Future major event response provision could be improved following Euro 2016 trouble, says Intermedix

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Global crisis management expert identifies potential technology improvements to be made, after the distressing scenes witnessed during week one of Euro 2016

Ian Carr, Intermedix Market Development Director

With the establishment of proper communications channels, the appropriate resources could be redeployed in an instant, or even more impressively – pre-deployed based on previous data about the likelihood of an incident.

Global crisis management expert identifies potential technology improvements to be made, after the distressing scenes witnessed during week one of Euro 2016.

As we enter week three of Euro 2016, the focus is now rightly on the football itself after a disappointing start to the tournament. But lessons do however have to be learnt from the distressing scenes witnessed during week one.

According to reports from several news outlets, there was an apparent lack of real-time co-operation and co-ordination between bodies tasked with different aspects of tournament management. From emergency services to stadium security, to local authorities and police spotters out in the streets; all those authorised at major events like this should have the appropriate access to real-time, consistent information to keep us safe. This can almost certainly be improved upon for future tournaments and events.

Key to the co-operation and co-ordination between these government bodies according to Ian Carr, director of Intermedix Europe, is the need to ‘speak the same language.’

“What I mean by this, is the need that all these agencies are connected through the same technology that provides real-time information exchange to be available to those who can act upon it,” said Ian Carr, director of Intermedix Europe. “If this type of co-operation technology was deployed and properly used in France, it is less likely that we would see hooligans rampaging unchallenged because the resources had been deployed to the wrong place. With the establishment of proper communications channels, the appropriate resources could be redeployed in an instant, or even more impressively – pre-deployed based on previous data about the likelihood of an incident.”

The technology exists already, and one would hope officials in Rio, Russia and other forthcoming major event organisers have at least considered its benefits.

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