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GIS app offers enhanced security for football stadiums

Virginia, US: A new GIS (Geographic Information Systems) application promises to help security agencies by making them better equipped in ensuring adequate security during big crowd-pulling events such as football games.

The new application, which is meant for event management, was recently tested during a local game and is set to be used at all home games at Lane Stadium.

The application allows police and emergency responders to track and view security and safety activities digitally using a Web-enabled, spatial platform.

The map displays GIS layers for incidents, rescue squad and police resources, stadium seating location references and interior space floor plans overlaid on top of an aerial view of the stadium and surrounding areas.

As police and rescue squad calls come into the stadium emergency operations command centre, Bobbi Myers, an administrator in Virginia Tech’s Emergency Management, inputs both reported incidents and the location of responders deployed to the scene.

Data points are immediately stored in the university’s Enterprise GIS system, from which they can later be used to analyze university response and plan for future events.

“As each game is unique, the application provides a picture of events as they happen, giving responders the information they need to identify problem areas and strategically redeploy assets in response to changing circumstances,” said Seth Peery, senior architect for enterprise GIS and one of four developers of the application.

The application also provides a search capability, enabling responders to enter an officer’s name and quickly pinpoint on the aerial image where that officer was last stationed. Because the time of each incident is recorded, responders can view the day’s unfolding events as a time-lapse animation, to help them better understand when, as well as where, “hot spots” of activity took place.

The application also can be easily adapted for use at other stadium events, not just football games.

Source: VT News