Security technology vendors team up to secure the annual Little League Baseball World Series

Turnkey video surveillance solution provided by Allied Telesis, Axis Communications, Firetide and Lenel Systems


Allied Telesis, a provider of secure IP/Ethernet switching solutions, announced that it has teamed again this year with Axis Communications, Firetide Inc. and Lenel Systems International Inc. to contribute an end-to-end IP video surveillance solution that will play a critical role in keeping the 2013 Little League Baseball World Series players and more than 400,000 expected spectators safe during the ten-day event, August 15-25.

The Little League Baseball World Series evolves and improves upon its security each year by leveraging state-of-the-art technologies. This year, Allied Telesis is contributing the backbone of the wired network with nine of its GS950 Gigabit WebSmart Switches driving complementary solutions that include Lenel’s access control and a mix of more than 30 Axis Communications IP-based digital surveillance cameras. Firetide is supplying 13 outdoor HotPort 7020 mesh nodes to connect a network of multiple IP cameras that cover the vast majority of the 79-acre baseball complex and surrounding areas, delivering high-definition video surveillance.

“The annual Little League Baseball World Series draws teams and families from around the globe, as well as high-profile spectators, like heads of state and international dignitaries. Our top priority is keeping everyone safe and that requires a massive coordinated effort involving local, state and federal law enforcement,” said Jim Ferguson, director of security for Little League Baseball and Softball. “The technology solution provided by Allied Telesis, Axis, Firetide and Lenel is a critical part of that coordinated effort and enables us to provide our joint security forces with the high-performance IP video surveillance solution they need to ensure a safe, fun experience for all the players and fans.”

For more than six decades, hundreds of thousands of players and spectators have descended each summer on the small borough of South Williamsport, PA, which has a population of less than 6,500, to watch 16 of the world’s best Little League baseball teams compete head-to-head to determine a world champion. Providing a safe and fun environment during this annual tournament is often challenging for such a small town, but with the cooperation of the technology partners, the FBI, Pennsylvania State Police, Local South Williamsport Police and Little League Baseball World Series security forces, the annual tournament continues to provide a safe and secure, yet family-friendly atmosphere.

Given the short duration of the event, simplicity in configuring and deploying the IP surveillance network, as well as ease of use, are paramount, as the entire network must be configured and deployed in just a few hours. The Allied Telesis GS950 Gigabit switches are feature-rich, yet easily configured, with an intuitive, user-friendly interface accessible from any web browser. Point-and-click configuration allows the installer to quickly see and modify the configuration with minimal or no training.

In addition, the GS950 switch delivers the performance and features required for reliable delivery of high resolution for the 1080p HDTV standard video streams generated by Axis’ state-of-the-art IP cameras deployed at the baseball venue. Each GS950 switch offers 95 Watts of intelligently managed Power over Ethernet to drive the cameras with Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) capabilities. The quality of service capabilities of the GS950 ensure that the operator of the PTZ cameras gets fast response and smooth video control for optimal performance.

Out-of-the-box features for loop prevention and options for copper or fiber connectivity allow fast and effortless connection and integration with the Firetide wireless network, which extends IP surveillance coverage to the entire Little League Baseball World Series venue including ball fields, retail outlets, walkways and parking areas.

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