Open air festival will get pulses racing: It is again time to rock the Günther-Klotz open-air stage during DAS FEST in Karlsruhe, one of the largest three-day open air events in Germany, offering a fabulous mix of live music and entertainment (25 – 27 July). Safety videos produced by PTV Group will once again provide festivalgoers with valuable information on crowd behaviour and crowd safety, showing them what they can do to keep the event safe and secure and have even more fun during the festival.
Dr. Tobias Kretz, Chief Technical Product Manager, PTV Group: “Since 2008, we have been working together with the event organisers, supporting them in analysing visitor flows and managing crowd safety in a systematic way. Our video animations give examples of practical precautions that festivalgoers can take to contribute to event safety and security. The videos show them how to avoid overcrowding and what to do in the event of an emergency. With more than 250,000 visitors each year, such plans can be of vital importance.”
Two videos will be shown several times a day between the live acts on two LED screens at the main stage and on another screen next to the coffee and chillout areas. A computer animation shows how crowd movement in front of the main stage is controlled via signalling (green = go, red = stop). Only a specified number of visitors are allowed to enter this area. The process of entering and leaving this particularly sensitive area is displayed on a screen, allowing for adequate crowd regulation. The second video shows visitors which escape routes they can choose in order to leave the separate main stage area. This helps them to find their way around once they are on site and to check the location of the nearest exit. PTV produces these safety videos using its PTV Vissim and PTV Viswalk software tools for the simulation of traffic and pedestrian flows.
“DAS FEST is also a great platform where you can share knowledge and expertise with other security experts. Sharing our experiences and lessons learned with others is of tremendous benefit, not least in view of the research project BaSiGo (Bausteine für die Sicherheit von Großveranstaltungen), which focuses on major event safety and security. As part of this project we are involved in developing specific training courses for event organisers,” says Kretz.