Safeguarding Events: Best Practices in Stadium and Venue Security

When heading out to see your favorite singer perform live or watching your home sports team take on its rival, the safety of the venue you’re attending usually isn’t on your mind. These kinds of events are full of fun and entertainment, and the lively atmospheres only add to the excitement.

But recent tragedies, like those in Manchester and Paris, have shown that expansive, high-capacity environments can become targets for attacks. Stadiums and large venues are also vulnerable to a variety of other threats, such as severe weather, other natural disasters and violence, making the need for an emergency preparedness plan critical. But with so many people packed into such a large space, it can be difficult to thoroughly monitor activity and efficiently communicate to each and every individual in the event of an emergency. Breaking down each aspect involved in securing a large venue can lead to a comprehensive and effective solution.

Entrances (and Exits)

Since the first point where attendees come into contact with a venue is at the entrance, establishing a firm, expansive and layered security presence here is critical. There are oftentimes more than one door or gate available, making it important to ensure that each entry point is equally secured. A uniform and clear screening process should be in place for checking bags and personal items before attendees walk through metal detectors, and integrated access control systems can be used for seamless ticket reading and authorization. Additionally, procedures involving employees or stadium personnel gaining entry should be strict and fully vetted.

These entryways double as exits, making the end of a concert, show or game just as important as the beginning. Security shouldn’t be relaxed because an event is over; as the crowd files out, safety personnel should be on the lookout for the same warning signs that they search for as the crowd enters.

Communication

If an emergency does occur, it’s essential to have a management system in place to alert the staff and attendees about the situation and advise them of any specific instructions. This can be accomplished through real-time location system (RTLS) technology, which allows users to send messages to connected devices via SMS, chat or email. It’s unlikely that security personnel could reach every attendee verbally, so a platform that uses an item almost every person will have in their hand – their smartphone – will ensure notifications are received and can help facilitate a faster response.

Surveillance Technology

With the volume of people entering, walking through and exiting an arena or large venue, on-site security guards may miss something important. Surveillance cameras, positioned both inside and outside, can be valuable tools when it comes to identifying potential dangers or finding a piece of information after the fact to help investigate an incident. Advancing technologies, such as video management software, IP capabilities and facial recognition features, can add even more layers of protection to the use of surveillance cameras in large venues.

Taking a layered, exhaustive approach to protecting staff, guests, athletes and performers in stadiums, arenas and large venues by using various pieces of the security puzzle can help ensure that an incident management plan will be effective and successful.

VuTeur’s internal real-time intelligence software (IRIS) uses RTLS technology, two-way communication and analytics in coordination with existing physical security systems, including access control and video surveillance, to these facilities achieve a sufficient emergency management plan. Real-time zone-based alerts and incident reporting transform smartphones into personal safety devices and improve safety and connectivity.

 

PRESS RELEASE: VuTeur Experiences Continued Growth and Demand for its Emergency Management and Asset Protection Solution

Company expands collaborations that drive innovation, partnerships and integrations that enhance options for customers

Las Vegas and Austin, Texas, June 26, 2017 VuTeur, formerly PinPoint Initiative and innovator in emergency management and business intelligence platforms, continues to fuel opportunities for adoption of its technologies across key business segments. As demand for the company’s flagship emergency notification and incident management platform increases, the company seeks out options to expand its partner network and sales efforts to rapidly address emerging opportunities.

With the growth of the Internet of Things and the need for emerging technologies to better address safety, there is a growing demand for new and innovative ways to address real-time communication in the event of an emergency. The VuTeur platform is designed to provide situational awareness of all individuals inside a building. Expanding on the inherent safety benefits of the Vuteur platform, stakeholders are now leveraging the platform to improve internal communications, manage investigations and incidents, limit liability and manage secure access to facilities.

The VuTeur platform uses real-time location system (RTLS) technologies embedded within modern mobile and smart devices to power two-way communication with individuals during an incident or event. VuTeur uses existing Wi-Fi connectivity to communicate directly with mobile users within a facility, allowing a user’s locations to be visualized on a map of the facility and reported to operators and responders. This information provides a complete picture of which individuals are at most risk. The best course of action can then be determined and actions can be prioritized according to specific needs. For example, those individuals located closer to a severe weather event can be rescued first while those located in “safe zones” can be deprioritized. Overall, the intelligence gained from VuTeur delivers new levels of awareness and propels more informed response tactics.

“We are focused on expanding the breadth of our solutions to allow our customers to see the future of security management and business intelligence,” said Jana Rankin, CEO and Co-Founder, VuTeur. “Through the use of the VuTeur communications platform, users can improve overall operations and gain access to new business insights. Our vision for the future of our business continues to evolve as users identify ways to leverage the power of our technology platform.”

VuTeur will showcase its real-time emergency response application during Cisco Live, being held June 25-29, 2017, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. VuTeur will exhibit its platform within the DevNet Zone alongside other valued Cisco technology partners.

VuTeur integrates with a variety of Cisco products and services, including Spark, Tropo, Meraki and Mobility Services Engine (MSE).  VuTeur’s integration with Cisco Spark, for example, enables employees, visitors and first responders to monitor and communicate throughout an incident, providing more comprehensive and effective information-sharing capabilities. A variety of data sources can be shared including photos, videos, maps and calling features, painting a complete picture of the event.

To schedule a meeting with the VuTeur team during the Cisco Live event, email info@VuTeur.com.

 

Additional Information

VuTeur Features and Technology 

VuTeur Industry Solutions

VuTeur/Cisco Spark Integration Overview

Blog: Introducing: VuTeur 

 

About VuTeur

VuTeur is the market’s first emergency management and asset protection solution built on real-time location services (RTLS) technology. The platform is designed to provide two-way communication and analytics in coordination with existing physical security systems, including access control, video surveillance, intercoms, intrusion and emergency management systems. VuTeur is ideal for educational facilities, enterprise organizations, transportation, healthcare, government entities and entertainment venues. The company is based in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.VuTeur.com. Follow us on Twitter @Vu_Teur.

 

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Cisco Live 2017: The Future is with VuTeur

Viva Las Vegas! VuTeur is headed to the Las Vegas strip as part of this year’s Cisco Live, June 25-29, to showcase our emergency management and business solutions platform, integrated with Cisco’s cutting-edge communications technology. Cisco Live brings together technology innovators and IT visionaries for more than 1,000 education sessions and numerous networking opportunities with Cisco’s top partners. VuTeur, a proud partner of Cisco, will participate in the DevNet Zone during the show.

The DevNet Zone is the place where anyone developing new technology using Cisco’s tools can get hands-on interaction with every element of the DevNet developer program, plus get face-to-face support from the developer teams. DevNet provides developers with the tools, resources and code needed to build innovative, network-enabled solutions.

Throughout the two-day event, the VuTeur team will demonstrate the platform’s capabilities, showcasing its integrations with Cisco Spark, MSE, Tropo and Meraki. VuTeur’s integration with Cisco Spark, for example, enables employees, visitors and first responders to monitor and communicate throughout an incident, providing more comprehensive and effective information-sharing capabilities. A variety of data sources can be shared including photos, videos, maps and calling features, painting a complete picture of the event.

The VuTeur platform is designed to provide situational awareness of all individuals inside a building. Expanding on the inherent safety benefits of the VuTeur platform, stakeholders are now leveraging the platform to improve internal communications, manage investigations and incidents, limit liability and manage secure access to facilities.

Want to learn more about VuTeur? Visit us during Cisco Live – or visit our website for more information: www.VuTeur.com.

 

Introducing: VuTeur

As the world of security technology evolves, so too do we, and in an effort to truly communicate the value that we have to offer, we are excited to announce that, we’ve changed the name of our company to VuTeur! Co-Founder and CEO Jana Rankin answered a few questions about the update:

Q: Why the change?

A: We’ve chosen to broaden the vision of the company based on the advancement of the Internet of Things and the growing need for emerging technologies to better address safety and emergency incidents. We are focused on expanding our solutions and market penetration as we look into the future of security management. Our Internal Real-Time Intelligence (IRIS) software will continue to provide two-way communication and analytics in coordination with existing physical security systems, but the opportunity to expand exists with regard to improving additional facets of enterprise business operations, such as day-to-day organizational communication and marketing messaging techniques.

Q: How do I pronounce the new name?

A: VuTeur sounds just like “future” with a “V” instead of an “F”: VIEW-CHURE.

Q: Is anything else changing?

A: Only in that this new brand allows our company to grow even further. Otherwise no, the company will continue to operate in its current structure; the technology/product line, staff and ownership will all remain the same.

Q: How can I get more information?

A: The company’s new website address is www.vuteur.com. VuTeur’s new Twitter handle is @Vu_Teur, and VuTeur’s new LinkedIn page can be found here. The company’s address and phone number remain the same: 2028 E. Ben White Blvd., Suite 240-2048, Austin, TX 78741 and 800.217.1204. For general information inquiries, contact info@vuteur.com.

We look forward to embracing this transition as it enables us to refine our strategy and public persona to best meet the needs of our target markets.

#WeAreTheVuTeur,

Jana

 

Security Technology and the Prominence of Smartphones

Most people will deny being addicted to their cell phone, but let’s face the facts: according to Daily Infographic, the average person looks at his or her phone approximately 110 times a day. Fifty-six percent of people check their smartphones before going to sleep. And, perhaps most shockingly, according to the A10 Networks’ Application Intelligence Report, half of the respondents believe mobile applications are almost or equally as important as breathing, eating or drinking.

Smartphones are used for everything nowadays – from shopping to controlling the thermostat to turning on the car, it’s no doubt that cell phones are becoming smarter than ever. With the continual developments in technology and software, consumers are hooked to their multifaceted lifeline that intrigues them every day and keeps them connected.

While cell phones are most frequently used for talking, texting and endless entertainment, their growing significance opens the door to a new industry: security. What better way to stay up to date in an emergency situation than through a device that’s always in your hands?

The security industry has recognized users’ attachment to their cell phones, and the safety capabilities available are only increasing. Parents can now GPS track their children through their phones; Amber and severe weather alerts are automatic, and surveillance camera footage can be streamed directly on security directors’ devices.

According to Pew Research, 74 percent of cell phone owners have used their phone to get help in an emergency. People often use Twitter or Facebook on their phones to locate or check in with relatives during an emergency incident, and students can immediately text or call their families in the event of a campus lockdown.

Specific sectors of public security, such as access control and incident management, have also shifted to the digital world: emergency notifications and fast and easy communication through mobile devices has streamlined response operations in dangerous situations.

Real-time location system (RTLS) technology has followed this trend and allows cell phones to be easily used as personal safety devices. This can be combined with two-way communication, analytics, and existing physical security systems to create Internal Real-Time Intelligence Software (IRIS) from VuTeur.

It’s clear that society’s adherence to smartphones isn’t fading away anytime soon; it’s only getting stronger. Using them to their full capacity for safety and security purposes could prove to be life-saving.

PinPoint Initiative Wins Govie Award

PinPoint Initiative is excited to announce that we have won a 2017 Platinum “Govie” Government Security Award in the user authentication/identification/credentialing and management category. Security Today magazine announced the winners in early April at this year’s ISC West.

The awards, selected by an independent panel of judges from the security industry, commend exceptional government security products in various categories based on certain criteria including features, innovation, user friendliness, interoperability, quality, design, market opportunity, impact in the security industry, technical advances and scalability. The program was launched in 2009 by 1105 Media and became known as The Govies in 2011.

This year’s program saw an increased amount of participators, emphasizing the continuing concern for government security.

The government sector is a strong focus of PinPoint’s many solutions. Its real-time location system (RTLS) technology can be used in situations where high security is imperative to detect mobile devices and track assets, as well as to enhance safety through location alerts and monitoring. PinPoint Initiative has a number of uses within the government sector, including within transportation to inform passengers of changes or closures; for corrections facilities to communicate information to guards and staff; for federal buildings to communicate emerging threats; and many others.
Additionally, the solution’s advanced data analytics make managing emergencies easy: high-level threat identification can be achieved, and engagement and communication is simple and quick. Their access control feature also ensures legitimate authentication and secure credentialing.

Want to learn more about PinPoint Initiative? We’ve got you covered. 

 

SecurityInfoWatch: Improved Visitor Management Needed in Schools Nationwide, Experts Say

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Last week’s murder-suicide at North Park Elementary School in San Bernardino, Calif., which claimed the lives of a teacher and a student, was a grim reminder that no organization is immune from the threats posed by workplace violence. For years, security practitioners have warned about the potential dangers of domestic violence spilling over into the workplace and this shooting, which also resulted in another student being wounded, is a prime example of the catastrophic consequences resulting from such a situation. What’s more, school security experts say this most recent tragedy should spur more districts across the country to review their visitor management procedures and make changes where necessary.

PinPoint Initiative’s Chris Mashburn sits down with SecurityInfoWatch Editor Joel Griffin to discuss how schools today can work toward implementing sweeping changes to keep students and teachers safe.

Read the full article on SecurityInfoWatch.