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Major Events International (MEI), with the support of UK Trade & Investment France (UKT&I France) and the Marseille Mayor’s office, is leading security companies to Marseille to meet key officials and potential business partners for a knowledge-sharing session.

The purpose of the visit is to share best-practice between experienced security companies involved in securing venues and major events, and key city-level stakeholders.

This security-focused visit provides a unique opportunity to connect with the right people and is aimed at companies of all sizes.

Focus of the visit

  • Learn more about city-level security plans around high density venues
  • Meet with key city-level stakeholders involved in safety and security
  • Share major events security best-practice

To sign up to participate in this visit, taking place 17-18 March 2016, please contact Richa Ghai via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)207 073 2661. There will be an administration fee to participate, discounted for MEI Members.

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ICSS is working with the Indian Super League.

The International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) has announced it will once again work with the Indian Super League (ISL) to safeguard the integrity of the League for the 2015 season.

With the ISL proactively placing integrity at the top of its agenda, the ICSS Sport Integrity Directorate (SID) will provide its anti-corruption expertise to advise the ISL on the development of its overall integrity strategy in order to minimise the competitions risk to match-fixing and betting fraud, as well as conducting a top-level review of existing anti-corruption regulations and practices of the ISL.

Building on the successful collaboration in 2014, the ICSS SID will also provide operational support to the ISL during the 2015 season, delivering various education seminars with players, administrators and match-officials, briefing a team of local integrity officers as well as providing overall intelligence support.

A tailored betting monitoring system will also be put in place for each match to help identify suspicious betting patterns and manipulation of sports results.

Mohammed Hanzab, President of the ICSS, said:

On behalf of the ICSS, I would like to thank the ISL for putting their trust in the ICSS and inviting us to share our expertise in the area of sport integrity.

The Indian Super League provided an incredible first season of top-level football in 2014 and it’s vital that, as the competition grows, the ISL continues to protect itself against the evolving integrity threats that confront sport worldwide.

Football in India has huge potential to become a powerhouse in world sport and I am delighted to see a new league like the ISL show its commitment to introducing proper integrity practices and procedures right from the early stages.


Chris Eaton, Executive Director of Sport Integrity at the ICSS, said:


As a burgeoning sport market, India is an important region for the ICSS and I would like to thank ISL for giving the ICSS Sport Integrity team the opportunity to build on and enhance the integrity practices of the League in its second season.


It is crucial that sport governing bodies show serious and proactive leadership in this area and understand the many threats that now face sport.


I am encouraged that the ISL has identified the possible risks it faces as it continues to grow and has taken steps to develop proper safeguards to deter corrupt and criminal behaviour.

ISC to secure Singapore Sports Hub

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Security and crowd management specialist Integrated Security Consultants Ltd (ISC) has been awarded the contract to secure Singapore’s multi-venue flagship, the Singapore Sports Hub, due to open in April 2014.

In a five-year exclusive deal with global property services provider DTZ, one of the Hub’s consortium partners, ISC Ltd has incorporated a new Singapore-based company, Integrated Security Consultants (S) Pte Ltd, as it launches this international expansion. ISC (S) Pte Ltd will source, recruit and train a local crowd management workforce to supply the various venues at the Sports Hub, bringing UK expertise in event staffing operations and safety stewarding to this facility.

Roger Hooker, previously Venue Management Cluster Manager for London 2012 and Venue General Manager at Games Time for the Organising Committee across the Wembley Olympic site, has been appointed Senior Project Director for ISC. He will mobilise the business and lead the team to deliver these services in Singapore.

Greg Gillin, Senior Director at DTZ said:

Modern multipurpose sports, entertainment and lifestyle precincts are very complex operating environments and the Singapore Sports Hub is no exception. DTZ is responsible for maintaining a safe and secure environment for users of the Sports Hub, and recognise the importance of striking a balance between security and crowd management to ensure our visitors’ experience isn’t diminished by an overwhelming security presence. To achieve this DTZ looked to partner with a supplier who has global experience in security, risk reduction, crowd and event management in large public facilities. ISC’s experienced management team and history working on and with some of the biggest global events are perfectly suited to the precinct, and we look forward to working with them to create a safe and secure Sports Hub.

Pat Carr, Managing Director of the parent company ISC Ltd, said:

The Singapore Sports Hub will be one of the world’s highest profile centres of sporting excellence and we are privileged to become its security partner. We believe our appointment is a significant vote of confidence both in ISC Ltd, its new subsidiary in Singapore, and the event safety standards we champion. In pursuit of our long-term ambitions for international growth, our new operation in Singapore has the best possible leadership in Roger Hooker to meet the exacting standards of the Hub as well as promoting further expansion in Southeast Asia and beyond.

The Hub, with its motto ‘where Singapore comes to play’, includes the republic’s new 55,000-capacity National Stadium, the existing 13,000-capacity Singapore Indoor Stadium, plus two multipurpose Sports Halls, an Aquatic Centre, 41,000 square metre Retail and Waterfront area, Water Sports, Sports promenade, Singapore Sports Hub Library, Singapore Sports Museum and Sports & Lifestyle Facilities.

ISC provides premium security services to a wide range of clients in the sports, corporate events, conference and live music worlds. Clients include the USA’s National Football League (NFL), The Football Association (FA), Wembley National Stadium, M&C Saatchi, Rolex, BMW, UEFA, The Natural History Museum, The National Museum of Science and Industry and Harlequins Rugby Club.

Anaheim Convention Center completes bollard building project

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Calpipe Security Bollards has just completed a significant building project in conjunction with the Anaheim Convention Center. Calpipe designers worked with building architects to create new stainless steel covers for its lighted K4 and K12-rated bollards of both the shallow mount and deep mount removable varieties. Custom lighted bollards were installed in front of the Convention Center with the option of changing the colour of lights to coordinate with current events.

Joe Pederson, VP of Sales & Marketing, said:

Not only was our entire product line integrated within this project, but we were able to take steps forward with our design innovations, such as creating variations of our manual retractable bollard systems that have never been used or installed anywhere previously. The scope of this project was made possible by collaboration with the City of Anaheim, project designers and architects with whom we worked closely.

This facility required Calpipe’s full range of K4 and K12-rated bollards. Calpipe provided a flexible approach that incorporated a wide range of bollard options to the architects, which is often necessary for a project of this size. Most other bollard systems typically depend upon a deep, embedded foundation for their strength, which sometimes their integration can be prohibited. Shallow mount foundations overcome depth restrictions by expanding the base’s width and length. Calpipe’s shallow-embedded bollards are placed in a foundation with a widened base and greater length, maximising the potential for impact protection, without sacrificing ease of installation. Calpipe’s embedded bollards do not require maintenance, while its retractable varieties need only minimal or occasional care, making both options the preferred choice in large perimeter security projects. The Anaheim Convention Center undertaking was one of the most expansive architectural projects, with bollards installed throughout the entire complex. Calpipe’s broad product line of customisable bollards allowed for the project’s efficient completion.


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.

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.