Daily Archives: 05/06/2015

Momentous League and Cup ‘double’ in London for event security specialist Showsec

Showsec has completed its own equivalent of football’s coveted ‘double’ by playing a key role in the celebrations for each of the 2014-2015 Barclays Premier League and FA Cup winners. The crowd management and event security specialist mounted a major operation for the victory parade to mark Arsenal’s record-breaking FA Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium just six days after the company had featured prominently in supporting and safeguarding Chelsea’s Premier League victory party ten miles away in West London.

Thousands of jubilant fans lined the streets of the capital to hail their heroes following a season in which the London rivals shared all of the domestic honours – the Premier League and Capital One Cup going to Chelsea, with Arsenal victorious in the FA Cup and Community Shield.

The victory parades gave Showsec another opportunity to demonstrate its capacity to be right at the forefront of delivering safe and secure large-scale public events in the capital, while also affording the Leicester-based business the chance to work closely with both clubs’ management teams as well as other key stakeholders.

In the case of Chelsea’s celebration, Showsec was engaged once again by Innovision, the production company with whom it has worked to deliver safety and security for a number of high-profile occasions, the most recent of which was the third stage of the Tour de France’s Grand Depart last summer.

For Arsenal’s second successive FA Cup triumph, Showsec worked with the north London club to activate an extensive crowd management and security operation within hours of the famous trophy having been presented at Wembley Stadium.

Showsec provided security for Arsenal's FA Cup victory parade in London

Showsec provided security for Arsenal’s FA Cup victory parade in London

Stepping up to the challenge

The strength of the stewarding team fielded on both occasions proved to be a crucial factor in successful project delivery, leaving regional manager Steve Reynolds (who served as head of security for both victory parades) to highlight the way in which key members of the Showsec brigade stepped up to the challenge.

“This was the second successive year that we’ve had the privilege of being involved in these celebrations for the two major winners of domestic honours in English football,” said Reynolds. .”The fact that both events took place within six days of eachother and also coincided with a busy start to our festival season meant that we really had to rely on the strength of the management infrastructure we’ve been developing through our training programmes.”

On that note, Reynolds added: “It was really satisfying to see members of the team step up to the challenge and provide strong leadership for delivery of these events, even when significant challenges were presented to them. In many ways this really demonstrates the calibre of people we have working for us.”

Team effort on both parades

While Dayo Adelugba (Showsec’s area manager for West London) operated in key roles alongside Reynolds on both occasions, operations executives Michael Asimonye (dedicated to the Chelsea event) and Harry Thorn (who worked on the Arsenal victory parade) were given the responsibility of acting as project managers. There was also influential support on hand from many other members of the Showsec operation.

“It required an outstanding team effort for both parades, from all the prior planning and preparation right through to end delivery by every company member on the ground,” explained Adelugba. “The Chelsea parade gave us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Innovision, whom we have worked with on a number of major projects in London, while we once again operated in partnership with Arsenal and their stewarding team for their celebrations.”

Adelugba added: “Both operations also involved close liaison with a number of other agencies in developing a strategy for crowd management, road closures and the creation of an environment which made these events an enjoyable experience for the fans while also being sensitive to members of the local community.”

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March Networks delivers insights on “superior surveillance” in banking with video-driven business intelligence

March Networks, the global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, is helping banking organisations understand how they can use business intelligence drawn from video, analytics and transaction reporting to implement strategy, gain tactical and operational insight and facilitate effective decision-making. 

In a topical webinar, now available for replay on the Banking Technology website, Ely Maspero (March Networks’ IP video management solutions product manager) highlights the growing relevance and popularity of analytics and industry-oriented reporting tools. They’ve become so useful to banks, in fact, that an investment of just $1 in analytics resulted in an RoI of $13 in 2014, representing a growth rate of 18% since 2011[1].

Video and analytics are increasingly being used together, not only to provide data on specific ATM-related fraud, but also to deliver meaningful insights into bank branch performance and help improve customer relations, reduce waiting times and increase the effectiveness of in-branch marketing activities.

According to 61% of those individuals surveyed by Technology Business Research at the end of last year, the main driver of business intelligence software market growth is operational efficiency.

Ely Maspero of March Networks

Ely Maspero of March Networks

Financial institutions can be vulnerable to different types of fraud, from cash trapping and card skimming through to the more extreme use of explosives. While ATM fraud incidents fell by 26% last year, related losses did increase by 13%.

The combination of video and analytics can speed investigation times and identify at-risk ATMs to help reduce prevent fraud.

Video, analytics and transaction data

From a marketing perspective, video and analytics may be used to help banks maximise their up-selling and cross-selling opportunities by analysing staff and customer behaviour. Multiple banking departments can use the powerful combination across all aspects of client relations in order to help them move from a product-oriented business model to one that’s more customer-oriented.

“Today, most banks are using video surveillance to help reduce losses and better protect their customers’ assets,” said Ely Maspero, “but the combination of video, analytics and transaction data can target more than loss prevention. Video-driven business intelligence can provide banks with valuable information on the behaviours and habits of customers and staff, helping banks refine and improve their in-branch services.”

Talking specifically about the webinar, Maspero added: “This webcast highlights the many opportunities that today’s video analytics can provide, including the reduction of vulnerabilities and improving customer experience to help build brand loyalty and increase revenues.”

Reference

[1] Nucleus Search, September 2014

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Axis Communications introduces encoder for “easy upgrading” of analogue CCTV to IP video surveillance

Axis Communications’ M7011 is a small yet effective video encoder offering smooth integration, easy installation and “excellent” video streaming performance.

The “powerful and highly compact” M7011 single-channel video encoder offers easy and cost-effective integration of analogue CCTV cameras into an IP-based video surveillance system.

Axis Communications' M7011 video encoder supports the transition from analogue to IP surveillance

Axis Communications’ M7011 video encoder supports the transition from analogue to IP surveillance

The M7011 provides “excellent H.264 video compression performance” in a small package, without any limitation of the number of individually configured video streams.

These video encoders are suitable for all analogue camera types, both fixed and PTZ. Featuring Power over Ethernet (PoE), the same Ethernet cable is used for both data and power, in turn making installation flexible and easy.

The video encoders also feature a card slot for edge storage with microSDTM cards or NAS (Network-Attached Storage). Axis Camera Companion and Axis Video Hosting System are supported.

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