Event, venue and premises security specialist Integrated Security Consultants (ISC) has been awarded a five-year contract to supply CCTV and radio channel controllers to The O2 Arena in London.
The company has been chosen to provide controllers and senior controllers to the complete range of events held at the internationally-renowned venue in the wake of a competitive tender process.
Live music and events due to be staged at The O2 in the near future include concerts by Paolo Nutini and The Kaiser Chiefs. The venue in London’s Docklands is also set to stage the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and Strictly Come Dancing Live.
Indeed, the 20,000 capacity venue is the UK’s second biggest indoor arena and now one of the busiest in the world.
ISC’s team will provide the ‘eyes and ears’ of the venue’s security operation, relaying information between front line security and stewarding staff and venue management as well as liaising with fire, medical and external security teams where necessary.
In practice, ISC’s staff will monitor the movements of up to 60,000 people per day with the arena filling and emptying as many as three times on multiple event days. Importantly, the company has ensured continuity of service by welcoming the existing site controllers into its own team.
Supporting and enhancing venue operations
“ISC is an industry leader in the event security field, recognised for its quality of service and ability to integrate security operations within a venue’s wider structure,” commented Paul Griffiths, ISC’s business development manager.
“The O2 is one of the UK’s iconic buildings. We’re extremely privileged to be working in partnership with The O2 team to provide them with this critical function and look forward to supporting and enhancing operations at the site over the next five years.”
Pat Carr, managing director at ISC, added: “It’s part of the company’s wider strategy to bring our event security expertise to venues of all sizes, in turn providing a truly integrated service backed up by robust head office and senior management support. This contract cements ISC’s position as the security partner of choice for high-profile venues, and we’re thrilled to be fulfilling such a crucial part of The O2’s venue operation.”
This latest contract win follows on from last December’s news that ISC’s Singapore business has been awarded Security Agency license status, enabling the company to offer its full portfolio of security and crowd management services across Singapore and the South East Asia region.