Event safety specialist Crest Planning has signed a new contract with Luton Borough Council following the success of its incident management system, Halo, at Luton International Carnival 2018 and 2019, as well as with neighbouring local authority Bedfordshire Borough Council.
Halo will be used at various Luton events including the International Carnival and VE Day Celebrations on May 8 and the Luton Mela, which attracts more than 40,000 people across two days in August. Halo will not be limited to use at events but can also be used in an operational sense for day-to-day use with the borough’s public protection teams, including emergency planning, parking, licensing and neighbourhood enforcement.
Luton Borough Council’s civil protection and business community manager, Pritesh Mistry, says: “We bought Halo after seeing it in action at Luton International Carnival 2019 and at the Ashes Test match at Edgbaston last summer. We were really impressed with the various features of Halo, especially the way that all aspects of an event/incident are logged, ready for reporting post-event. We also liked the fact that we can restrict what different users can see – so that the overall picture can be maintained by the control room, and individual users are not bombarded with constant information.”
Wayne Humberstone, operations director at Crest Planning, adds: “We built our system from the ground up to be exceptionally versatile and robust. This allows Luton Council to deploy Halo in response to natural disasters like floods, to co-ordinate a full multi-agency response and set up relief centres. Halo can support their lone workers as they patrol the streets of Luton keeping them clean and safe. Halo will also provide its traditional functions at events across Luton allowing the public access to a system to keep them safe. Its a truly multi-functional, multi-agency, multi-award winning system like no other on the market and with neighbouring authorities also on the system it will create some brilliant opportunities for cross-border, partnership working.”