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A balanced security approach provides a scorecard of opportunity

But security systems also provide a broad array of information not just for a particular event but also for all the security systems on campus or in the surrounding areas, whether it's the state police, national guard or other security teams in and around the area. Such was also the case for The O2, an entertainment venue with a 20,000 capacity arena, inside the Greenwich Peninsula district in London.

A different kind of game

"Stadiums and similar buildings attract a great crowd of people and this can have an impact on the surrounding areas," explained Paul Anderson, technical management consultant, Direct Security, London.

Operators at the O2 Operational Control Room manage the Avigilon HD Surveillance System using Avigilon Control Center network video management software (NVMS) with HD Stream Management. Avigilon HD cameras ranging from one to 16 megapixels were installed around the exterior of the O2 to monitor high-traffic areas and capture license plate and facial details, and at all entrances at indigO2 to identify incoming ticket holders. Several Avigilon analog video encoders were installed to create a hybrid surveillance system that dramatically improves the performance of PTZ analog cameras in a cost effective manner. An Avigilon Network Video Recorder (NVR) stores up to 31 days of continuous surveillance video and additional workstations were set up at the Greenwich Peninsula Business Centre and the nearby Transport for London building.

The Avigilon HD surveillance system is also installed at the indigO2, a 2,350 capacity venue inside the O2 which opened in June 2007. The completed system entailed the transfer of all analog cameras from the Panasonic recorders onto the Avigilon recorders, allowing for an increased recording capability from three days storage to 28 days. All entrances are covered by four megapixel cameras, to identify incoming ticket holders, which are linked through to the central event control room.

The implementation of IP video surveillance and megapixel cameras continue to drive technology in sporting stadiums and public venues. The emergence of high definition video surveillance tied in with the integration of fire alarm and access control, is a concept evident at universities, according to Marciani. Also emerging is tighter credentialing and overall video surveillance tracking.

Drivers of technology

Other types of systems in this space include elevator control and building management systems, communication systems and chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear (CBRNE) systems, according to Larry Lien, vice president of Product Management, Proximex, Sunnyvale, Calif. "Video systems are common, but for higher profile events, organizations will look at additional systems with different sensor types to detect various threats," he said.

One recent technology partnership that promotes the integrated use of video surveillance with other systems is between Proximex and Avigilon, who teamed up to allow Proximex Surveillint to bi-directionally interface, communicate and integrate with all Avigilon Control Center HD systems. The Avigilon HD platform integration module for Surveillint lets security operators view live and recorded video and then relate that video with data from other physical security systems such as access control, fire and intrusion.

"Sports arenas, like other types of public assembly facilities, are sensitized and vigilant in quickly responding to incidents involving their fans, guests and employees," said Dave Tynan, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing, Avigilon. "The integration between Avigilon High Definition video systems and Proximex Surveillint provides security operators the potential of instantaneous access to indisputable video."

Security in stadiums and public venues has come a long way. End users continue to looking at what technology can offer them and are turning to systems integrators to help them deploy the latest solutions that allow them to be proactive in their approach.


Technology providers Arecont Vision, Theia Technologies and Verint Systems provided the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) with a number of technological components for the video surveillance system. The system covered 300 to 400 temporary structures of the event, including the Alltech Experience Pavilion and the Kentucky Experience, which housed the welcome center, as well as an exhibit, product and entertainment pavilion. Security included the following components: