The use of HD cameras and mobile domes with a high zoom factor enables identification in addition to detection. The choice of high definition for numerous cameras was dictated by the desire to monitor and be able to identify all of the visiting fans from the time they leave the bus until they return to it, while they are in the ticketing and security check zones, the bleachers, bathrooms and open squares, and also in the event of early departures due to dismissal or injury.
High definition is at the heart of 5 Full HD 1080p fixed cameras, 6 PTZ HD 720p mobile domes, and 28 HD 720p fixed domes strategically placed for preventing vandalism. These cameras are supplemented by 65 PTZ SD mobile domes with 18x or 36x optical zoom and two turret-mounted cameras. The XProtect Corporate software manages the standard and high definitions of the video streams with the same performance. All of the images are H.264 compressed, which is the best optimization in terms of bandwidth use and video data storage nowadays.
Frédéric Tant, Assistant Operations Manager of the Le Mans Football Club, pointed out to us that "the quality of both the live direct and the recorded images, as well as the recording capacity are top of the line," and added that "it is simply spellbinding."
A functional display and secure network
XProtect Corporate is currently connected to an XProtect Smart Wall module for controlling 2 image walls, while the security is equipped with 47-inch full HD screens for displaying multiple images or one full screen image. The images are accessible from a total of 4 workstations.
The system itself has a high level of security. Two recording servers exist on the network, a server for managing the SQL database, HP ProLiant servers for storage, and numerous switches are located in a bay in an area secured by access badge control.
Flexibility and manageability
One of the features of this new video surveillance system is the wide diversity of system user teams that can be changed with each type of event. For instance, the Le Mans Football Club uses the video surveillance system every 2 weeks during the season, for 12 hour sessions. But between these games, many other users can also have access to it.
This intricate management of user rights enabled by XProtect Corporate was one of the key factors in the decision process. Personalized parameters and rights can be assigned by user group, by user, and by shift, with administrator rights reserved for the owner, and everyone has access to the controls of "their" system at all times.
Furthermore, "just one day of training was all it took to be ready to use the system," according to Frédéric Tant. "The main advantage of this system is that it is very manageable. It is easy to use, and adaptable by those who are not experts. It can be manipulated very fast with the mouse and onscreen controls. We were able to create video scenarios quickly for each camera group, according to times and situations such as arrivals and departures to and from games. This enabled us to save a great deal of time."
A progressive system
XProtect is known for its capacity to integrate with third party technologies, particularly via Milestone Solution Partners and Manufacturing Alliance Partners. The system can easily work with intelligent video analysis functionalities for counting people or recognizing license plates in managing the vehicles of staff members, players, or VIPs. The software is continuously evolving, and updates to the next software versions are covered by a product maintenance agreement (PMA).