Market Focus: Public Events & Venues

A roundup of recent unique security applications and installations

More than 20 cameras - including 11MP and 16MP - were installed in the area, along with analog video encoders and cameras with integrated IR illumination. Many of the installations were connected to the network via the City's fiber backbone.

Emergency Operations Centre staff managed the HD Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management on five workstations and stored up to 21 days of footage on four servers. Additional workstations were set up at the Vancouver Police Department and the City of Vancouver Transportation Operations Centre for added monitoring.

TCF Bank Stadium

The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers' TCF Bank Stadium features the Schlage L-Series mortise locks (mechanical and electrical) and maglocks, Von Duprin power supplies, LCN closers and auto-equalizers, Steelcraft doors and frames, Ives accessories, and Glynn Johnson overheads from Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies.

"Owners and managers of sports stadiums are taking the necessary steps to secure their stadiums against potential threats, including catastrophic incidents," says Ingersoll Rand Security Technologies Director, Business Development Mark Moran, who is also chair of the Board of Advisors to the Center for Spectator Sports Security Management at the University of Southern Mississippi. "TCF Bank stadium has focused on spectator and player security so fans can simply enjoy their day at the stadium, root for their team and get home safely with their families."

Opened in Sept. 2009, the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium's open-air horseshoe design allows a capacity of 50,800, which includes general seats and an impressive array of premium seating. All seats are housed in a collegiate look and feel that complements the campus environment. The total cost was $288.5 million, which includes site preparation, the stadium itself, and district improvements.

Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios of Florida has deployed Hikvision's H.264 compression cards as part of custom-assembled PC-based recorders monitoring camera footage across a leisure site that includes the world's biggest McDonald's and attractions such as Springfield (home of "The Simpsons") and a "Jaws" harbor.

Faced with theft and vandalism in their gaming locations where petty thieves prey on parents who may be distracted while attending to children, park officials decided to deploy continuous high-quality video footage.

The dual-stream video compression cards, installed by integrator National Security Inc., offers H.264 (MPEG-4/Part 10) real-time video compression. These units also allow audio compression in the open-source Ogg Vorbis format. The cards provide end-users who need to examine footage closely with display resolution of up to 4CIF.

The Hikvision compression cards are core components in custom-built PC-based video recorders that are empowering staff at the resort's guardhouse with comprehensive footage of the 160-acre site. Universal security staff can store video clips in high-definition display (HDD) as well as transferring data to removable media. With many large facilities employing a mix of analogue and IP-addressable cameras, the cards facilitate a hybrid solution.

The resort works closely with the Orlando Police Department, which uses the CCTV images for evidential purposes when securing convictions.

Target Field

Target Field - the new home of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins - opened in April 2010 with stainless steel portable SLT turnstiles and Quick Queue retractable belt stanchions from Alvarado.

The facility had two requirements for its crowd control equipment. First, it wanted turnstiles to control entry, but the turnstiles needed to be moved out of entryways in the middle innings to create larger exit paths for fans leaving the ballpark. Second, once fans entered the stadium, Target Field needed stanchions to manage concession lines.

Another major requirement was that the products needed to be portable. Target Field needed the ability to move turnstiles and stanchions to match fan traffic during the course of the game.