Coachella 2018: How the festival and other large events are using drones and other high-tech security


Major concerts and sporting events are getting high-tech in the name of security, going beyond standard metal detectors with everything from drones to 3-D mapping to keep attendees safe.

The eye in the sky will be real when the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival kicks off its twin weekends this Friday at the Empire Polo Club, where Indio Police will use drones for the first time in the festival’s history, according to Sgt. Dan Marshall.

Some potential uses of the technology at Coachella, which runs Friday, April 13, through Sunday, April 15, before an encore April 20-22, include looking at traffic flows and pedestrian movement outside the festival grounds.

There’s a chance drones could be used inside the festival if a public safety issue arises, Marshall said, but the plan will be to rely mostly on officers inside the venue.

Drones have been used in previous years by the festival for footage and for a light show.

On the security side, the inclusion of drones at this year’s festival is part of a yearly tradition to implement new measures, Marshall said.

“That’s just what makes this festival so unique,” he said. “Everybody is always trying in every way, shape and form to make it better.”

Marshall said the primary focus every year is to ensure public safety.

“We believe that we can achieve that through a balance of providing the best security we can without the appearance of it being overbearing,” he said.

The tools will also be in place for Coachella’s sister event, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, which happens April 27-29 at the polo field.

Coachella and Stagecoach producer Goldenvoice did not respond to a request for comment. However, it addressed security in the frequently asked questions section of the Coachella website.

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Source:: The Mercury News

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