We look forward to exploring more ways to address security requirements to protect participants and spectators at stadium events.
Silver Spring, Md. (PRWEB) September 28, 2015
The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to foster collaboration in addressing the unique security challenges facing stadiums, ballparks, arenas and similar facilities through the use of security technologies.
With major sporting events bringing together tens of thousands of people in a confined space, security challenges can be daunting. NCS4 has developed industry-leading programs to ensure high levels of security at such events, while SIA’s members innovate, manufacture, install and integrate security technologies that can be a force multiplier for security personnel. Collaboration between NCS4 and SIA members that draws upon the expertise of security practitioners and the technical knowledge of equipment suppliers and integrators can help to provide additional protection to the hundreds of millions of people who visit stadiums, ballparks and arenas each year.
“SIA and NCS4 already have been collaborating in exchanging information and conducting joint webinars with the goal of enhancing the security of mass gatherings at sports events,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “We look forward to exploring more ways to address security requirements to protect participants and spectators at stadium events, including the development of educational programs and initiatives for the benefit of the members of both associations.”
Agreeing on the value of this new partnership, NCS4 Director Lou Marciani said, “SIA being the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers gives NCS4 the capability to collaborate on identifying current and new products and services that address the future industry needs.”
As part of their enhanced working relationship, SIA and NCS4 may hold a series of quarterly webinars, engage each organization’s directors and advisers through presentations, speak at each other’s events, promote each other’s activities and programs, publish articles in each other’s publications, and perhaps most importantly develop vendor-neutral guidelines and best practices for stadium events.
About the Security Industry Association
The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 600 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.
About the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security
NCS4 supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms and government agencies. It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders. In order to meet current and future needs and to advance the industry, NCS4 has advisory boards, committees and subject matter experts that provide strategic guidance, assistance and advice on critical issues and trends. These individuals are recognized and respected experts from the world of sport safety and security.