Lab Testing

National Sport Security Laboratory

Testing and evaluation of safety and security equipment, systems, and processes

Overview

NCS4’s National Sports Security Laboratory (NSSL) offers solution providers an independent, impartial testing environment to validate their products and services for sports and special events. The NSSL provides industry professionals with an awareness of new solutions and a comprehensive review to assist them in making informed decisions regarding the procurement and deployment of products and services. Examples of these providers may include, but are not limited to: screening, evaluation, access control, video surveillance, explosive detection and information management.

Following an evaluation, solution providers are featured in the NCS4 Buyer’s Guide for no less than one year and receive additional opportunities to educate and inform NCS4’s network, which includes:

·         Professional Leagues

·         Open-access Events

·         Intercollegiate and Interscholastic Athletics

·         Professional associations

·         Private Sector Firms

·         Government Agencies

The NSSL is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders and key stakeholders. 

Vendors interested in having their products and/or processes evaluated should contact NCS4 Lab Director Daniel Ward at Daniel.L.Ward@usm.edu or 601.266.5999.



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Below are the steps included in the evaluation process:
  1. Candidate product/process screening
  2. Establish a vendor agreement (based on criteria)
  3. Prepare operational/technical requirements
  4. Define evaluation approach/establish weighted criteria (if applicable)
  5. Peer review by industry evaluators with necessary domain knowledge
  6. Execute evaluation/assessment
  7. Analyze test results
  8. Produce evaluation report

There are numerous benefits to having your solutions evaluated through NCS4's National Sports Security Laboratory.

Solution Providers

  • Access to sport venue environment for design, development and testing prior to exposure in an operational environment
  • Market awareness and recognition through NCS4 communication channels
  • Catalyst for continous improvement
  • Connection of solution providers with the sports safety and security industry

End Users

  • Awareness of new solutions
  • Observation of solutions operating in a sport envrionment
  • Informed decision-making prior to procurement and deployment

Industry

  • Development of industry standards based on research and application
  • Connection of solution providers with sports safety and security community
  • Reduction of cycle time for appropriate solutions to reach end users
  • Reduction of costs for both solution providers and end users

The National Sport Security Laboratory (NSSL) applies technology and theory relative to sports safety and security through evaluation, integration and education. The facility offers the opportunity to research and develop technologies, create proofs of concept, validate capabilities and educate the sport safety and security industry on the application of new and existing technologies. Integrated technologies are made available to practitioners and students for demonstration, training and exercises in an effort to enhance national sport safety and security preparedness.

Product Evaluations:

Solution providers interested in attaining the “Lab Tested” designation for a product can have their solution validated in an operational environment by industry and subject matter expert. Successful completion results in attaining the “Lab Tested” designation, inclusion in NCS4 information programs, and special recognition at NCS4 events. Following an evaluation, solution providers are provided with a report for distribution. NCS4 maintains an Evaluated Product List as a resource for practitioners seeking safety and security solutions.

Product Reviews:

Solution providers interested in gathering market intelligence or industry feedback on products can participate in a product review. The NCS4 will facilitate the process of connecting solution providers with practitioners to assist in creating product value proposition and building industry relations.

Training and Education:

Solution providers interested in training and educating practitioners can work with NCS4 to create customized curriculum and training opportunities.

To get started, contact Daniel Ward at (601) 266-5999 or Daniel.L.Ward@usm.edu.

How long does an evaluation take?

The length of an evaluation depends largely on the solution provider. NCS4 works directly with solution providers to define product capabilities and evaluation criteria. Once the scope of work is defined, the evaluation process can begin. The entire process takes a minimum of 2 months and take much longer if required. In short, the process is designed to allow solution providers to move at a pace that is comfortable for them.

Are evaluations comparative?

Evaluations are non-comparative and unbiased. Every evaluation is customized to the product and tested in an operational environment. Additionally, industry and technical experts are carefully selected to ensure a fair and high-quality process.

What if I fail the evaluation?

An evaluation is not designed to be a pass or fail process. The goal of the process is to validate a products ability to enhance sports safety and security operations. The process allows for products and processes to be refined prior to evaluation. Following the evaluation, practitioners can review the report to determine if the solution is right for their safety and security programs.

How much does a product evaluation cost?

While costs are typically between $15k - $20k, the cost of an evaluation will vary based on location, industry expertise requirements, duration, and facility requirements.