our species hasn’t yet evolved the ability to read minds, so we’ve had to develop sufficiently advanced abilities to be able to read the environment around us, and sometimes, yeah, it doesn’t work.
Back in the late oughts, my then fiancee and I marched the streets of Vancouver to protest the Olympics. We waved signs and yelled inane slogans, and kept an eye out for idiots in black ski masks. Those idiots appeared and we moved away from the heat. The end result was some broken glass, some looting and violence.
We were lucky. No guns. No bombs. Just idiots in ski masks. Maybe with clubs. Certainly dangerous, but not exactly the 1972 Munich Games, where the Palestinian militant group Black Sunday took the Israeli national team hostage, and eventually killed 11 athletes and coaches and one German police officer after a 16-hour standoff.
Nor was it 2002 in the Basques region of Spain when the particularly psychotic band of separatists, the Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) detonated a car bomb close to Madrid’s main stadium, the Bernabau, hours before the start of Real Madrid’s Champions League semi-final against arch rivals Barcelona.
Comparatively, American major league sports aren’t as bad at the elite level. The biggest scandal in American elite level sports in the past few years has involved kneeling, rather than carbombs and facial disfigurement, so we don’t draw the same attention—likely due to a lack of nationalist sentiment, religious and cultural differences.
At the lower levels, there has been violence. For example, this year, a 17-year old kid shot up a high school (American) football game in Alabama, and that variety of violence has been on the rise for reasons that have sociologists baffled.
But the United States has a problem the rest of the world doesn’t share.
Now in the wake of the recent attacks in Paris, major sports leagues have been increasing their security.
But nothing strips away the fancy-free feeling of a day at the ballpark with mom and dad than getting the full pat-down from armed guards in full combat gear with AR-15’s.
“We pride ourselves in providing a safe environment for our fans and employees. A covert threat detection solution like Patriot One’s Patscan platform offers us the opportunity to detect threats early enough to prevent any issues. Major league baseball games are fun and entertaining. Our entire organization is focused to keep it that way today and for years to come,” said John Cordova, Cincinnati Reds’ director of public safety.
Maybe with more companies like PAT taking the field, we won’t need to worry so much.
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