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National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi Deploys Avigilon HD Surveillance System to Boost Security at Sporting Events

09/30/2010

Avigilon HD Surveillance System will be used as tool to study risk mitigation, compliance techniques, and set security standards for stadiums and arenas worldwide

Vancouver, Canada – September 30, 2010 – Avigilon, the performance and value leader in high definition (HD) and megapixel video surveillance systems, today announced that the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi has deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System as a permanent laboratory tool for the purpose of studying techniques to mitigate the security risks inherent with large spectator sport venues. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System will go live on October 2, 2010, providing security for the nationally televised conference football game vs. Marshall University at the M.M. Roberts Stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi.

As a founding partner of the NCS4, Avigilon is committed to supporting the Center’s mission to advance the professional development of its students, faculty, and programs and enhance stadium and arena security around the globe. Collaborating with the Center through training and research, Avigilon has invested more than $250,000 by supplying the Avigilon HD Surveillance System in a joint effort to increase sports security awareness worldwide. The Avigilon HD Surveillance System will be used by NCS4 members both locally and remotely to demonstrate risk mitigation techniques and will also be used as a compliance tool for industry requirements such as the National Football League’s Code of Conduct.

“Broadcast sports events have relied on instant replay capabilities to provide indisputable decisions regarding game plays, and now the Avigilon HD Surveillance System can offer the same features to enhance stadium and arena security,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, NCS4 director. “We will use the Avigilon HD Surveillance System to demonstrate how the effective implementation of an HD surveillance solution can mitigate risk, help ensure spectator safety, and be used as a tool for regulatory compliance.”

“As the only sports security training organization of its kind in the United States, the NCS4 has clearly demonstrated the need for a standard approach to risk mitigation and process conformance for stadiums and arenas,” said Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing at Avigilon. “We are pleased that the Avigilon HD Surveillance System will play a critical role in the Center’s effort to enhance the level of preparedness at the M.M. Roberts Stadium at the University of Southern Mississippi and at sporting venues worldwide.”

With a growing customer base including Wrigley Field in Chicago, Target Field – the home of the Minnesota Twins, Canberra Stadium in Australia, and other high-profile stadiums and arenas worldwide, Avigilon has realized rapid acceptance as a technology leader in the sports venue market.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. More information is found at www.usm.edu.

About Avigilon
Avigilon designs, manufactures, and markets award-winning HD surveillance systems. The performance and value leader, Avigilon’s solutions protect and monitor thousands of customer sites in more than 60 countries around the world. Avigilon Control Center, the world’s first open HD Network Video Management Software platform, and megapixel cameras deliver full situational awareness and actionable image detail. Campuses, transportation systems, healthcare providers, public venues, infrastructure, and manufacturing sites with security, safety validation, and compliance requirements all benefit from reduced investigation time and more successful investigations by immediately producing indisputable video evidence. Avigilon earned Frost & Sullivan’s Company of the Year award in 2009 and the Frost & Sullivan Global Video Surveillance New Product Innovation of the Year award in 2010. For further information, please visit www.avigilon.com.