Hikvision protects Singapore's world-class Theaters on the Bay

Hikvision protects Singapore's world-class Theaters on the Bay
The stunning and iconic Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay, is a nearly 15-acre (60,000 square meter) performing arts center located in Marina Bay, Singapore. In 2014, after a decade of operation, management at the Theaters on the Bay, The Esplanade – a not-for-profit organization and registered charity – decided to update their existing video surveillance system. Working with Hikvision and one-stop solution provider ATT Systems Group (Singapore), a new surveillance system was designed to deliver effective internal and external surveillance and perimeter protection for this prestigious arts center.

The challenge
In partnership with Hikvision, and drawing on their experience in venue queue management and security systems integration, ATT Systems worked with the Esplanade management to provide an effective solution to the project’s video surveillance challenges.

The theater’s prominent façade directly faces the Singapore Merlion Park, Marina Floating Platform, and Singapore Financial Hub. In order to preserve the aesthetics of the iconic arts building, the new IP-over-fiber surveillance system utilized carefully planned out locations for every camera.

Beyond providing effective video for general security, the new system also needed to provide 95% visual coverage of the entire site to assist with day-to-day management and visitor traffic flow as well as the implementation of required health and safety practices.

The solution
Using a mix of over 300 Hikvision 4-Series Smart Cameras and NVRs, along with Hikvision’s video management software, ATT Systems specifically chose components that address the various needs of each internal and external area of the venue, depending on usage and desired scene content.

In the main hallway and inside the theater, Hikvision’s 2 MP Full HD indoor dome network cameras were installed to provide 1080P imaging; these cameras features Smart Focus motorized VF lenses, BLC, Smart audio, and intruder-detection functionality. Providing 24/7 coverage in the car park, 2 MP Full HD outdoor dome network cameras were installed. Featuring built-in infrared (IR) LEDs, they can provide up to 165 feet (30m) of night-time viewing in complete darkness.

Preserving the internal aesthetics of the building’s architecture, compact and unobtrusive IR mini dome network cameras were installed in the reception and ticket counter areas. To assist with any disputes in ticketing, the Hikvision Mini Domes, with their built-in microphones, were installed at the ticket counters and monitor all ticketing transactions while also observing any problems that might occur at the entry turnstiles. The surveillance footage from these dome cameras is a great asset in helping the theater’s management team speed-up the flow of visitor traffic by reducing queues and waiting times.

Providing an ideal surveillance solution to monitor the theater’s perimeter, surrounding driveways, and walkways, Hikvision’s IP66-rated, 2 MP network PTZ dome cameras were installed, fully utilizing their 30x optical and 16x digital zoom and smart tracking functionality.

Powerful control
In the control room, supporting live viewing, storage, playback, and control of the over 300 network cameras, are Hikvision’s NVRs using one of the possible RAID configurations. In order to support the large number of PTZ speed domes, general security, and event management, the NVRs record both audio and video from each camera. Ideal for any size installation, the NVRs support hot-swappable HDDs and RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 storage.

To control Hikvision’s full range of Smart camera functions, including smart search and playback, Smart detection, and record backup, as well as Smart applications such as people counting, heat mapping, and interactive mapping, all system equipment is managed by Hikvision’s open-platform enterprise video management software. Designed specifically for large-scale projects with multiple channel surveillance, this VMS offers video preview, video playback, and comprehensive alarm management. Fully integrated to the Hikvision array of NVRs, the VMS also provides full control over the customization of video tags, playback by tag, and video searching; and for additional security of video footage, the locking and unlocking of any recorded files.

“Controlling the mix of over 300 smart cameras installed, Hikvision’s VMS allows the theater’s security team to manage all of its security subsystems on just one platform.”  

Lim Wee Kwang, Director, ATT Securitech


“We proposed the Hikvision solution based on our experience of using the company’s products on many other successful projects. We know Hikvision products are reliable and serve the needs of the customer perfectly. The end-user was delighted to work with us and Hikvision, the number one brand in video surveillance.”
With the Hikvision-powered security system now up and running, the Esplanade’s team of dedicated professionals at Singapore's national performing arts center have a powerful security and site management surveillance tool at their fingertips, assisting their quest to offer a great experience for visitors, inspiring audiences, and cultivating the arts at the beautiful Theaters on the Bay.


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