Halo v5 was used during ‘Operation Golden Orb’, the counterterrorism and security plan devised by the Metropolitan Police.
‘Operation Golden Orb’, the counterterrorism and security plan devised by the Metropolitan Police for the Coronation of King Charles III and the Coronation concert at Windsor Castle, benefitted from Halo’s suite of safety and security technologies.
The Coronation was the United Kingdom’s biggest state event since the Queen’s funeral last September (which Halo was also involved with).
Operation Golden Orb was also the single biggest security and policing operation that the Metropolitan Police had mounted in the capital in recent years, with more than 11,500 police officers and staff protecting 312 of the world’s leaders and visiting dignitaries.
Working with private and public sector partner agencies, the Halo v5 system was responsible for monitoring and protecting infrastructure and transport links. It was also deployed to monitor crowd ingress and egress through places like Waterloo and Windsor train stations for both events.
Halo’s primary function was to deal with crowd safety, incident management, monitoring of security personnel and assets, as well as to implement counterterrorism prevention strategies, monitoring for suspicious persons, packages, vehicles and baggage.
Former police and counterterrorism officer Lloyd Major, Founder and CEO of Halo Solutions, said: “We were delighted and honoured to have played a small but important role, working with our partner agencies and clients to help maintain public and crowd safety for the Coronation at key locations and surrounding infrastructure with an estimated 20,000 people travelling to Windsor to attend the Coronation concert and many more in central London.
“This was an incredibly well organised event by the Metropolitan Police and huge credit to all the security companies and partner agencies involved, pulling this off with little to no incident whilst the eyes of the world were upon us.
“Security and crowd safety of the public at major events has never been more important following the disasters of Hillsborough and more recently, the Manchester Arena bombing of the Ariana Grande concert, Astroworld, Itaewon crush deaths and the o2 Brixton Academy fatalities. Following any major disaster or terrorist incident, the words ‘lessons will be learned’ are an all-too familiar chorus so it’s great to see the use of pro-active and preventative measures, such as Halo and other tools and training all being deployed to best effect .”