The National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have named Scott Dunn – senior director of business development, solutions and services for Axis Communications, Inc. – as the 2019 recipient of the Sports Security Innovator Award. SIA will present Dunn with the honour at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition, taking place July 9-11 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Dunn serves on the National Advisory Board for the NCS4, the nation’s first academic centre dedicated to spectator sports safety and security research, professional development, training and outreach. He also helped the NCS4 start – and attract global companies to – the Sports and Entertainment Technology Alliance and has been instrumental in the 2025 Smart Stadiums project.
Delivering smarter, safer stadiums
I’m excited to continue collaborating on new concepts and innovative solutions to deliver on the promise of smarter, safer stadiums and venues"“It’s an honour to be recognised with the 2019 Sports Security Innovator Award from two renowned security organisations who play such a key role in our industry,” said Dunn. “I’m excited to continue collaborating on new concepts and innovative solutions to deliver on the promise of smarter, safer stadiums and venues of the future. Thank you, SIA and NCS4, for this meaningful recognition.”
The NCS4 – established at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) – works in close partnership with industry professionals, researchers, academics and government agencies to bolster the capacity of practitioners to effectively respond to safety and security challenges.
“Scott is a passionate and innovative leader who sees academia as a catalyst for industry growth,” said Dr. Lou Marciani, director of the NCS4. “Scott has a deep understanding of what is necessary to advance the sports safety and security industry, and we are grateful to have his support of our National Center.”
Recognition for contribution towards sport security
At Axis, Dunn leads the company’s long-term strategy regarding in-house developed solutions, including access control, hosted video and future products. He is also responsible for the company’s segment focus, which includes industries such as smart cities, government, retail and health care, and serves on the SIA Board of Directors.
Award winners are selected for having promoted scholarship, advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants
“SIA is proud to join the NCS4 in presenting Scott Dunn with the Sports Security Innovator Award in recognition of the time, expertise and effort he has contributed toward advancing sport security,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “Scott has demonstrated expertise in cross-organisational collaboration, fostering best practices, promoting effective security technology use at large stadiums and entertainment venues and working toward the stadium of the future.”
Developing solutions for sports safety challenges
The Sports Security Innovator Award – co-presented each year by SIA and the NCS4 at the National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition – recognises individual SIA members who have demonstrated innovation by developing next-generation solutions for sports safety and security challenges.
Award winners are selected for having promoted scholarship, advanced best practices for ensuring the safety and security of participants and attendees at sporting events and advocated for the highest levels of professionalism in the securing of spectator sports venues.
The 10th annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition will gather top professionals in the field for a program dedicated to security and safety technologies, products, services and education for safeguarding assets and spectators.