NCS⁴ Partners with Crowd Science Expert to Provide Online Course
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and GKStill International announce partnership to jointly offer the Fundamentals of Crowd Safety online E-Learning course to address capability gaps in crowd behavior and sciences.
Professor Dr. G. K. Still, Professor of Crowd Science at Manchester University, developed this certified, accredited course. The course offers an 8-hour online interactive experience designed to teach the essential elements of crowd safety and crowd risk analysis.
The course is especially valuable to event organizers, as it ensures that those who complete it are compliant with the NFPA 101 - Life Safety Code — specifically, the areas of section 12 of the code that require a venue to provide a crowd manager trained in crowd management techniques for occupancies exceeding 1000.
Professor Still commented, “We are delighted to launch our new partnership with the NCS⁴, the U.S.’s leading academic institution in this field. Our partnership will contribute to a broader application of crowd safety and crowd science in the U.S. market to help ensure safer and more secure venues.”
NCS⁴ Announces 2021 Technology Alliance Members
The NCS⁴ introduces 2021 Technology Alliance members, an international consortium of leading service providers and technology companies dedicated to spectator safety and security at sports and entertainment events. The Alliance consists of researchers, engineers, computer scientists, architects, and other stakeholders dedicated to spectator safety and security excellence through innovation. Most members are involved in safety and security at venues across the U.S. and around the world, while others are seeking opportunities to integrate new and emerging technologies that have the capacity to contribute in a meaningful way. Current Technology Alliance members are: Axis Communications, Honeywell Building Technologies, Intel, Johnson Controls, and S2 Global.
Find out more about members on our website by clicking below, or if you have any questions about NCS⁴ Technology Alliance Membership, please contact Daniel Ward, Director of Training and Exercise, at Daniel.L.Ward@usm.edu.
NCS⁴ Research Seminar Series Launches Tomorrow!
The NCS⁴ is pleased to announce a new research seminar series that aims to showcase sports safety and security research directed by faculty and staff across various disciplines at universities and institutes in the U.S. and worldwide. The NCS⁴ research staff will present the first seminar. We hope you will make plans to join us.
The NCS⁴ has begun the development of an index that evaluates stadia and arenas by their vulnerability to quantifiable problems. It aims to help those responsible for the safety and security of venues identify problems and improve outcomes, as well as raise the profile of professionals charged with keeping spectators safe and secure. This seminar will provide unique background related to the history and motivation behind the index, what has been done so far, and what we would like to incorporate into future iterations.
Justin Kurland, PhD, Director of Research, NCS⁴
Joslyn Zale, PhD, Research Associate, NCS⁴
Tyler Jacobs, Graduate Research Assistant, NCS⁴
NCS⁴ Hosts Industry Forums to Aid in Professional Development
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS⁴) at The University of Southern Mississippi recently completed its 2020-2021 Forum Series, reaching approximately 500 sports safety and security stakeholders.
The industry-specific forums were held in a two-day live virtual format between December 2020 and March 2021, attracting professionals working with marathon and endurance events, intercollegiate athletics, professional sports and entertainment venues, and interscholastic athletics and after-school activities.
“We worked closely with our advisory committees to identify relevant programming and speakers. The forums were designed to account for each industry's unique safety, security, and business challenges and provided a platform for information sharing and peer-to-peer learning,” said Dr. Stacey Hall, NCS⁴ Director and Professor of Sport Management. In addition to keynote speakers and panel presentations, attendees participated in moderated discussions and workshop-style sessions.
“The NCS⁴ forums allowed professionals in our industry who share a common focus to discuss issues and challenges that we are facing today. I always come away from the forums with great ideas, new insights, and a meaningful TO DO list,” said Paul Turner, Senior Director of Event Operations, AT&T Stadium, Dallas Cowboys.
Make plans to join NCS⁴ November 9-10, 2021, in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Details coming soon.
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