IndigoVision Surveillance Kicks off at African Sporting Venue

An IndigoVision IP video surveillance solution has been deployed at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, near Rustenburg, South Africa as part of a multimillion dollar security upgrade for the recent 2010 Football World Cup. The 42,000 capacity stadium was one of the 10 venues used to stage the World Cup finals and was also used to host the Confederations Cup in 2009. With experience of two Olympic Games and the 2006 Football Word Cup, IndigoVision's technology is a solution for the demanding security environment posed by major international sporting events.

The 120-camera system was supplied by IndigoVision's partner Norbain and installed by Southwest Systems, who also installed biometric access control alongside the IP video system. Commenting on the project, Southwest Systems' Director of Sales, Brian McMahon said, “It's an unavoidable fact of life that crowded areas are particularly vulnerable to security threats. Environments such as stadiums require complex security solutions that are both scalable and flexible. IndigoVision's system provides wide-ranging visibility throughout the premises as well as on the periphery to allow not only for instant incident capture but also incident prevention.”

A mix of IndigoVision's fixed and vandalresistant internal and external dome cameras were used throughout the stadium. “These network cameras offer image quality that is as good as, if not better than, their analog counterparts,” said John Loftus, MD of Norbain. “The camera range allows for deployment of IP-based surveillance systems since they only require a single CAT 5 cable for connection to the network. Because of the cameras' built-in PoE support they can be powered directly from the network, reducing installation costs.”

Operators located in a central control room overlooking the stadium's use security management software to monitor live and recorded video from the cameras. Its user interface and advanced display and search facilities allows multiple cameras to be monitored easily and operator efficiency to be maximized, leading to faster incident response.

Video is recorded continuously from all the cameras for 30 days on seven 1TB NVRs. Real-time analytics running in the network cameras reduce the network bandwidth and storage requirement by streaming lower framerate video during periods of inactivity in the camera scene. The instant motion is detected, video is automatically streamed at the maximum configured framerate.
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