Market Focus: Public Events & Venues

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations

Centrum Properties Roosevelt Collection Project

The Centrum Properties Roosevelt Collection project, a luxury urban residential, retail, entertainment complex in Chicago's South Loop district, has deployed Altronix's HubWay UTP Transceivers, which provide an integrated system solution to send high-quality video over long distances via structured cable.

The Roosevelt Collection comprises two eight-story 342-unit residential lofts, a two level retail plaza, a 16-screen movie cinema and an enclosed 1,500-vehicle, three-level parking garage. M&R Electronic Systems was the winning bidder for the video surveillance and security (i.e., card access, alarm, etc.) system, which called for approximately 100 cameras to be installed throughout the two-block city square complex covering approximately 1.3 million square feet.

"The long cable distances and the absence of a building-wide local area network prohibited us from using IP-based cameras, and due to the significant number of cameras being deployed, installing individual coax and power cables for each analog camera would have been very expensive and labor intensive," said Chuck Augello, Senior Project Manager, M&R Electronic Systems.

The transceivers come in a range of models capable of transmitting high quality video up to a mile with several units that also provide camera power. They support 16 and 32 cameras with features like auto picture and gain control, and compensation for video polarity. The units are designed in a compact 1U 19-inch EIA rack that can also be wall- or shelf-mounted.

Red Bulls Arena

North American Video (NAV) has completed the installation of a state-of-the-art physical security system at the newly built Red Bulls Soccer Arena. Located in Harrison, N.J., the arena is equipped with a mixture of fixed and pan/tilt video surveillance cameras and a card access system with local alarm monitoring at the security command center to help ensure the safety and security of the fans and players.

"Red Bulls Arena is one of many large entertainment venues that require a specialized security solution," says Jason Oakley, NAV's CEO.

The 25,000-seat arena features 55 video surveillance cameras that are installed both inside and on the perimeter of the building, with many at dizzying heights. As many as 25 doors are equipped with access control card readers that feature alarm monitoring for added security. Two security command centers were also part of the design and installation to allow for everyday system monitoring as well as for game days when more intense monitoring is required.

The Red Bulls Arena is home to the New York Red Bulls Soccer Team, a member of Major League Soccer (MLS). The design of the arena, which is on par with major soccer stadiums around the world, features a roof that extends past the field's touchlines and provides coverage from inclement weather.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

The City of Vancouver recently deployed the Avigilon HD Surveillance System during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games to provide situational awareness to city emergency management staff and the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) in their effort to maintain public order and safety at the main pedestrian corridors in the city's downtown core while respecting the privacy of individuals.

Facing an influx of millions of visitors during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the City of Vancouver recognized the need for a real-time situational awareness tool that could provide all agencies with an up-to-the-minute view of what was going on in key areas of the city, including Granville Street, Robson Street, and Hamilton/Mainland Street in the city`s entertainment district.

"The system gave us a bird's-eye view of the downtown core during the Olympic Games, unobtrusively delivering the situational awareness we needed to ensure public order and safety while maintaining privacy rights," said Kevin Wallinger, director of emergency management for the City of Vancouver. "With the Avigilon surveillance solution in place, we gained faster access to critical information that we used to mitigate potentially difficult situations."

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