USM's NCS4 develops new safety, security software system

USM's NCS4 develops new safety, security software system

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Southern Miss has developed a new computer software system that is designed to improve planning and security at sports venues and special events.

It is called TOPVenue and it is a product of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). It is based on that center's training, best practices and academic research and it uses the latest crowd simulation software.

It allows the user to construct, analyze and simulate crowd flows.

"It's a realistic 2-D, 3-D approach," said Dan DeMott, associate director of training and business development at NCS4. "I can actually get at the level and look around the venue or event location, see the walls, see the passageways, see the vendor locations. It's a realistic view as it takes for event management."

TOPVenue is designed to help professional sports, colleges and universities, marathons and after-school activities.

For more about TOPVenue, you can go online to www.topvenue.org.