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Halo Solutions is on the floor this week in the UK working closely with the team at Silverstone to implement the #ZIMSsystem powered by Halo.

Silverstone, the home of British Motor Racing, is using the ZIMS System to maximize its communications across all events at its venue so they run more safely and efficiently over the next few years, including this week’s British Grand Prix on Sunday 18th July 2021.

The ZIMS System will be used by Silverstone to connect all the different agencies on site to one system, for the first time. With ‘multi-agency-logging’ enabled, all agencies get their own, filtered view of what their ground team are reporting, can share those details between each other when they need to and SIlverstone gets one overall top down view - all in realtime. Through the system images, including CCTV, will be put directly in the hands of those who need it, maximizing the effectiveness of all response teams and dramatically reducing response times.

Silverstone’s Head of Security, Peter Downing, says: “Silverstone has a long history of providing the best motorsport experience and entertainment across a wide range of events. Since our first race on the 2nd October 1948 when we welcomed an estimated 10,000 people at the first British Grand Prix we have prided ourselves on the safety and security of fans, spectators, competitors, staff and volunteers. Our events are bigger than ever and as the business has continued to evolve we have been looking for a suitable software platform to support the management of our larger public events.

“The Halo software has so much to offer on the back of an experienced team who know the tools the event industry needs to ensure the running of an event safely and efficiently. We’re excited to partner with the Halo team to deliver this at our events this year, particularly, as we invite fans back into our Venue.”

Silverstone’s delivery teams and contractors can record incidents using ZIMS in real-time, with award winning, user-friendly mobile and desktop applications. ZIMS' key benefits include: an un-editable audit trail for all incidents and tasks and simplified data entry with clearly defined forms ensuring only essential information is entered including functionality to use voice typing and include images. All agencies, including remote access for Emergency Services can use the multi-agency dashboard allowing external partners controlled access, resource tracking, mapping and the functionality to digitise security checks, ensuring operational compliance against bio standards, H&S legislation, risk assessments and safety protocols. ZIMS Removes the need for all safety check paperwork and capturing where, when, who, what and how exactly any check was done, including recurring checks, saving time and money on paperwork, enhancing the audit trail, the safety standards and keeping the radio clear for important messages.

Halo Solutions’ CEO and Co-Founder, Lloyd Major, adds: “There really is something magical about Silverstone and Formula 1, especially for myself, being a fan of Formula 1 for as long as I can remember. Seeing Halo come to life behind the scenes, supporting the wonderful people who put this event on, keeping everyone safe, is always a humbling experience and that is especially true when working on events of this magnitude. It is only amplified by the significance of being on the threshold of our emergence from Coronavirus, after such a tough year for everyone, the huge excitement and overwhelming relief of seeing events returning to the calendar, especially of this size is terrific. The weekend of the British Grand Prix will see the sunset on Covid restrictions and usher in a second half of the year for our wonderful events and sports industries to start to recover and the evidence we’re trusted to capture, on this scale and under this spotlight is why Halo is the system of choice to provide trusted, intelligent communications software.”

Venue and event managers need information in real-time to enable rapid and effective decision-making and they also require robust post-event reporting to support analysis of operational performance, the reporting of incidents during and post-event can be complicated, inefficient and often delayed when applications and tools are spread across various platforms like spreadsheets, whatsapp and radios. More and more venues are now starting to turn away from these and towards issue management systems.

Some great coverage of the story appeared in Conference News Magazine.

We are very excited to announce a new partnership with United States Youth Futsal (USFY). USFY holds 11 regionals with an average of 150 teams - 30 of which are out of town teams. They also hold a National Championship with 600 teams - of which about 450 are out of town teams.

We will focus on providing an simple traveling and booking experience for the guests, while automating the Event and Tournament management for USFY. They will also be earning cash back on traveling teams booking through their Online Event Marketplace!

It’s been about 2 weeks since the greatest ever game of cricket was played at Lords. Champagne was spraying, fans were cheering and the nation was united in watching Team England bring it home.

But now the champagne’s fizzled and the teams have returned home, the focus has shifted from the performance of Team England to recognizing just how well the tournament was delivered. Much like the 2012 Olympics, the congratulations is being extended to the many individuals and organizations operating behind the scenes to deliver a safe and enjoyable tournament. One such unsung hero of the tournament is AtomicMedia client Halo Solutions whose award-winning event safety system, Halo, was used by the ICC Cricket World Cup Organizing Committee to streamline security, safety procedures at the event. In the short space of two years, we went from training small-scale events to guarding some of the most high-profile sportsmen on the planet. Read on to find out how we supported their incredible rise to the world stage. From lanyards to Lords The system was founded by emergency service and industry professionals passionate about keeping the public safe at events. Originally intended to be printed as a handy aide memoire, Halo is the brainchild of founders Lloyd Major and Greg Horsford who between them have worked at all the major events in recent UK history. Having noticed huge flaws in the widely-accepted methods of managing the safety at events, they were quick to spot a gap in the market for a more technically-advanced solution. AtomicMedia was appointed to turn this idea into a reality back in 2017 after being tasked to design and build Halo from the ground up. Several months of planning, UI/UX designing, user testing and development followed before Halo 1.0 was born. The multi-platform system comprising of a native iOS mobile app, desktop reporting dashboard and administrator backend was described as ‘the future of public safety’ due to the way it intuitively integrates incident logging, action recording, decisions and rationale for what is called ‘Total Threat Resolution’, giving venues and event organizers complete control and real-time, shared situational awareness at their events. A winning formula HALO was quick to grab the attention of major players within the events industry, being used at events like the Reading Marathon, Luton Carnival, Mansfield Town FC and Boyzone’s farewell tour within months of its launch. Further recognition came in the form of silverware with the system going on to win a number of industry and Tech awards, including App of the Year at the UK App Awards. It wasn’t long before Halo was catching the eye of even more high profile events and organizations. None more so than the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup who selected Halo to be their system of choice at the event, to streamline security and safety procedures throughout the tournament. Shaping up The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup would see 48 matches take place across 11 UK venues with 10 teams taking part over six weeks. To meet these unique requirements, AtomicMedia embarked on an ambitious 3-month development program that saw new features such as Incident triaging, multi-dashboard views and enhanced geo-location tracking added to the system, as well as beginning work on a native Android version of the app. Fast forward to June 2019 and Halo 2.0 was launched! Over 1m attended and worked at the games and countless more attended the fan zones. It attracted a TV audience of 1.6bn viewers. Halo was used to keep everyone attending the event safe along with protecting the teams from hostile actions at their hotels and during their movements by coach to practice venues throughout the tournament. All close protection teams, residential security teams, hotels, cricket stadia and police forces used the same intelligence platform for the safeguarding of everyone involved in the event. Jill McCracken, Director of Tournament Safety and Security at the Cricket World Cup, says of working with Halo at the event: “Halo allowed me to keep my security plans discreet yet offered me the oversight to see what was going on across 10 cities at the same time. The app was a superb choice for the Cricket World Cup 2019 as it was so flexible we could tailor it to our requirements, it was also secure, fast and reliable.”

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