EVTG Members Briefed on Security and Technology at Lords Cricket Ground

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MEI clients and EVTG members gathered at Lords Cricket Ground for a briefing on Security and Technology on 9th February 2011 in London.

Roland Hemming of RH Consulting gave a talk on the extent of the work involved when hosting an event at a stadium. The issues were explained within the context of his audio systems installation business, specifically the audio he is installing at Lords. The briefing moved on to focus on crowd management, which is one of the biggest challenges when hosting a major event. Richard Strudwick of G4S explained how the key to good crowd management is planning and learning from previous crowd disasters. The consequences of bad crowd management can be fatal and as little as one person can cause devastation through the amplification effect. Chris Phillips of NaCTSO (National Counter Terrorism Security Office) gave a presentation challenging the idea of evacuating crowds in a security emergency, as this could potentially exacerbate the situation. Phillips suggested the threat could be outside the venue, and therefore it is safer to stay put, or if an explosion has already occurred in one area it is highly unlikely that it will occur again in the same place. It was discussed that stadia are not necessarily the biggest target for terrorism as they are fixed dates and gate security hinders such activity. However shopping centres and airports are prime targets as there are a lot of people in one place at any time. John Hamilton of Honeywell talked about the models of security which enable strong security practices at venues. Hamilton highlighted how important it is that crowds are checked when entering a venue in order to protect them. This can only be achieved if the organiser is aware of and can identify the potential risks to put such preventative measures in place. Delegates were then invited to network and enjoy a drinks reception which was sponsored by Honeywell. Also present was the IT Manager, Estates Manager and Head of Security from Marylebone Cricket Club. This gave our members a chance to connect with such individuals which often takes much longer when using official channels. http://www. youtube. com/user/majoreventsint#p/a/u/1/t0Q40nsQ_Vs This event demonstrated how EVTG can assist both its members and MEI clients in meeting key contacts in the events and venue sector. We will be holding more events of this style in 2011 and we will keep you informed. The next EVTG event is on the 4th April and the focus will be on Iconic and Major events in Scotland with the key note speaker confirmed as David Grevemberg, the COO of Glasgow 2014. For more information on our events please contact Amy at: abrice@majoreventsint. com.

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