Daily Archives: 09/12/2013

Showsec’s football stewarding operation expands with Stoke City deal

Stoke City has become the latest top flight football club to engage the security and crowd management expertise offered by Showsec for Barclays Premier League fixtures at the Britannia Stadium during the 2013-2014 campaign.

Showsec’s progressive stewarding and stadium security regime is geared towards enhancing the matchday experience for football fans, with Stoke City now joining a growing number of clubs nationwide at different levels in the game who make good use of the company’s expertise.

Showsec’s services are also employed by fellow Premier League clubs Manchester City and Sunderland – Stoke’s opponents at the Britannia Stadium only recently – while their presence extends throughout other leagues to clubs including Championship high-fliers Leeds United.

The Britannia Stadium: home of Stoke City FC. Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City FC (www.greigphotography.com - ©Stoke City Football Club 2013)

The Britannia Stadium: home of Stoke City FC. Credit: Phil Greig/Stoke City FC (www.greigphotography.com – ©Stoke City Football Club 2013)

“Football is a crucial element of the company’s growth, so the opportunity to expand upon the work which we are already doing in this field and operate at another Premier League club is an important development for us moving forwards,” commented Showsec’s managing director Mark Harding.

“The Britannia Stadium is renowned for having one of the best atmospheres in English football, and our matchday operation will set out to ensure that remains so for all supporters who are visiting the ground this season.”

Harding concluded: “Our commitment is towards providing the right support to football clubs such that they’re able to offer a safe and enjoyable experience for the fans.”

Switched on to crowd management

Stoke City’s Health and Safety manager Rob Killingworth drew on previous experience of working with Showsec when he turned to them for crowd management support for the Boothen End of the ground this season.

“I was impressed with what I saw of Showsec’s operation during my time at Nottingham Forest and Notts County, so I knew the company could offer what we were looking for in terms of experience and expertise,” explained Killingworth.

“Showsec has excellent supervisors who are very switched on to our needs in terms of crowd management. The other thing they’re particularly good at is communication, which is so very important from an operational perspective.”

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Critical infrastructure helps stabilise perimeter security sector

Blake Kozak – the senior analyst for access control, fire and security at IHS – comments on the high growth and adoption of perimeter security equipment in critical infrastructure applications.

Although most critical infrastructure sites are target applications for electronic perimeter security, electrical utilities and oil refineries are projected to have the most growth opportunity.

The global market size for electronic perimeter security sensors and video in electrical utilities and oil refineries is forecast to top $160 million in 2014.

Electrical utilities have experienced strong growth despite the economic slowdown in 2011 and 2012. Part of this growth is resulting from the trend to use remote video and networked sensors in order to configure and maintain sensors from remote locations.

Although most critical infrastructure sites are target applications for electronic perimeter security, electrical utilities and oil refineries are projected to have the most growth opportunity

Although most critical infrastructure sites are target applications for electronic perimeter security, electrical utilities and oil refineries are projected to have the most growth opportunity

For example, there has been demand to integrate video with detection sensors and network these back to a central monitoring station. This has helped increase demand for applications and locations where sensors couldn’t be monitored in the past.

Another driver is the updates to the NERC CIP standards which are mostly concerned with cyber security and classifying/identifying critical assets, which could lead to a change in the security requirements for transmission substations.

For example, NERC CIP Version 4 states any substation that maintains transmission lines at a capacity of 500 kV or higher are now considered a critical asset.

Solar power plants and oil refineries

Solar power plants, oil refineries and LNG plants are also expected to be strong markets to sell perimeter security equipment.

The capacity of solar power is expected to increase dramatically, especially in the Americas. This will increase the demand for remote sensors as well as sensors which can cover long distances cost effectively (namely fibre optic cables).

As of October 2013, the US was on pace to top Russia as the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas. This presents a good opportunities for thermal imaging, ground-based radar, VCA and fence sensors.

Moreover, from 2013 through 2017, globally over 200 oil refineries are planned for construction.

Overall, critical infrastructure sites are projected to be the fastest growing end user applications for electronic perimeter security because of the strong construction growth, regulations and more advanced security sensors and solutions which allow for proper surveillance, maintenance and configuration of the sensors.

While these factors impact the short term, the future outlook will reside with new technology developments and changes to end user demand.

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