Crowd monitoring for security and safety
The MONICA crowd solution offers real-time monitoring of crowd density, behaviour and flow which is a valuable tool for making decisions on security more efficient.
The MONICA blimp used at the Kappa FuturFestival is 5 meters long with a diameter up to 2½ meters. It can be tied to the ground or moved around by two field operators. Read more about the use of airships in MONICA HERE
Based on a system of 8-10 cameras installed along the stage and staff members wearing wristbands, data are processed and results visualised in the COP, showing direction and magnitude of crowd flow and displaying crowd heat maps with the density and number of people in the different areas. The operator can thereby detect incidents such as crowd unrest and even fights, prompting a quick response from the security personnel.
To give an overview of the concert area, a MONICA blimp equipped with a camera, will be hovering 40 meters above the ground to monitor the crowd levels. Initially, the blimp will be placed behind the FUTUR stage, but if the wind conditions permit it, the blimp might also be moved around.
The data will be analysed separately but is foreseen to be integrated into the MONICA IoT platform for the 2019 demonstration.
Wristbands for locating staff and handling incidents
Knowing the precise, real-time location of staff members enables a more accurate supervision of both the venue and the event and a prompt intervention in case of a security incident. To demonstrate how this can be achieved, 15 staff members, mainly from security and production will wear the MONICA smart wristbands based on UWB radio technology that enables both accurate localisation of staff (precision range below 50 cm) and communication to and between staff members. The supervisor can then monitor the status via the COP, having a complete and accurate overview of staff positions.
Apart from staff tracking and crowd monitoring, the staff and crowd wristbands will also be used to demonstrate the handling of incidents and the location of missing persons.
Added functionalities in 2019
The results will be used to refine the solutions and scale up the number of end users for the 2019 demonstration. Furthermore, new features and functionalities will be added, such as: incident detection through sound processing of sound level meters; the establishment of quiet zones and enhancement of the sound control system, adjusting for changes in weather and crowd size. Additionally, visitors will be engaged through the use of crowd wristbands, to help strengthen the crowd and capacity monitoring solution and to enhance user experience and engagement.
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Festival representative: Gabriella Botte from Movement Entertainment
Technical coordinator: Francesco Sottile from Istituto Superiore Mario Boella