As part of my time back stage at T-in-the-Park (see earlier Blog post), I was also able to observe operations in the Joint Operations Control Centre by Tayside Police. I’ve attended a number of festivals with complete ignorance as to the emergency services operations that take place in the background. In the case of T-in-the-Park it really was a situation where big brother was watching you!
IP Cameras and Bing Maps being used to monitor the festival site
The police were running a larger number of IP Cameras which meant they could monitor all areas, proactively looking for incidents or potential problems. With the power of the technology they had at their disposal, they were able to zoom in on areas of concern and direct resources appropriately. To support the IP cameras they were also using our Bing Maps with overlaid information to help the operators navigate the site and reference the different zones.
Two of the situations I observed during the weekend were:
Congratulations should go to the team working on the event that kept all of the 200,000 visitors safe 24/7.
Posted by Dan