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National Center for Sports Security Holds Software Demonstration PDF Print E-mail
Friday, April 09, 2010
Contact Van Arnold, 601.266.5568   

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) reached another important milestone on Thursday, April 8 with a demonstration of new control and command software technology provided by founding partner Raytheon.

The new C2 software system is being utilized within the National Sport Security Laboratory at NCS4. The system represents the heart of the National Lab’s capabilities to evaluate, test and process data.

“This really takes us to the next level as far as the National Center is concerned,” said NCS4 Director Dr. Lou Marciani. “Having Raytheon, a proven leader in defense system technology and solutions, deliver sophisticated software systems such as the one we have in place now will enable us to plan, practice and communicate more effectively as a unit.”

Nathan Kennedy, a member of the Mission Innovation team at Raytheon, explained that the new control and command software serves as a hub within the framework of various software platforms currently being used at NCS4.

“Think of it like a spine in the human body,” he said. “You’ve got all of these other body parts that are important but they’re all linked; all coordinated by the spine. This software operates in much the same fashion, integrating various components of technology into a seamless system of information gathering and sharing.”

Established in 2006, The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security was created to provide an interdisciplinary academic environment to further increase sport security awareness; improve sport security policies and procedures and enhance emergency response through evacuation, recovery operations and crowd management training.

Dave Spillman, also with the Mission Innovation team, said installation of the new software system was the result of a collaborative effort between Raytheon and NCS4 representatives.

“This is my fourth trip down (from Massachusetts) to the National Center and we’ve spent many hours brainstorming what types of software technology should be used in conjunction with the C2 system,” he said. “I think what we have laid out is a roadmap for where we need to go. And our hope is to have a prototype that incorporates all of the capabilities of this system in place by the fall football season.”

For more information about The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security, call 601.266.6183 or visit www.NCS4.com


Nathan Kennedy, a member of Mission Innovation with Raytheon Company, explains a new control and command software system recently installed at The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at The University of Southern Mississippi. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)


Features of the new control and command software system supplied by Raytheon Company were on display during a demonstration at The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security on Thursday, April 8. (Office of University Communications photo by Steve Rouse)

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