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The Football Safety Officers Association (FSOA) of England and Wales was formed in 1992 and aims to develop and improve all aspects of stadium safety. Dallmeier, one of the world’s leading providers of solutions for network-based video surveillance and an expert in stadium security, has now signed a three-year sponsorship and partner agreement with FSOA.

Dallmeier UK offers various solutions to enable FSOA members (both Premier League and non-Premier League Clubs) to update and enhance their video surveillance solutions to meet the modern challenges faced by today’s stadiums and to implement the latest technological advancements in surveillance in a cost effective manner.

Dallmeier will provide advice to stadiums on video surveillance systems (VSS), including a free system audit with a road map for future CCTV development to meet the individual requirements of each stadium.

FSOA members will benefit from preferential pricing and discounted video surveillance solutions available from Dallmeier UK’s Authorised Partners, to either compliment or replace their existing VSS. There is also funding potential from the FSOA for non-Premier League Clubs, based on an agreed selection criteria be it for a one off large number of spectators attended game, or for partial or complete upgrade of the existing CCTV system to High Definition video surveillance.

The aims of the agreement are to improve stability and resilience in the surveillance systems of stadiums and to ensure that captured incidents are of evidential quality and sound for use as evidence. Dallmeier is offering scalable match day surveillance systems, from small to large scale solutions – so the right solution for every need.

 

About Dallmeier

Dallmeier has at its disposal more than 30 years experience in transmission, recording, as well as picture processing technology and is an outstanding pioneer of CCTV/IP solutions worldwide. This profound knowledge is used in the development of intelligent software and high quality recorder and camera technologies, enabling Dallmeier to not only offer stand-alone systems, but complete network solutions up to large-scale projects with perfectly integrated components. Right from the beginning the company always focused on own innovative developments and highest quality and reliability. Dallmeier is the only manufacturer in Germany that develops and manufactures all components in-house. This includes the entire product range, from cameras to picture storage and transmission to intelligent video analysis and even individually adjusted management systems.

Over the years, Dallmeier has repeatedly given fresh impetus to the market with new developments and extraordinary innovations. The world’s first DVR for example, which introduced digital recording to the entire CCTV industry, came from Dallmeier. The multifocal sensor system Panomera® will have a similarly groundbreaking effect: This unique and novel camera technology will revolutionise the market and open up completely new possibilities to the video security industry. This and the extensive experience in the CCTV and IP field have led to a top position in the international market for digital video surveillance systems.

For further information, go to: www.dallmeier.com and www.panomera.com

Dallmeier was once again a show sponsor and exhibitor at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, which was hosted by the Singapore Sports Hub; one of Dallmeier’s client venues. Dallmeier’s Roland Meier, Head of Panomera® Multifocal Sensor Systems, was one of the industry experts that took part in the ‘Technology in Stadia: Key considerations when assessing requirements for your venue’ panel session.

Vlado Damjanovski book on Panomera® multifocal sensor technology

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The well-known Australian author, inventor and video surveillance technology expert, Vlado Damjanovski, has written a book about Panomera® multifocal sensor technology.

 

In his book, entitled “The Panomera® Effect: A new camera technology by DallmeierDamjanovski discusses, among other topics, the concept of the multifocal sensor technology and its advantages for installation. The book also deals with aspects such as depth of field, picture quality, low light and dynamic range.

 

Damjanovski commented:

When I saw the Panomera® concept for the first time it was of no surprise to me that such innovation came from Dallmeier. The underlying concept of the Panomera® appears simple, yet the way in which it is executed, how the hardware is put together and how the software works, is very critical for the perfect results obtained. This stylish innovation could only have been achieved by a ground-breaking engineering company such as Dallmeier. I was absolutely delighted to accept the invitation by Mr. Dieter Dallmeier to produce this booklet about the Panomera®.

Having now written and published four large technical books about CCTV, as well as producing CCTV technical magazines, I feel well versed in being able to comment about this new camera system. When innovations such as the Panomera® come about, they bring a dynamism to an industry where engineering concepts succeed into engineering product reality. The  Panomera® will open up new horizons in the ever evolving CCTV industry.

 

The Panomera® Effect book is available both in English and German, with copies available online at: http://www.dallmeier.com/index.php?id=1017&L=1

 

About Dallmeier

Dallmeier has at its disposal more than 30 years of experience in transmission, recording as well as picture processing technology and is an outstanding pioneer of CCTV/IP solutions worldwide. This profound knowledge is used in the development of intelligent software and high quality recorder and camera technologies enabling Dallmeier to not only offer stand-alone systems, but complete network solutions up to large-scale projects with perfectly integrated components. Right from the beginning the company always focused on own innovative developments and highest quality and reliability. Dallmeier is the only manufacturer in Germany that develops and manufactures all components on its own. This includes the entire product range, from cameras to picture storage and transmission to intelligent video analysis and even individually adjusted management systems.

Over the years, Dallmeier has repeatedly given fresh impetus to the market with new developments and extraordinary innovations. The world’s first DVR for example, which introduced digital recording to the entire CCTV industry, came from Dallmeier. The multifocal sensor system Panomera® will have a similarly groundbreaking effect: This unique and novel camera technology will revolutionise the market and open up completely new possibilities to the video security industry. This and the extensive experience in the CCTV and IP field have led to a top position in the international market for digital video surveillance systems.

 

For further information, go to:

www.dallmeier.com

www.panomera.com

 

ISC Singapore to debate ‘Safety and Security in Sports Venues’ at next week’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event

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Integrated Security Consultants Ltd (ISC Group) is celebrating its expansion into Asia and the company’s involvement in the state-of-the-art Singapore Sports Hub, one year after its launch in the country. To mark this, ISC Singapore Senior Director, Roger Hooker, will be speaking on the subject of ‘Safety & security considerations in sport venues’ at next week’s Stadia Arena Asia Pacific conference on September 25, sharing some of the company’s perspectives after one year of incorporation in Singapore, as well as the ISC Group’s extensive global venue safety and security knowledge. He will speak alongside Greg Gillin of consortium partner DTZ, Senior Director of Stadia at the Singapore Sports Hub.

 

Party time in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore. Party time in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore. ©iStock.com/warrengoldswain

Party time in the Southeast Asian city of Singapore. ©iStock.com/warrengoldswain

ISC Group decided to launch into Asia in 2013, as a result of an opportunity to work with DTZ Facilities and Engineering (S) Limited, which has overall health and safety responsibility at the Sports Hub. The futuristic-looking SGD$1.33bn facility, which opened earlier this year, includes a 55,000-seat National Stadium, the OCBC Arena for indoor sports, the OCBC Aquatic Centre, a Water Sports Centre, sports library and museum, visitor centre, retail mall, and community facilities.

 

Hooker, whose previous experience includes roles at Wembley and the Olympic Games, explains:

The opportunity came about from ISC’s long association with Wembley National Stadium Limited, recognising our expertise of supporting operations at an iconic national stadium and knowledge and experience in venue security operations, event crowd safety, international consultancy, training, and workforce operations; from recruitment to deployment.  We wanted to take up this challenge and explore opportunities in Asia and so created a Singaporean subsidiary – ISC Singapore.

 

The team has had many challenges to overcome, as Hooker explains:

As ISC’s first international business unit, this was a leap of faith. We were very aware that demand for part-time labour in Singapore far outstrips the supply, and that the security workforce is transient and very dollar sensitive.  The brief from DTZ was to assist in building a locally sourced security team – and in the same timeframe and against the already highly competitive labour market, the Sports Hub itself was also recruiting with for thousands of frontline staff  – including cleaning, catering, security, ushers and crowd safety personnel, to name just a few functions.

On arrival, we really started to understand the statutory legal framework DTZ has to adhere to. Within weeks, on behalf of our client providing services to the Sports Hub, we had to establish some introductions, for example with the Workforce Development Agency (a government body with objectives to ensure the population is kept in employment and trained), with approved training providers and key regulatory bodies such as the Singaporean Police Force Licensing Regulatory Division.

 

The team has gained enormously from the experience of working in Singapore, but there has also been some key experience and knowledge that they have been able to bring from the UK, as Hooker advises:

For example, while the risk of potential crowd disorder is perceived to be lower in Singapore compared to other locations, it still requires specialist training. The big message we brought with us was, respectfully, in our view, ‘crowd management isn’t security’. And that’s a relatively new theme here. Securing the integrity of a site requires different skill sets to managing tens of thousands of eager and excited spectators to a new multi venue location, all arriving and departing on public transport.  In that sense, it’s like the London 2012 Olympic Park. At present, both are licensable activities, and the same core training modules allow you to do both.

 

The experience of operating in a new market has inevitably required research, adaption of existing policies and procedures and patience, as Hooker explains:

We’ve learnt that Singapore is understandably a proud nation, and so it’s about working within the existing frameworks to make an impact – not slamming a ‘West knows best’ approach into the market.  

 

ISC Singapore is now focusing on a number of strategic aims, including building its team in Singapore, becoming a licensed security & crowd management provider, developing specialist training courses and recruitment processes, and bringing the Group’s respected consultancy capability, which is already engaged on projects worldwide, such as in Saudi, Russia, Mexico, Qatar as well as throughout the UK.

 

The company will be building a full-time security workforce of its own from late 2014 and this will extend to part-time crowd safety officer roles in 2015. It is also exploring other opportunities across this international hub city, which hosts events such as Formula 1, air shows and regular racedays at the Singapore Turf Club.

 

Landscape of Singapore's business district.  ©iStock.com/anek_s

Landscape of Singapore’s business district. ©iStock.com/anek_s

Hooker is optimistic about the future, saying:

We landed into a complex jigsaw. Everything felt different in our first overseas project – very different indeed. So the ‘snow globe’ was well and truly shaken. We embraced this new path and every day, things changed.  One year on, we now have a strong profile in Singapore, local employees in the office team, and a great strategy as to what services we can bring to the marketplace in the future. I guess you could say we ‘survived’ the landing!

 

For further information on ISC and ISC Singapore, visit:

www.isc.sg
www.iscltd.net

SAE Asia Pacific 2014 red box

ISC’s Roger Hooker and Greg Gillin of DTZ will be imparting their global knowledge during the panel session entitled ‘Safety and Security in Sports Venues‘ on September 25, during next week’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and trade show, taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 24 to 26. The full conference program, show guide and speaker details can be viewed online at:  www.saevents.uk.com

Roger Hooker and Greg Gillin will provide their insights during their global knowledge during the panel session entitled ‘Safety and Security in Sports Venues‘ on September 25.

Roger Hooker (above) and Greg Gillin (below) will provide their insights during the panel session entitled ‘Safety and Security in Sports Venues‘ on September 25.

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Soccer safety concerns as new season ‘kicks off’

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A new soccer season has highlighted a number of safety concerns at football stadiums. In England and Wales, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Association of Chief Police Officers has issued a statement setting out their joint policy on the way violence, disorder, criminal damage and abuse in and around football matches will be approached.

The statement identifies “emerging challenges” for police and prosecutors, including homophobic chanting, the assault of players by fans and the use of flares or fireworks within grounds. These are issues affecting steward training and ground rules.

Nick Hawkins, lead sports prosecutor at the CPS, said most football fans were well behaved and there had been a rise in the numbers of families at matches because of “friendlier atmospheres”.

Hawkins told the BBC that guidelines previously issued had helped reduce homophobic chanting so that prosecutions were now fewer. A deterrent which is proving effective is the banning order, which lasts a minimum of three years.

In Burma, Myanmar football supporters tore up seats and invaded the pitch in Wunna Theikdi Stadium during a league match between Naypyidaw FC and Yangon United FC attended by 20,000.

The stadium has just been built in the capital Naypyidaw for the 27th SEA Games. AFP reported that the inaugural game was called off before the half-time whistle after fighting broke out between the players and spread to the fans.

The wider stadium complex will hold a variety of sporting events during the Games, including swimming, archery and boxing. Photo courtesy of SEA Games Myanmar.

Celtic has closed a section of their stadium in Glasgow, Scotland,  to ensure meeting its Stadium General Safety Certificate after warnings to fans to remain seated during matches were ignored. Fans in section 111, home to the ‘Green Brigade’, will now be offered a refund or given the chance to relocate. A club statement read:

We have been left with no option but to take steps to ensure the safety of our supporters.

The club mentioned unsafe “lateral movement of spectators” and “body surfing” and damage to 190 seats over the last four home matches. At a recent Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville, pyrotechnics were set off during the match requiring a stadium announcement. The club is now subject to disciplinary action for a contravention of UEFA’s safety and security regulations.

 

Olympic Stadium calls on Showsec for Anniversary Games

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On the anniversary of the London 2012 Olympic Games Showsec was selected as the stewarding company to be entrusted with the prestigious sporting events held at the Olympic Stadium, including the National Lottery Anniversary Run and the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.

Showsec was contracted by Live Nation on behalf of UK Athletics, organisers of the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games, and Nova International Limited, the event delivery partner for the National Lottery Anniversary Run.

Live Nation and Showsec helped to deliver a magnificent experience in the stadium, as 180,000 fans in total attended what was the largest athletics meeting to be held in the UK outside of the Olympic Games.

Given the high interest in the event, chief steward Steve Reynolds headed an 80 strong management and supervisory team that oversaw the 600 Showsec staff brought in to assist capacity crowds. John Probyn, CCO Live Nation commented:

I’m very proud of the Live Nation and Showsec teams for helping UK Athletics deliver this spectacular event in a great stadium.

Reynolds said:

There was a five month planning process to ensure the appropriate levels of staff could operate successfully in the stadium, which included writing new operational policies as the LOCOG procedures implemented last year had changed significantly and were not practical for this event.

I am very pleased at how supervisors and staff took in the bespoke on-line training module specific to the event, which equipped them to be knowledgeable and confident going seamlessly into the opening evening on the Friday.

Showsec management and supervisors attended a dedicated training evening prior to the events, to familiarise themselves with ingress and egress, circulation routes, contingency plan testing and communications structures, along with understanding the expected customer service levels.

UK Sports Ground Safety Authority has two new inspectors

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Geoff Galilee (pictured left) and Ken Scott have joined the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) as inspectors. Galilee will be covering football clubs in London and the South East on a part time basis. He has considerable experience in the administration and enforcement of sports grounds safety and in particular major events, after having responsibility for both the old and new Wembley Stadiums for some 26 years.

During this time he was also an author for the HSE’s ‘Purple Guide’ on event safety, Chair of the Wembley Stadium SAG and then Head of Stadium Safety and Event Regulation and Chair of the Special SAG for Wembley during the 2012 Olympics.

Ken will be the Inspector for football clubs in the North and North East. He joins from Sunderland City Council where he headed up building control and planning services and had additional responsibilities in the areas of safety of sports grounds and event management and for the last 11 years held the role of chair of the Sunderland, Stadium of Light Safety Advisory Group.

His recent chairmanships include the Core Cities Group Safety of Sports Grounds and Event Management Group and the RICS Building Control Professional Group.

Ken was the City Council’s lead technical officer and chair of the Major Event Safety Advisory Group in its partnership with Sunderland Football Club in the production of major music concerts at the Stadium of Light. The venue has played host to over 750,000 music fans over the last five years attracted by international recording artists such as Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay and Oasis.

First Golden Eagle Award goes to ISS 24/7 for Cowboys Stadium work

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ISS 24/7 recently accepted the first annual Golden Eagle Award, sponsored by SDM, at the 2013 National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) Conference for its case study on the use of the ISS 24/7 Incident Management System in Cowboys Stadium.

There were five entries for the 2013 award, which recognises excellence in the safety and security aspects of sports venues by their designers, builders and installers. Scott Meyers, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, ISS 24/7, said:

We’re truly honoured to be the inaugural winner of this award. The NCS4 has become the most important organisation to address safety and security at sporting events. Knowing that our services are making a difference in the industry makes the entire team at ISS 24/7 extremely proud. We share this award with all of our clients, as they are the ones whose feedback has allowed us to continually enhance and develop the products to the level they are today.

With three million square feet, a capacity of nearly 100,000 people and hosting marquee events such as Super Bowl XLV, the NBA All Star Game, and NCAA Final Four, Cowboys Stadium is a busy and complex operating environment. To support events, Cowboys Stadium utilises two command centres to coordinate the communications and activities of more than 6,000 stadium personnel.

Currently the stadium is expanding its wireless communications networks and expects to deploy the ISS 24/7 handheld units to more than 400 event-day personnel.

What-if scenario management software for venue security

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INCONTROL used the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition 16-18 July at Walt Disney World, Florida, to release its SportEvac 2.0: Training, Operations and Planning software for venues. SportEvac is a software system to aid in the ‘what-if’ scenario management, daily operations and staff training for those responsible for venue and event security

While using SportEvac 2.0, venue and event managers, decision and policy makers, as well as the emergency response team can achieve goals, for example: ensure the safety of venue visitors, optimise preparedness by performing ‘what-if’ scenario analysis in a virtual environment, decrease evacuation times, and create situational awareness.

INCONTROL believes that although venues and event organisations have increased security preparedness, enhanced response capabilities and developed emergency plans in recent years, there remains a difficulty in preparing and training for the wide variety of emergencies that cannot be rehearsed in real life. To help overcome these challenges, INCONTROL and NCS4 (National Center for Spectator Sport Safety & Security) have developed SportEvac 2.0.

SportEvac 2.0 can enhance the user situational knowledge to optimise their decision-making capabilities of preparedness, response and assessment. Users will be better prepared to mitigate, respond and recover from both natural and/or man-made crises and enhance daily operations.