To get ready for the Winter Games in 2010, OnSSI installed a networked video system at BC Place, the multipurpose stadium in Vancouver that was the site of the opening and closing ceremonies of the winter games. Cobra Integrated Systems (CIS) was chosen to supply and install a system upgrading the existing video security system to prepare BC Place for the winter games and the new system had to be digital and able to accommodate at least 160 cameras.
At the center of the networked system is the video-centric PSIM software platform from OnSSI. Installed in time for the big event, the system also includes four servers with three RAID5 storage arrays, three client workstations using touch screens and a total of 106 megapixel cameras. The complex job also involved integration of existing PTZ and fixed analog cameras and video encoders. The system that has been installed allows for expansion as BC Place undergoes its next phase of revitalization and operation.
BC Place is the largest sports, exhibition and entertainment venue of its kind in British Columbia. BC Place closed for construction shortly after the 2010 winter games to undergo a revitalization that includes the largest retractable roof of its kind in the world. Upon reopening in 2011, BC Place will be the new home for the Vancouver MLS franchise, which will continue to be home to the BC Lions Football Club, the 2011 Grey Cup and many other exhibitions, community and entertainment events. BC Place was also the site of the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Paralympic Games.
CIS completed the entire project in just nine days, 13 technicians worked 12-to-16 hour shifts so that the systems was ready for the games and the opening ceremonies. Access to communication rooms was not permitted in the interest of security, which added a challenge to the installation. In addition to BC Place security, both the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and security for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Games used the systems.
“The OnSSI video solution was appropriate for this application because it provides a migration path to future expansion and added functionality,” said Geoff Thomas, Senior Account Manager, CIS.