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NCS4 Welcomes Surveillance Company as a Founding Partner PDF Print E-mail
Monday, September 21, 2009
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   
HATTIESBURG, Miss. – The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi has formed a partnership with video surveillance expert Avigilon to help foster the center’s vision and mission.

As a founding partner, Avigilon has made a three-year commitment to support the center’s core competency that will benefit the professional development of students, faculty, staff and programs.

Avigilon, with headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, will collaborate with NCS4 by providing training, research opportunities, technology and scholarly investments in the center’s agenda.

“We are pleased to support the center’s efforts to provide sports security professionals with the specialized skills and solutions required to maintain a high level of security at sporting events around the world,” said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing at Avigilon. “High definition surveillance represents a major advancement in the tools available to effectively ensure spectator safety and security.”

Avigilon has built a growing reputation as a technology leader in the sports venue market with high-profile customers such as Wrigley Field in Chicago; Target Field in Minneapolis and Canberra Stadium in Australia.

“In collaboration with the industry’s leading security experts, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security is driven to advance and demonstrate effective security management systems for sports venues,” said NCS4 Director Lou Marciani. “By partnering with Avigilon, our students and faculty will have access to cutting-edge technology and expert resources that will enable them to develop integrated security solutions to further enhance the security and safety of sporting events worldwide.”

Established in 2006, NCS4 is the only sports security training organization of its kind in the United States and remains the recognized leader in addressing potential threats and risks to the safety and security of sporting events. Through research, education and innovative solutions, the center continues to enhance the level of preparedness at sporting venues worldwide.

With financial support from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, NCS4 works with advisory board members from the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the NCAA and others to further increase sports security awareness.

As of Sept. 1 of this year, NCS4 had sponsored 29 Sport Event Risk Management workshops across the country. Seventeen of those workshops were held at NFL stadiums, including the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans. A total of 228 NCAA Division I, II and III institutions participated in the workshops with 1,061 individuals receiving training.

For more information about NCS4, visit www.NCS4.com. To learn more about Avigilon, visit www.avigilon.com 

About The University of Southern MississippiThe University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities.  In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world.  Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu.            
                                                                                                                      
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