IP video and intelligent security system at Chicago's Navy Pier

IBM partners with Axis and Genetec for world's first intelligent networked video system for public safety


"Chicago is one of the first and most ambitious adopters of the smart city concept. As evidenced by this most recent project with Navy Pier, the City of Chicago is committed to infusing intelligence into its systems, processes and infrastructure to provide better quality of life for citizens and visitors," said Roger Rehayem, principal of emerging technologies for IBM Global Technology Services. "IBM is proud of its continued partnership with the City of Chicago, as the City once again sets the standard for homeland security."

"We are proud to be part of this important project," said Fredrik Nilsson, general manager of Axis Communications, Inc. "Partners like IBM appreciate our deep experience and broad product range as well as the high image and product quality of our network cameras."

"Partnering with IBM and Axis to offer Navy Pier one of the world's most cutting-edge intelligent solutions has a very positive experience," said Stephan Kaiser, Director of Sales, USA at Genetec. "We're glad to see the Navy Pier leverage Omnicast's unique capabilities, including Federation, to link this new system with the system installed at Chicago's OEMC - this ensures advanced monitoring and management as well as coordinated response."

Located on Lake Michigan, just East of Chicago's downtown, Navy Pier (www.navypier.com) is the top-visited tourist and leisure destination in the Midwest, welcoming more than eight million visitors annually for entertainment, cultural and educational events and attractions, as well as business meetings and tradeshows. It has an economic impact of more than one billion dollars annually. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, it is now one of the country's unique recreation and exposition facilities, showcasing more than 50 acres of parks, gardens, restaurants, shops, attractions, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exhibition facilities and more. Navy Pier is owned and operated by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority.