Million dollar video deployment scheduled for equestrian games

World equestrian games plans major video surveillance roll-out for 16-day event


EMC Corporation, Arecont Vision, Orion Systems Group, Theia Technologies and Verint Systems have teamed to provide security technology and services for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The 16-day event will be hosted in the United States for the first time since its inaugural event, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

A working horse farm, theme park and equine competition center, the 1,200 acre Kentucky Horse Park will welcome more than a half a million guests to this year's event, scheduled to run from Sept. 25 to Oct 10.

"We are excited to be participating, as an official sponsor, in a sporting event with such incredible popularity worldwide," said Raul Calderon, vice president of marketing for Arecont Vision. "An event of this magnitude, with high profile guests and participants, requires a premier level of equipment for its security solutions. The World Equestrian Games will be one of the most technologically advanced security deployments worldwide."

More than 900 equine athletes and 800 human athletes will be participating in the games, representing over 60 countries worldwide. It will be the second-largest event to take place in North America, second only to the Olympic Games. The events are expected to draw close to 500 million television viewers across the globe.

"The sheer size and scope of the event highlight the need for organizations to quickly analyze and respond to the vast amounts of captured security data," said Dick O'Leary, senior director of EMC's Global Solutions.

As the physical security solutions provider, EMC will manage video surveillance information; provide security for hardware, software, and information created, used, stored and archived at the event; and conduct physical security training and provide on-site staffing in the physical security control center during the event. Arecont Vision will provide megapixel cameras equipped with lenses from Theia Technologies; Verint brings its video management software; and Orion Systems Group will provide integration and installation services.

"The venue for the World Equestrian Games is over 1,200 acres and presents numerous design and deployment challenges," said Paul Garver, president of Orion Systems Group. "Best practices and technologies must be leveraged to successfully deploy and operate an enterprise class surveillance system across a large geographic area with little or no existing network infrastructure."

In all, more than $1 million in security products will be deployed for the events.