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ONVIF makes plans to highlight member companies at IFSEC International 2019

ONVIF, the global standardisation initiative for IP-based physical security products, will be exhibiting at IFSEC International 2019. The show runs at ExCeL in London from 18-20 June. The organisation will be joined by 40-plus ONVIF member companies.

As part of its presence at the exhibition, ONVIF will host the ONVIF Lounge on Stand IF2524, which provides charging stations for attendee use throughout the show. Representatives from ONVIF and various member companies will be present at the booth throughout the event to answer questions about ONVIF and provide insight on how they use the ONVIF standards for their businesses. Participating companies will include Hikvision, Costain, Synectics and TDSi.

“We’re happy to be exhibiting at IFSEC again this year, giving those who are unfamiliar with ONVIF the opportunity to learn more,” said Per Björkdahl, chair of the ONVIF Steering Committee. “ONVIF provides valuable tools that can make things easier for practising security professionals and their host organisations. We hope that, by having member companies present on Stand IF2524, attendees gain the inside track on what it means to be an ONVIF member.”

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IFSEC International is Europe’s largest dedicated security exhibition, with more than 27,000 security professionals expected to attend this year’s event.

Founded in 2008, ONVIF has a global base of established member companies whi produce cameras, video management systems and access control solutions, in trun realising more than 12,000 Profile-conformant products.

ONVIF offers Profile S for basic streaming video, Profile G for edge storage and retrieval, Profile C for door control and event management, Profile Q for quick installation, Profile A for access control configuration and Profile T for advanced video streaming.

ONVIF continues to work with its members to expand the number of IP interoperability solutions that ONVIF-conformant products can provide.

*Further information about ONVIF-conformant products is available on the ONVIF website at www.onvif.org

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Tyco champions 2018 Technology Days programme ahead of dedicated C•CURE event for end users

Tyco, the security products division of Johnson Controls, reports that its 2018 Technology Days programme is proving to be a big hit with UK system integrators.

Large numbers of integrators keen to learn about the latest generation of Tyco access control, intruder detection and video surveillance solutions attended Roadshow events at Brands Hatch and the Knockhill racing circuit in Dunfermline during July.

Tyco’s Mobile Exhibition Unit and fleet of demonstration vans are being put to good use at the Technology Days, the next one of which will take place at Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire on 14 September.

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“System integrators lead busy lives and tell us they don’t always have the time to travel perhaps halfway across the country to attend exhibitions to see demonstrations of new products and technologies,” said Gordon Morrison, GB sales director for the Tyco access control and video brands.

“Our mobile showrooms give us the opportunity to provide ‘hands-on’ demonstrations for system integrators and their end user customers at locations convenient to them. While the Mobile Exhibition Unit is best used at public venues, we’re able to make the demonstration vans available for system integrators in support of their customer-targeted open days.”

C•CURE event for end users

In addition to the Technology Days, Tyco will also be holding a C•CURE End User Event. Many of the large companies who use the C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform have been invited to attend the day which will take place in London on 12 September.

“With the support of key technology partners, we’ll be highlighting how customers can gain maximum benefit from their electronic security solutions with help from C•CURE 9000,” added Morrison. “Equally important, the event is also intended to be a forum for end users to discuss their experiences of using C•CURE 9000 and provide us with feedback on what new features they would wish to see incorporated into future versions of the platform.”

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Bloodstock’s heavy metal fans united and protected thanks to Showsec’s event management expertise

In many respects, Bloodstock Open Air is one big family reunion. The great success of this year’s event in the picturesque Derbyshire setting of Catton Park in Walton on Trent portrayed once again why the gathering continues to enhance its reputation for being the United Kingdom’s largest dedicated heavy metal festival.    

Founded and organised by the Gregory family, Bloodstock plays host to a ‘metal family’ of 15,000 fans in tandem with a Showsec family of staff who have become familiar faces at the festival due to their enjoyment of the working experience.

As well as the heavy metal band line-up – headlined this year by Within Temptation, Trivium and Rob Zombie – one of the other big attractions was an art exhibition featuring the work of the festival’s co-founder, Paul Raymond Gregory. This included Gregory’s work-in-progress dubbed ‘Mordor Festival’ which made another appearance in the RAM Gallery by the Main Stage, along with many other fantasy artwork pieces including a unique design of the festival’s popular logo.

The ‘Mordor Festival’ is inspired by Tolkien and has a unique frame, which now features the Showsec logo along with many other partners of Bloodstock Open Air.

“Our support of the art exhibition is a good example of how we’ve worked closely with the Gregory family to help develop the very unique and special festival community at Bloodstock Open Air,” explained Showsec’s operations executive Darren Evans, himself a heavy metal fan who used to attend the festival before he began working for the business.

“We have a great relationship with all who work at Bloodstock,” continued Evans. “Everyone knows everyone and this all adds to the success of the event. It’s like a big family gathering with a real sense of togetherness and community spirit which ensures the festival is enjoyed by all attendees. A large number of our staff really look forward to working at Bloodstock. So much so, in fact, that staff from as far afield as Wales are willing to travel to Catton Park to work there.”

Interaction with the fans

In praising the contribution of Showsec, Bloodstock director Adam Gregory cited an example of interaction with the fans which highlights the important role that’s played in creating such a good-natured and friendly atmosphere.

“Showsec provides a pivotal team to help with Bloodstock each year,” enthused Gregory. “The staff are friendly and welcoming to all while at the same time ensuring that the fans’ safety is their top priority throughout the festival. Bloodstock fans have embraced the Showsec team and consider them very much a part of the family.”

Gregory continued: “Walking through the crowds on the Saturday, I personally heard one of the fans asking a Showsec staff member for his name and he said: ‘Great to meet you’, which I thought was a really nice gesture. It goes to show exactly how the working relationship between Bloodstock and Showsec has grown. Showsec’s staff understand how to be in control without being aggressive in any way. We look forward to a continued partnership with the business.”

This was the 15th year that Bloodstock has been staged and, for the last six of those years, Showsec have been influential in developing the event’s special atmosphere.

Although some of the sights were pretty scary, including Predator, Zombies, Judge Dredd and a clown sporting a gas mask, you cannot fail to see that the environment is a huge metal family primarily there to ‘rock out’ and have fun.

Experienced team in the pit

One metal fan wrote on the festival’s Facebook page: “I love the Showsec personnel. They’re all really nice people, a lot of whom seemed to love the music as well. Maybe that’s why the same personnel seem to sign up for working at the event every year.”

While the good nature of its followers and the community spirit generate a special atmosphere, there’s nevertheless an important role for Showsec to fulfil in terms of ensuring Bloodstock is an enjoyable experience for all in attendance.

An important element of that operation is having an experienced pit team in place to manage the enthusiasm and sheer energy within the crowd.

For the fifth year in a row, Bloodstock partnered with the Teenage Cancer Trust. Since beginning that relationship in 2011, over £21,000 has been raised for the charity, with the money going to help the UK’s teenagers and young adults who have cancer.

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Crowd Management Centre at Bucks New University plays pivotal role in Health and Safety Guide

The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies, based at Buckinghamshire New University, is playing a leading role in developing a new edition of a guide to health, safety and welfare at events which will be used across the industry.

The revised edition of the Purple Guide to Health, Safety and Welfare at Music and Other Events is due to be published in October by The Events Industry Forum (EIF), a body which comprises events industry Trade Associations and similar organisations (including The Centre at Bucks New University).

Teresa Moore, Head of Department – Music and Events Management at Bucks New University and director of education and training for the Centre, is one of the four editors of the Guide and has contributed to chapters focused on crowd management and barriers and fencing.

Teresa Moore, Head of Department - Music and Events Management at Bucks New University

Teresa Moore, Head of Department – Music and Events Management at Bucks New University

Mark Hamilton, the Hhead of the Centre and one of the leading experts in the industry, chaired working groups of events industry professionals putting together the guide, while Tony Ball of Show & Event Security (and a Board member of the Centre) also contributed to the chapter on crowd management.

The second edition of the Guide has been written by members of The EIF in consultation with the UK events industry and representatives from regional and national Government. It replaces the first edition originally published by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and will cover legislation and good practice for event organisers and suppliers.

Contributions to the latest edition

Teresa Moore, who speaks extensively nationally and internationally on festivals and events, said: “Anyone who is connected to live events has probably referred to the Purple Guide at some stage, so The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies is extremely pleased to be contributing to this latest edition. We feel this illustrates the important role The Centre plays as advisor and commentator on the events industry.”

Mark Hamilton added: “Since its first edition, the Guide has been the foremost piece of guidance available to organisers of all types of events to ensure the public are able to attend in a safe and secure environment. The success of what became known as the ‘Purple Guide’ can be seen through its longevity as an industry standard and in the way it has been adopted globally by event organisers.”

Further information on ‘The Purple Guide’

View more information about The Purple Guide in its draft form at thepurpleguide.co.uk

For more information about The International Centre for Crowd Management and Security Studies go to iccmss.co.uk

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