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Mobile security checkpoint deployed successfully at Donnington Park Raceway

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A new mobile security checkpoint was operationally launched at the Zoo Project Festival held over three days at Donnington Park Raceway. Access Risk Control’s (ARC) mobile security checkpoint has applications around venues that need to set up a security cordon for a major event, such as an Olympics, or as part of a concert audience queuing system.

AP Security Manager Chris Holland, following discussion and agreement with ZOO Promoter Oli Bartlam of Full Fat Events, utilised the ARC checkpoint with great success. Holland said:

The ARC mobile system provided us with full audience and baggage screening facilities to airport style, which removed the possibility of weapons, banned items and other illegal objects entering the festival site. We were also able to monitor the campsite areas using a stand-alone ARC CCTV tower fitted with both HD day and night vision fully managed cameras with data capture.

The comprehensive CCTV images were fed back, via secured wifi to the control unit in real time with full auditing capability for evidential gathering. Holland observed that use of the ARC mobile units was simple, quickly positioned and they are fully operating within 45 minutes.

A spokesman for Leicestershire Police, who were in attendance throughout the weekend, said that they were impressed with the ARC unit’s capabilities, operation and the excellent level of quality equipment. He felt such mobility able to attend anywhere, anytime would be an asset in any crowd management situation, saying:

As a soft deterrent we believe they should be introduced across the event market to increase safety and reduce crime. We welcome and recommend the use of such clever user-friendly solutions.

ARC’s Commercial Director Roger Edwards said the company intended rolling out a rental fleet over the coming months to provide major events with a range of solutions that uses current state of the art fully tested and certified equipment. He said:

We are in discussions with major film and TV companies wanting to vet visitors, in addition to the event industry, law enforcement authorities and government agencies around the world.

He added that recent media reporting of drug deaths at festivals highlighted the increasing need to more effectively monitor crowds for their own safety. The Mobile Security Unit won the Innovation Award at The London International Security Expo.


Galway Races and Sword celebrate 15-year partnership

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Sword, a Republic of Ireland-based crowd safety and security company, is celebrating its 15th consecutive year as the only contracted private security company at the seven-day Galway Races.

The Summer Races has a long and exciting history as Ireland’s foremost horseracing event of the calendar, and has been commemorated in a host of songs and poems, perhaps most famously by W. B. Yeats in ‘At Galway Races’. Its location is also one of Ireland’s most beautiful, on the edge of Galway Bay.

Diarmuid Smyth, CEO of Sword, was Security Manager for the event, and he commented:

We employed hundreds of our staff on site, both stewards and licensed staff, providing a safe and secure environment – but also acting as a host on behalf of the organiser, ensuring everyone feels welcome.

The Galway Races is a festival for everyone, traditionally running for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. Highlights of the Summer Festival include Ladies’ Day and Family Day and a very popular Mad Hatters’ Competition.

Sword’s international operations, headed by recently appointed Chief Operating Officer Bert van Horck, now include an assignment at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium on the opening day of the new Football League season.