OTTAWA, ONTARIO, January 24, 2012 –– March Networks, a global provider of intelligent IP video solutions, announced today that it has partnered with the Ottawa Senators to provide its next-generation video surveillance platform to enhance security and operations at Scotiabank Place – a world-class sports and entertainment facility and home to the National Hockey League (NHL) team. This week, the Ottawa Senators and Scotiabank Place will play host to the NHL All-Star Game.
The property management company is deploying the March Networks Command video management software (VMS) and megapixel IP cameras to replace an older surveillance system throughout the facility, which encompasses a 19,153-capacity multi-purpose arena, a fitness complex, multiple restaurants and other businesses. The solution delivers remote access to high-definition video, enabling Scotiabank Place staff to monitor activity in real-time and review recorded video quickly when needed – all from a central operations center.
"The March Networks system is a significant improvement to our security operations," said Cyril Leeder, Ottawa Senators President. "The quality of the video and the intuitive software allows our staff to find specific video clips in minutes, rather than hours. Not only will it play a critical role in ensuring the safety of our players, performers and hundreds of thousands of fans each year, it will provide Scotiabank Place with additional capabilities that enhance its operations and contribute to its competitive success in the entertainment marketplace."
The partnership extends to future product enhancements and innovations from March Networks, with Scotiabank Place serving as a showcase for next-generation stadium security technologies.
"Stadium security is a multi-billion dollar business worldwide and represents one of the fastest growing segments for video surveillance," said Peter Strom, President and CEO, March Networks. "We are proud to feature our latest technologies in such a prominent commercial venue, and look forward to working with the Ottawa Senators to develop new ideas and exciting technologies to address this rapidly growing segment of the industry."
In addition to indoor surveillance, Scotiabank Place will use the solution for key outdoor applications. March Networks pan-tilt-zoom IP cameras mounted on the facility's roof will be used to monitor parking lots and surrounding walkways. They will also help City of Ottawa transportation staff monitor traffic flow and more accurately adjust traffic signals to ease congestion before and after events.
The March Networks Command software, which incorporates a secure web-based browser, makes it easy for a variety of authorized users to leverage the system for security and operational purposes. The software scales seamlessly to support thousands of cameras, making it ideal for the Senators, who plan to extend the surveillance solution to a second recreational facility a few kilometers away later this year.