A Netherlands based software firm, INCONTROL Simulation Solutions, has announced intentions to open an office in Hattiesburg, Miss., and operate out of the Trent Lott National Center for Economic Development and Entrepreneurship at The University of Southern Mississippi campus.
The firm’s new office location is a result of a partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi. Through grant-sponsored research, NCS4 developed a computer-based simulation training system, SportEvac, with promising application for the sport security industry.
Seeking a private sector firm to continue development and commercialization of the system, NCS4 connected with INCONTROL and the relationship resulted in the opening of a new Hattiesburg office.
“The opening of this local office will allow NCS4 and INCONTROL to efficiently collaborate with valuable research and information to enable continuous development and improvement of these products in order to enhance security operations and preparedness for the industry,” said Dr. Steve Miller, NCS4’s associate director of Training and Business Development.
“Locating in Hattiesburg was a logical step as it positions our firm to leverage the resources of NCS4 and ensure that our products and services are truly targeting the needs of the end-users,” said Louis Schijve, CEO of INCONTROL.
INCONTROL’s new office will focus on software development to produce custom simulation modeling and training systems for sport stadiums, arenas and other venues of mass gathering. The custom models will allow sport security professionals and venue operations managers the capability to visualize crowd movement under various conditions.
As a training tool, these systems can be used to train, plan and prepare for “what-if” scenarios, as well as daily operations in support of event management.
“This example of academia and private sector partnership is important for the university and the public safety sector that it serves,” said Dr. Shannon Campbell, director of the Trent Lott National Center. “The Center hopes that other firms will follow this lead to build even more synergy being created by this newly formed partnership.”