OTW Safety made some great new friends, hobnobbed with musicians, and showed off our Billboard Barricade crowd control device at this year’s International Music Festival Conference and International Film Festival Summit in Austin, TX.

As the official safety sponsor of both events, we tried our best not to be hall monitors. But, crowd control is serious business.

That’s OTW’s own Eric Stevens (the handsome guy in the middle) participating in a panel discussion on music festival safety and security. Eric spoke about the tragic and deadly consequences that can and have resulted when event planners fail to develop a proper plan for safely directing their thousands of attendees.  Sorry for the bring down everyone, but it had to be said.

Not that we were doom and gloom the whole conference. We grabbed our fair share of drinks while chatting one-on-one with all the fascinating festival folk. People seemed genuinely interested in how OTW’s Billboard Barricade is revolutionizing crowd control. For decades, event planners relied on galvanized steel barricades. They were heavy, hard to set up, and harder to store. They came in one color: gray. And, the process of galvanization required for their production creates several nasty byproducts that often seep into local ground water.

Instead of the cold gray of steel barriers, our Billboard Barricade offers a blank canvas that can be filled with anything from event information and directions to revenue generating advertisements. Available in a variety of colors, these barricades are light enough to be set up quickly and efficiently by one person, but sturdy enough meet any crowd control need.  They are also produced right here in Utah from recycled plastic.  Plus, they stack for easy storage, transportation.

But enough about us, back to Texas.

Don’t get us wrong. All of us at OTW Safety love our native Salt Lake City, especially when there’s fresh powder on the ground. But, the warm(ish) Austin nights and smoking hot nightlife made for an incredible experience.

To all the friends we made, thanks for a great time!