„But one requires the researcher to provide evidence. For example, if it is the discovery of a large mountain, it is required that he bring large stones.“
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–44), Aviator and Author from France
Experience has been the usual standard for qualification and know-how of an event security service provider in the initial three decades of this highly specialized branch of business.
This still represents the most important basis for established organizers and authorities. However, an understanding has developed in recent years that justifiably calls for standards based on scientific principles.
Proven operative and legal foundations are absolutely necessary in order to enable a useful standardization.
Se2 supports this development through active participation in national and international research projects. We do this in order to enable the continuous improvement of quality based on empirical results.
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ProVOD – establishment and professionalization of event safety staff as an autonomous branch of the private security industry
They represent the quantitatively strongest pillar of the security architecture of major events: the event safety staff (VOD). They are responsible for a smooth process of an event as well as for the orderly clearance. With the increase of large-scale events and a growing potential for conflict and risk, the guarantee of security and order during an event has become a significant area of responsibility.
Included are not only the classic security tasks, but — in the context of a modern understanding of security — also the handling of crowds as well as their control and direction.
The guidance of patrons, the so-called “crowd management”, as well as the execution of the measures of the emergency organizations are tasks that come along with the duty of being responsible for every patron. The guests place their personal safety into the hands of the competent forces in the course of the event. This remit does not fit into a branch, which is currently characterized by a minimum wage structure, missing contextual qualification and a bad reputation due to the negative reporting in public.
It is the overall objective of the network ProVOD — next to the definition and qualification of the sub-sector — to sound out the problems and issues in an interdisciplinary network with the involvement of all relevant participants. Part of the overall objective is furthermore to develop solution approaches and, thus, help to increase competitiveness (nationally and internationally) by developing professional structures of a hitherto rather weakly contoured, yet economically relevant industry.
The improvement of the general conditions and the skill requirements for the VOD, in combination with equalization of the ‘assisting professions’ in the public perception can help to reduce turnover and minimum employment in the long term. Likewise, the improvement of organizational work conditions and the development of qualification concepts also serve the improvement of safety within the working context itself: that is, to improve the safety of the events.
As part of EVIVA, international innovative methods are being developed which enable the recognition of situations of potential danger, facilitate fast decision-making for security measures and danger prevention, and ultimately support the execution of measures as well as support the assessment of the success of the measures undertaken.
The innovations of the projects lie in the use of airborne sensors systems, the development of complex algorithms for the evaluation of video- and thermal data for the assessment of the movement patterns of crowds, the automatic video positioning as well as the construction of an integrated management center to ensure that the staff can provide an effective security management.
Se2 Solutions GmbH was an associated partner at EVIVA.
Event driven System for situation aware Evacuation and Guidance (Proposal)
The overall objective of evacuation and guidance systems is to limit the effects of an incident for people to a minimum. SafeCrowds targets a new and comprehensive system utilising the potential of an event driven approach to integrate management and supporting technology capabilities.
Within the emergency management cycle especially preparation & protection as well as response have to be enhanced. Therefore objectives of the SafeCrowds approach are:
- Adaptive evacuation system for dynamic situations
- Multimodal information integration and provision
- Usable multimedia information sharing and visualization
- Mobile and public use in complementary scenarios
- Optimal evacuation and guidance strategies