NCS4 Sports Security Show Report

By Brian Karas, Published Jul 12, 2017, 11:11am EDT

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Show, or NCS4, is put on by The University of Southern Mississippi as a forum to discuss security for university sports venues. NCS4 contains both exhibits, and multiple educational sessions tailored to this topic.

IPVM is attending the 2017 show in Orlando, FL, and shares information in this report, including video of the show floor and value / downsides of the show to manufacturers and attendees.

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Comments (6)

Do you have a sense of how prevalent Video Analytics are being touted/featured for these type of events?

In the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombing (see: Boston Bombings - Outrageous Manufacturer ClaimsFAILED: Facial Recognition & Boston Bombing) there was both an increase with bombastic performance claims and market interest in VA. 

Analytics have not come up very much.  There was one example from a session this morning talking about the bomber incident at the Ariana Grande concert, where apparently the bomber was loitering in the area for a bit, and had they known about that, they might have been able to confront him. Of course, you don't always know where a person would be loitering, so you'd need lots of cameras, lots of analytics (and then by extension, you would get lots of alarms), so it is not really clear that video analytics would have done much in that case.

When the threats are often suicide bombers, people driving vehicles into crowds, or terrorist drones (so far more of a theoretical threat than an actual one), early detection and warning is more about proper screening, limiting access, keeping areas where crowds will be unaccessible by vehicles (bollards, etc.).

Another threat is rowdy crowds/fans reacting to situations, which analytics will also not help with.

Thank you Brian, great coverage and video of the trade show exhibit area. Do you have any information on the Golden Eagle Award nominees and who won this year? 

The two finalists were V5 Systems, and Babel Street, with Babel Street getting the award.

We covered V5 previously: V5 Rapid Deployment Cameras Profile, and will have similar coverage of Babel Street in the near future. 

I wish I have known about this show. Do you know if there are other shows coming up?

This specific show is done once a year, but they are doing some other upcoming shows on marathon security, intercollegiate athletics security, etc.

A listing of other NCS4 events:

NCS4 Upcoming Event List

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