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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.

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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: or email:


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:


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


Hazza Bin Zayed – the new flagship stadium in the UAE – celebrates 1st anniversary

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Promising spectators a new level of sporting experience, Hazza Bin Zayed is the new flagship stadium in the United Arab Emirates. In addition to 25,000 seats, the new home of Al Ain FC football club features nine lounges and restaurants, a medical centre, and a media centre, as well as further facilities to hold local, regional and global events.

The Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is an architectural marvel and one of the most impressive and technologically advanced sports venues in the UAE. It is also now home to the region’s most successful team, Al Ain Football Club. It can accommodate 25,000 spectators and was completed in a record time of just 17 months, measuring up to the very best international standards.

The stadium covers an area of 45,000sqm and is 50 metres high, making it one of the tallest buildings in Al Ain City. It hosts more than 3,000 premium seats; one of the highest ratios of premium seating in the world for football stadia. The inspired design of the outer façade is based on the trunk of the palm tree, an integral part of the UAE’s heritage and legacy. It is located close the main highways linking Al Ain to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with Al Ain Airport just 15 minutes away.

This is the first stadium in the world designed specifically to embrace and harness shade, featuring a unique parasol roof to fully shade all fans, the roof of the stadium is an iconic part of the entire development. The result is a stadium that is open and passively cooled, providing an intimate and engaging atmosphere for the proud and patriotic Al Ain FC fans to get close to the action on the pitch.

The outer shell of Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium is made up of 600 independently-mounted fabric panels with independently controlled LED lights, capable of covering the surface of the structure with pre-selected coloured lights or designs, which can be seen from 360 degrees by all passing traffic and visitors – a beacon in the landscape.
With technology as a key driver, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium needed equipment to match its reputation in the region and so JBK Controls International’s UAE office was assigned with the installation of around a dozen systems, including a pro audio system. For the latter, JBK Controls International secured the services of Dubai-based Prosonic. The challenge for the Dynacord partner was to install a powerful while elegant sound system.

Prosonic Managing Director, Amir Bagheri, recalled “The design of the system changed a lot due to the roof structure”. Based on EASE simulations carried through with the help of Tony Sawyer and Oliver Sahm of Bosch Communications Systems, Prosonic opted for a combined Dynacord and Electro-Voice system.

The stadium itself is divided into four sound zones in which Electro-Voice EVF front-loaded and EVH horn-loaded speakers set the tone. Additionally, a ring of Electro-Voice EVID speakers covers those areas that the roof-installed main system does not reach. To power and process the PA system, each of the stadium’s four rack rooms is equipped with Dynacord DSA 8410 amplifiers, as well as Dynacord P64 digital audio matrix managers which master DSP. Full control and supervision is assured by IRIS-Net software. A Dynacord CMS 2200-3 mixing console manages the system.

Klaus Seitz, Bosch Communications Systems Director Sales ProSound for the Middle East added:

A lot of investment is currently made into sports venues, be they indoor or outdoor stadiums or sports halls. With its state-of-the-art equipment, the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium is a case in point.

Tabraiz Ali Khan, JBK Controls International’s General Manager – Operations, agreed:

The sound reinforcement system is fantastic. The sound level is even all the way around the field and matches the SPL that we proposed. The Hazza Bin Zayed stadium is currently an important reference case for the region.

Hazza bin Zayed Stadium recently announced an array of activities that will be organised in conjunction with its first year anniversary celebrations, which will take place from 15-24 January 2015. Among the many activities, the stadium will host friendly matches to attract different audiences to participate in the inaugural celebration of this state-of-the-art facility in the city of Al Ain.

BAM International was responsible for the design and build of this multi-functional stadium, with the project being realised in close cooperation with sister companies BAM Sports (specialised in stadium construction), and BAM Contractors from Ireland.


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.


Preformed Markings celebrates continued growth in the stadia & venue marketplace

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Preformed Markings Ltd – the UK & Ireland’s premier supplier of thermoplastic safety markings – is celebrating its continued growth in the stadia and venue marketplace.

Spectator safety has always been a key focus for the company, but its continued investment in product innovation for this sector has resulted in an increased demand from stadiums and arenas throughout the UK, even greater than originally expected.

Preformed Markings have just completed an extensive refurbishment of the stands and public areas at championship side, Charlton Athletic FC. As part of a major safety and renovation program, the Club appointed the company to provide slip resistant products for the steps and vomitories, in all four stands.

Andy Curtis, Head of Facilities Management at Charlton Athletic said:

The ground has been transformed; the steps and concourses and public areas look like new. In fact, the entire stadium looks newly built. With the innovate approach and customer engagement taken by Preformed Markings we have moved the Club forward in terms of look and feel and more importantly safety. The ground needed a lot of work, and the Club has heavily invested in improvements during the closed season, but the results far outreach our initial expectations and we have to thank all those who worked with us over the summer, especially your team.

With improving spectator safety being an integral part of many club’s current redevelopment and new build plans, it’s understandable to learn that the company has many additional projects currently in the pipeline.

Jerry Peachment, Head of Stadium Development at Preformed Markings said:

We are already discussing solutions with a wide range of sporting and public venues, both in the UK and overseas. Our aim is to assist the facilities managers and help resolve this integral area of spectator safety. Our expertise in both product knowledge and application will help make the facilities managers job that little bit easier. Thanks to 3 years of continuous research and development and consultation with leading industry professionals, we have produced specific products for the stadia market that address recurring safety issues. This is a key sector for us and we will continue to devote significant resources to helping the industry improve safety at sports venues throughout the globe.

For further information, please contact Jerry Peachment via email at:

Preformed Markings have just completed an extensive refurbishment of the stands and public areas at championship side, Charlton Athletic FC. As part of a major safety and renovation program, the Club appointed the company to provide slip resistant products for the steps and vomitories, in all four stands.

Preformed Markings have just completed an extensive refurbishment of the stands and public areas at championship side, Charlton Athletic FC. As part of a major safety and renovation program, the Club appointed the company to provide slip resistant products for the steps and vomitories, in all four stands.

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.

Register for UK sports grounds safety workshops

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The Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) is hosting a number of free workshops designed for all sports, especially those with whom the SGSA does not have a statutory function. The workshops will be interactive and suitable for governing bodies, venue owners and operators as well as Local Authorities.

These free of charge half day workshops will be delivered during the months of June and July in easy to reach locations around the UK:

13 June Aston Villa FC, Villa Park, Birmingham. 13.00 – 16.00

17 June Emergency Planning College, Easingwold, York. 13.00 – 16.00

19 June Lee Valley White Water Centre,(limited to 18 places), Waltham Cross, Herts. 13.00 – 16.00

1 July Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire. 13.00- 16.00

5 July Cardiff Arms Park, Wales. 10.00 – 13:00

17 July Trent Bridge Cricket Ground, Nottingham. 13.00 – 16.00

Nikki Rutherford, SGSA Secretariat, said:

At the workshops we will explain our role in respect of providing advice to sports grounds and national governing bodies, give information about our guidance and provide excellent opportunities to network and share experiences with others.

The topics covered at the workshops will include:

  • An introduction to Spectator Safety
  • The role of the SGSA
  • Working in Safety Advisory Groups
  • Venue Operation manuals
  • Safety certification

A certificate will be issued for delegates to use for their CPD. The SGSA advises that spaces are limited and suggests early booking.

To book complimentary places, please contact:

or call 0207 3839 3862

Safe Stadium Operations conference

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IAVM is presenting a conference in person and on-line, covering stadium safety. The WebSITE Spring 2013: Safe Stadium Operations hybrid conference will take place 1 May 2013 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm ET (USA).

Led by Paul Turner with Cowboys Stadium and Erik Waldman with the Georgia Dome, this conference includes three in-depth sessions covering essential event safety and emergency response planning specific to the unique layouts and operational needs of stadiums.

Athletic directors, stadium operators, safety directors and their staff will learn best practices from industry veterans, receive event safety tools and assess venue vulnerabilities with emergency management specialists. This is an excellent educational conference for students and a great professional development opportunity for stadium and event staff at the high school, collegiate and professional levels.

The local host sites are the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Georgia Dome, and the main host site, Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Registrants who visit the local host sites will have the opportunity to meet peers, network, participate in a special discussion session, and take a tour of the respective facilities. Registrants who attend Cowboys Stadium in person will also be able to attend the Texas Rangers vs. Chicago White Sox game that evening.

Prices are: Student – $25. Member – $49. Non-Member – $89.



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.