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When you think World Cup, you usually think about the moments on the field: Zidane’s headbutt, Baggio’s shootout kick over the net against Brazil, and so forth. But there’s a ton of stuff happening behind the scenes, especially ensuring that the tournament goes off without a hitch. FIFA is making sure that the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will be extra safe by enlisting military robots for security.

If you watch TV, you’re probably familiar with the new iRobot commercials, which are part weird and part cool. FIFA and iRobot are teaming up to provide the World Cup with 30 PackBot robots (MSRP: roughly $150,000), the type used in the field in Afghanistan and Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant. These badboys will be used via remote control to pick out suspicious objects and navigate through unsafe situations, fingers crossed there won’t be.

Not only will there be robots, but Brazilian police officers will be rocking camera glasses, capturing 400 facial images per second, then uploaded to a database of 13 million faces.

A bit extreme? Maybe, but better safe than sorry. Here’s a look at how the military uses iRobot: