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The RFU have announced this week that they will be implementing new security measures for the upcoming RBS 6 Nations games held at Twickenham Stadium.

This will include additional security arrangements for bag searches and pat-downs, which will be in place at all entrance points to the stadium and the west fan village.

Match day ticket holders are being advised to arrive at Twickenham Stadium at least 45 minutes before kick-off to allow for these security checks to operate efficiently. Spectators are also being asked not to bring large bags, sports bags or rucksacks into the stadium on match day.

The RFU is working closely with the police and security forces to ensure the safety of those attending games at Twickenham Stadium during the tournament.

Twickenham will host two matches during the RBS 6 Nations, with England to face Ireland on February 27, followed by Wales on March 12.

These heightened security measures follow last November’s terrorist attacks during which three suicide bombers tried to enter France’s National Stadium, Stade de France, as part of a coordinated attack across the city that killed 130 people.

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.

ICSS calls for stronger international standards in training and educating sport safety and security professionals

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With the growing safety and security challenges now facing sport, the ICSS has called for the development of stronger international standards to train and educate sport safety and major event security managers.

 

Speaking to top football clubs, stadium managers and venue owners at last week’s ESSMA Summit, held at the Allianz Arena in Germany, Helmut Spahn (pictured), Director General, ICSS, said:

Training and educating those who look after our safety and security in sport is a major responsibility for any major event organiser or sport venue operator. However, at the moment, it is clear that many clubs, leagues and associations do not provide enough opportunities for their safety and security managers to learn from other sports and major events.

 

As a first step and as part of our commitment to sharing expertise to help safeguard sport, the ICSS has developed the first International Advanced Studies Programme on Sport Safety and Security Management with SRH University Heidelberg to encourage the development of an international standard in training and educating within the sport safety and security management industry.

 

With many new and emerging threats now facing sport, as good practice the ICSS would encourage clubs, leagues and associations across all sports to enrol on courses like this and provide more opportunities for their safety and security workforce to learn about emerging trends and techniques developing within the industry.

 

Organised by ESSMA and supported by the EPFL, ECA and the ICSS, some of the organisations attending the ESSMA Summit included: FC Barcelona, FIFA, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid CF, Arsenal FC, Wembley, Manchester United, Liga de Futbol Profesional, ACF Fiorentina, AS Monaco FC and Dallas Cowboys.

 

Speaking on the ICSS’s contribution to the ESSMA Summit, Dimitri Huygen, Managing Director of ESSMA, said:

 

The challenge of securing major sport events and international venues has never been greater and once again the ICSS has added considerable knowledge and experience to the event, as well as their cutting-edge expertise in sport safety and security. This has been of enormous benefit to our members.

 

The ICSS is continuing to play an important and active role in leading the development of the sport safety and security industry. On behalf of ESSMA, I look forward to continuing our work with the ICSS, as well as other organisations including the ECA and EPFL.

 

For further information regarding the International Advanced Studies Programme on Sport Safety and Security Management and how to apply, please visit ICSS’ website at: www.asp.theicss.org/home or email: advancedstudies@theicss.org

 

NB: Our Q1/Spring ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management will include a special roundtable debate-style feature discussing ‘Safety & Security: The Key Challenges for Designers, Operators and Suppliers’. If you are in charge of safety and security at a sports venue and would like to provide your industry insights, please email the Editor, Katie McIntyre, at: katie@aladltd.co.uk

 

About the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS)

The ICSS is an international, independent and not-for-profit organisation. With an aim to improve security, safety and integrity throughout the world of sport; the ICSS works with governments, federations, clubs, leagues and event organisers.

 

The ICSS provides expertise, services and global knowledge, advising on event and venue safety, strategic security and investigations into corruption in sport.

 

Image: ICSS Security Expert Summit Vienna 2013; Copyright: ICSS/Christian Hofer, 16.5.2013

 

Başakşehir Stadium ‘sports’ sound reinforcement system

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Alongside the long-established Beşiktaş, Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe, a fourth Istanbul club is making waves on the Turkish soccer scene, Başakşehir, which was founded in 1990.

The Club’s new stadium seats 20,000 and satisfies the highest modern standards. An important role in this is played by the venue’s sound reinforcement system. The installation of which was entrusted to the Istanbul-based Electro-Voice distributor, Atempo, with Istanbul Regional Director, Volkan Konuralp, leading the team.

The solution proposed by Atempo – a combined pro sound and evacuation system – saw off strong competition to secure the commission.

During the planning phase, sophisticated simulation software was employed to discover the optimal sound reinforcement solution. This turned out to comprise of 52 full-range enclosures from Electro-Voice’s EVH series to provide homogeneous coverage of the seating areas – the horns of half of these EVH-1152 cabinets have a 90° x 40°, and the rest a 90° x 60°, dispersion pattern; an N8000 digital matrix, which is responsible for the supervision and control of the installation; and 18 Electro-Voice CPS 4.10 power amplifiers equipped with RCM-810 remote control modules. These 4 x 1,000 Watts amplifiers employ a patented technology known as Variable Load Drive. This enables the power amplifier to always deliver full power at variable loads.

With this installation, Başakşehir Stadium becomes the latest in a long line of top international arenas now equipped with EVH enclosures from Electro-Voice’s EV Innovation series.

Konuralp advised:

Başakşehir’s directors are extremely enthused by the performance of the system. Announcements are clearly intelligible and the reproduction of recorded music is powerful, with sound quality that is first class. For a Turkish stadium, this is something new.

Konuralp firmly expects the Başakşehir installation to become a reference point in the region, with the horn-loaded, weatherproof versions of these coaxial loudspeakers – fruits of the model diversity of the EV Innovation series – meeting particularly well with the sound reinforcement needs of stadium planners.

The sound reinforcement design divides the Başakşehir Stadium into eight separate zones. All the power amplifier channels and loudspeakers are monitored and controlled by means of the graphic user interface provided by Iris-Net software running on a single PC, as Konuralp explained:

This is convenient, quick and reliable. Furthermore, our customer is delighted with the sound performance, quality and wealth of options provided by the system.

The offices, passages and turnstile areas in the Başakşehir Stadium are served by 80 EVID 6.2T loudspeakers, also from Electro-Voice. Additionally, a Bosch Praesideo digital public address and emergency voice evacuation system is connected to over 800 ceiling loudspeakers, as well as to a Bosch Plena Matrix digital sound system, with 50 cabinet loudspeakers. Three Bosch fire alarm systems – with nearly 950 smoke detectors and 160 fire remote indicators – along with a CCTV system featuring around 200 Bosch cameras, in addition to two Bosch access control systems, round off the installation.

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Dallmeier opens another showroom

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The IPPI sales team with Dieter Dallmeier (2nd from left) at the opening of Dallmeier’s new showroom in Munich

 

Dallmeier – one of the world’s leading providers of products for network-based video surveillance solutions – has opened another VideoIP showroom, the Showroom South at IPPI, in Munich, Germany.

 

Following the successful opening of the Dallmeier solution centre at Johanns Systemhaus in Bitburg, Dallmeier can now provide its customers and partners with an on-site showroom in southern Germany. The “Showroom South” at IPPI GmbH was opened with due ceremony in mid-May.

 

IPPI has over 30 years of experience in the planning and installation business. Besides video surveillance, the range of products and services offered by the company includes conference room equipment and professional media technology. IPPI’s long list of references includes many customers with extremely stringent requirements from the banking, industrial and authority sectors.

 

In the new showroom, which was opened by Dieter Dallmeier together with the IPPI sales team, customers and prospective customers can experience for themselves the user-friendliness and open system capabilities offered by Dallmeier video management solutions. A special highlight is the Panomera® multifocal sensor technology, which represents an ideal solution in particular for the commercial and industrial sector, and will be on display live at the showroom at IPPI.

 

Dieter Dallmeier commented:

IPPI attaches great importance to thorough consulting and professional service. Here, the customer receives everything from a single source, from planning all the way through to implementation – this is why IPPI is also an ideal partner for us. With our recently opened solution centre in Bitburg, we intend to reach potential customers in the West and Northwest of Germany. Now we wanted to offer our customers in the South of Germany a fully equipped showroom that they could visit more easily.

Wembley retains ISC as lead security provider

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Wembley National Stadium Limited (WNSL) has retained Integrated Security Consultants Ltd (ISC) as lead provider of security services to Wembley Stadium for a further five years. ISC first won the contract in a 2009 competitive tender and has since impressed the operator with its development and investment in the 90,000 capacity stadium. ISC Managing Director Pat Carr said:

We believe WNSL has extended our contract because the management team and work force have a distinguished track record in helping the National Stadium deliver world class events and welcoming the biggest names in sport and music.

We have totally integrated with the Wembley management team to the extent that our team is perceived as an internal department of the National Stadium. ISC’s senior management has proven its expertise in delivering a service fit for this iconic venue and we are proud to have been awarded the extension of the Wembley contract. We look forward to building on the strengths of this partnership.

ISC Managing Director Pat Carr.

ISC Managing Director Pat Carr.

ISC’s Permanent Security Team, headed by ISC’s Head of Operations Bob Milnes, will continue to provide Wembley with 24/7 integrity and full building security. The company also provides corporate security for Club Wembley and conference and banqueting security at events, which welcome up to 10,000 people. As part of the contra, Carr remains Wembley Stadium’s operational planning consultant and part of the senior crowd safety team. ISC managers also undertake key roles at matches and major events, such as response team managers, safety officers, pitch security, corporate and VIP area security, customer services teams and stadium announcers.

ISC’s operational duties at Wembley range from site patrols and monitoring CCTV to ensuring the Stadium’s environmental ‘switch-off’ policy is being adhered to. As the first point of contact for visitors, the company’s security officers place customer service at the forefront of their duties. ISC provides 24-hour security, 365 days a year, liaising with the Metropolitan Police, Brent Council and WNSL to ensure the integrity of the venue and its patrons.

ACEF produces stadium design security video

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The Tarleton-based American Clearinghouse on Educational Facilities (ACEF) has produced a video, Stadium Design Considerations for the Post 9/11 World, showcasing the best safety practices in collegiate stadium design.

ACEF joined forces with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Safety and security experts from Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Alabama, Penn State, University of Southern Mississippi, Rutgers University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Oregon contributed information, insight and solutions.

The contributing institutions credit the film for advancing discussions on field tested safety measures and feel all university officials responsible for event security will find the content and guidance provided invaluable.

The videp is set to be released in April and distributed widely during the NCS4 conference this summer.

I am excited about the timeliness of the film. The film will shape future discussions at all levels of sports and improve safety, while also emphasizing the need to ensure a quality fan experience,

said Dr. Denae Dorris, ACEF project manager.

This video provides critical guidance since colleges and universities spend billions of dollars each year constructing, renovating, and maintaining collegiate stadiums. This project will provide information and training, so those dollars can be spent wisely,

said 

Dr. Mark Littleton, ACEF project director. Mike Simpson and 828 Media, from Comanche County, assisted in producing the video. Contact: mlittleton@tarleton.edu

UEFA proposes partial closure of stadiums

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UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino has previewed plans to act more decisively on racist behaviour in stadiums. Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum in Manchester, Infantino proposed the partial closure of stadiums because “supporters of a club are also guilty”.

They are clear, harsh, known to everyone and it’s what we want to implement,

said Infantino of the new sanctions.

I think the idea of threatening to shut small areas, and by that I mean blocks and not entire stands, does provide some extra force behind self-policing,

said Dr Geoff Pearson from the Liverpool University Management School Football Industry Group, who was at Soccerex.

If fans can turn round to someone shouting racist abuse and say ‘if you keep doing that, this block will be closed’, it does empower fans.

European consumer law will require clubs to refund season ticket holders. “There are legal problems,” advised Pearson. “If you can’t go to a match because someone else has breached the ground regulations then you’ll want a refund. You are looking at refunds for everyone with season tickets in the closed section, that’s EU consumer law. A club couldn’t use the ticketing conditions because it would be an unfair contract term. So the club would be hit in the pocket, not only on matchday sales but also refunds to season ticket holders.

The issue of racism was also raised during the session on the Future of Scottish Football, when Scottish FA Chief Executive Stuart Regan firmly asserted the SFA’s policies and explained the work of its team of equity development officers. The SFA has recently issued a notice of complaint against Rangers Chief Executive Charles Green over alleged racist comments.

“Self-policing is the way forward in dealing with racism and homophobic behaviour,” said Pearson. “You make it unacceptable to engage in that behaviour in that context.” His study of English fans (available in his book published by Manchester University Press) has found that people who are racist in their behaviour outside of the stadium, do not express racism in the stadium because of peer pressure.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino previewed plans to punish racist behaviour by partially closing stadiums.

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino previewed plans to punish racist behaviour by partially closing stadiums.